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The Boyfriend Swap Paperback – November 7, 2017
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"Schorr (A State of Jane) mixes and matches couples with charming aplomb in this sweet-natured romcom. Controlling, occasionally selfish attorney Sidney Bellows and cute-as-a-button, innocent elementary school music teacher Robyn Lane are tired of being judged by their families for their choices in boyfriends. They make an ill-advised drunken deal at a wine party: Sidney will take Robyn's offbeat, laid-back actor boyfriend, Perry Smith, to her wealthy parents' home in Scarsdale, N.Y., for Christmas, and Robyn will head back to Bala Cynwyd, Pa., with Sidney's serious lawyer boyfriend, Will, for the holidays. Things get complicated when Robyn finally meets Will and realizes he is Will Brady, her teenage crush and former next-door neighbor--and even more so when Robyn admits to herself that she's still head-over-heels for him. Despite a far-fetched plot device, the author manages to easily reel readers in from the start, especially with quintessential girl-next-door Robyn and chivalrous lawyer Will. (Sidney and Perry are a slightly harder sell.) Pieces of the puzzle are thoroughly and appealingly mixed up in this well-paced tale, and younger readers and fans of sweet romance will appreciate that the action on the page is limited to innocent kissing." Publishers Weekly
"With a premise that rivals the best film rom-coms, The Boyfriend Swap is filled with romance, humor and heart -- a delight from beginning to end. Meredith Schorr delivers chick lit gold!" -- Jamie Brenner, USA Today bestselling author of The Forever Summer
"Schorr begins with a wonderful premise: two women swap boyfriends--the type of guys they think will keep their ever-inquisitive parents at bay while everyone is home for the holidays. Then, with each scene, Schorr ramps up the stakes for everything to go wrong--which it does with hilarious consequences. But the way in which Schorr handles both heroines' soul-searching journeys to self-fulfillment--with or without Mr. Right at her side--is why I flat-out loved this book. Trust me, you will too." -- Josie Brown, author of Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
"Fast-paced and fun. I loved this charming story." -- Michele Gorman, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author
"Meredith Schorr has created a whimsical,starry-eyed holiday tale--a merry little romp about second chances and unexpected connections." -- Phoebe Fox, author of the Breakup Doctor series
"Friends swap shoes, purses and gossip. Why not boyfriends? Warm, witty and winning, The Boyfriend Swap is wonderful entertainment you'll want to share with your best friend." -- Karin Gillespie, author of Divinely Yours
About the Author
A born-and-bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and humorous women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hardworking trademark paralegal and her still-single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict.
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Workaholic lawyer Sidney Bellows and music teacher Robyn Lane are dreading the holidays for different reasons. Sidney thinks if she brings the successful boyfriend she's been keeping secret home to meet her conservative, goal-oriented parents, they will try to hurry the two of them down the aisle while Robyn is sure her folks will continue to disapprove of her struggling actor beau. The idea of switching boyfriends is cooked up one night when both ladies have over-imbibed. In the sobering light of day, Robyn thinks it's a crazy scheme that's doomed for disaster, but Sidney insists it's the answer to all their problems. Robyn is even less keen on the swap when she learns Sidney's boyfriend is also the cutie she lusted after in high school. There's no stopping this runaway train, though, and soon the two faux couples are off to make merry with Sidney's and Robyn's families. What follows is a surprise to all the swap's participants as they start to question their relationships and face some hard truths that may just change the course of their lives.
The journeys of Robyn/Will and Jordan/Perry are equally entertaining and riveting. Can you imagine being reunited with your teenage crush as an adult? Robyn runs through a whole gamut of emotions while spending time with and growing closer to Will. Meanwhile, Sidney wants to wring Perry's neck because he keeps going off-script, teasing and flirting with her, and showboating in front of her family who are completely charmed by him, which was NOT the plan. Most of the comedy in the book comes from Perry throwing curveballs at control freak Sidney, and I was endlessly amused by their combative dynamic, which provided a great contrast to the more poignant Will/Robyn scenes.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that the story didn't end when the boyfriend swap was over, it carries on for a few months afterwards so that we can see what the fallout from the scheme is. And it does lead to big changes in the heroines' lives, both personally and professionally. I won't tell you how things work out for any of the couples, but suffice it to say, that there are some twists and turns in the last act that will keep you turning pages and everyone ends up exactly where they should be.
Although part of this story plays out against a holiday background, I think it's one that could be read and appreciated at any time of the year. I got such a kick out of all the characters and Ms. Schorr's snappy writing. If you're looking for a fun, fast-paced read that will provide you with both laughs and feels, this is the book for you!
Complete opposites Sidney and Robyn both don't want to bring their boyfriends home for Christmas. Lawyer Sidney is afraid her lawyer beau will be nabbed by her lawyer father and her personal life and professional lives will merge and nothing will ever be hers again. Musician Robyn only dates creative types that her parents, musicians themselves, don't approve of.
Sidney suggests that they swap boyfriends for the long Christmas weekend, and though apprehensive, Robyn agrees. What happens this one weekend changes the women and their lives forever.
What I love about Meredith's writing is how easy she makes the dialogue and jokes flow. There are no awkward segues that need explanation, she uses current pop culture to enhance her story's world, but it never seems dated.
If I had to pick a friend out of both characters, I'd have to pick Robyn. We're both musicians, so we'd definitely have a lot to talk about and bond over.
Sidney seemed overly prickly and defensive, but that gave her room for enormous character growth.
I do admit that I went into this knowing it'd be fairly predictable, but sometimes the best part about predictable (and RomComs and Hallmark movies in general) is the journey.
Another great novel to add to my growing Meredith Schorr collection!
Robyn and Sidney couldn't be more different and the same goes for their boyfriends, Perry and Will. I loved seeing their characters come to life and watching their interactions, wondering how they would all manage to pull this charade off and it was hilarious how it happened.
I love digging deep into characters--learning what makes them who they are and seeing how that carries over into their interactions with each other and this one didn't disappoint in that area. Although there is some depth (or fluff) to each one of them, the story stays light and fun and tugs on the romantic heartstrings.
I love a good, clean feel-good romance that focuses on the feelings and chemistry, rather than on the physical aspects and while this story does talk about intimacy in rather vague ways (meaning, not graphic), there is a lot of talk, but it does stay behind closed doors (which I appreciated).
Content (especially for my clean reader friends): there is a good amount of sex talk (nothing graphic and a couple of fade to black scenes); innuendo; kissing. It's sketchy clean--like a PG-13 movie; a handful of moderate language.