The Seven Day Switch | Kelly Harms | Book Review

The premise of The Seven Day Switch immediately captured my attention. This was a modern day Freaky Friday starring two women who were complete opposites and lived entirely different lives. Now, I love the Freaky Friday movies and was excited to see how this plotline would play out in this kind of book form. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the biggest fan of what actually happened.

The Seven Day Switch immediately gives you the picture of how different the characters of Celeste and Wendy were. Celeste was a stay at home mother with three kids and an adoring husband. Wendy was a working professional with two kids and a slacker husband. Celeste doesn’t understand how Wendy can be so uninvolved in the goings on of her children’s lives. Wendy thinks that Celeste is a do-gooder, an overachiever, and that her life as a stay at home mother is easy. From the very beginning, these two women are butting heads and then suddenly they find that they have somehow switched bodies.

I understand that by putting the two women against each other the author may have been trying to create a story where empathy and compassion would grow. It just did not sit right with me. There are so many digs on both stay at home mothers and professional women that it made me head spin. The whole novel is based on simple stereotypes and never seemed to grow beyond them. There were a couple of times that I felt like it was starting to make progress but, nothing ever really came of it.

It also felt like there was not going to be any true growth with these characters. Even at the very end, they are still fighting and nitpicking each other. And their resolution feels very surface based and there was no real depth to it The friendships of the children (their daughters and their sons) felt more real than anything that was occurring between their mothers. This could have been a much lighter read but, it was taken down by intense details of inner thoughts and activities many of which could have been explained in a few short sentences. By the end, everything felt so unrealistic, and it was almost as if both characters were meant to be disliked.

The Seven Day Switch presents itself as a positive empowering book about mothers and the sacrifices which they make. While I appreciate the effort that was put into this book, I did not finish it feeling empowered by or for other women. If anything, I felt empathetic for the women in this story who are constantly being judged by people who have no idea what their story is. If that was the original intent then that was what was achieved. Ultimately though something tells me that was not the true targeted message.

Rating: 2 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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