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The Switch by Beth O'Leary

clairejp_29's review against another edition

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hopeful reflective sad medium-paced

3.5

yvoot's review against another edition

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lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0


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jesslolsen's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 stars. A predictable yet cute story that felt to be more about Eileen than Leena (i want to be best friends with them both!). This story also prompted me to message my grandma more.

webbhkg's review against another edition

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emotional lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

hammysoup's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

hallmonitor's review against another edition

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funny lighthearted

4.0

artemisss's review against another edition

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lighthearted relaxing slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character

3.5

rainbowbookworm's review against another edition

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4.0

Beth O'Leary's novel is over the top and requires some suspension of disbelief for the grinch inside of us, but it is heartwarming and that is the point. I listened to the audiobook, thanks to an ARC by the publishers and enjoyed the dual narrations by Daisy Edgar-Jones, a young British actress with another audiobook narration in her resumé, and Alison Steadman, a more established British actress with more roles and audiobook narrations under her belt.

They did a fantastic job bring Leena and her grandmother Eileen to life. Leena's adventures in her grandmother's Yorkshire village is a bit on the predicable side, but it still has the appeal of a [a:Sophie Kinsella|6160|Sophie Kinsella|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1245821549p2/6160.jpg] romance.

The true star of the book, however, is Eileen. Like all the characters who first met Eileen in London, I fell in love with this almost octogenarian who was looking for love--and sex!--after her husband left her after many years of unhappy married life. Eileen is a force to be reckoned with. Used to being a community leader and organizer she is quick to identify those in need of companionship in her London community and sets out to do something about as she navigates a relationship app and the men who express interest in her. And yes, her happily-ever-after plot line was predictable as well, but I did not care after all of her adventures in London.

almondcookies's review against another edition

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3.0

This book is based around two main characters, an elderly lady living in a sleepy Yorkshire village and her grandchild hustling in London. Both aren’t happy and so swap houses and duties for a few months (I say swap houses and not swap lives, because when I first read “swap lives”, I thought this was a body swap ala Freaky Friday kind of deal. It’s not).

Grandma goes to the big city, finds herself by making friends, building a community, helping those around her and having casual sex. Grandaughter goes to Yorkshire, drinks lots of tea, cools her shit for 93% of the book, then remembers in that this is supposed to be part romance and quickly rushes to find anyone within the appropriate age and 5 mile radius before the end of the book.

What I hated: Granddaughter and her love life was extremely infuriating.
What I loved: Grandma. And Yorkshire Tea. The best tea.

zoecrook's review against another edition

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funny hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5