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Changeover: A Supernatural Romance (Point) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1994
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Chant, perfectly named, can sense things that others can't. She can sense that her brother's rapid descent into illness is supernatural, and that it is linked to the boy's unfortunate contact with the also perfectly named Carmody Braque. She also can sense that the mysterious prefect at her school, an older boy named Sorensen Carlisle, is a "witch" and that he may hold the only key to healing her brother.
Sorry, as he's called, is one of those magnificent characters, the enigmatic boy who shows all the signs of being a proto-romance hero. But here, he's young, sly, and not above using his advantage over Laura. Mahy writes Laura as a strong character, and watching her handle Sorry is a lot of fun.
This novel is full of brooding atmosphere but with a great contemporary setting. Mahy's protagonist carries her weight, but everyone else is equally nuanced and fascinating. The book calls itself a romance, but I've never read an adult romance filled with such menacing ambiguity.
The Changeover was a rare bird back in mid-eighties--there weren't too many well-written books about magic and the supernatural with teenage girls as the protagonists in those days. This was a genre that I adored and could never get enough of back then. So this novel was an instant favorite.
There are certain books that you read when you are young that shape the kind of person that you become--not necessarily in a large way, but in subtle way. The Changeover was one of these books for me. I didn't realize it when I read the book at fourteen, but The Changeover is a metaphor for changing from childhood to adulthood--from becoming a girl to becoming a woman. And this book really captures that--all the insecurity and the fear, and even the pleasure that you feel as a girl in your own new-found, womanly power. I guess this book appealed to me so much because it made me feel better about a lot of the things I was going through at fourteen; it gave me a certain confidence in myself: I wasn't just getting older--I was becoming a different being.
I have read other comments about this book and I agree with the reviewers that say they want a sequel. I still think about Laura from time to time--she and I were the same age when the book came out--and I often wonder what became of her and what type of woman she became.
Laura Chant is a sensitive, a girl with supernatural inclinations, with certain glimpses into the future. One day she looks into the mirror and sees herself changed. She is aware that her world is going to change, but doesn't know what to do about it. Then her beloved brother Jacko starts to sicken from what she knows is not a natural cause. She's recognized the school prefect Sorenson Carlisle as a witch, and goes to him for help. He tells her that in order to save Jacko she can be changed over, that is become a witch, but the transformation is irrevocable. She will forever be separate from most others.
Mahy is an incredible writer. She makes the strange seem like home, and also makes the familiar worth another look. Read this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I studied the book at university and have passed around this book to many fiends that I lost it along the way, now that I have been a teacher for 20 years I would love to bring... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am almost forty andI love this book. I would check it out at the library once a month when I was younger and then when I got older I would get it once a year and still read it... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Heather
Laura Chant isn’t your average New Zealand teenager, and I’d say that even if I had a clue what New Zealand teenagers were really like. Read morePublished 20 months ago by E.J. Jones
I read this as a middle school kid, I think, and even though the concepts were a bit scary for me, I liked the way it was written. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Swank Ivy
I adore this book; it was one of my favorites during my pre-teen and teen years. It follows Laura Chance through a mystical adventure to save her little brother from a psychic... Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Miranda
I probably read this when it first came out in 1984. The fact that it dances into my mind once a month or so all these years later is pretty telling, I'd say. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by K. Levin
I first read The Changeover when I was about twelve, and have reread it many, many times since then. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Shelly84
Laura Chant is a teen growing up with her divorced mom and younger brother in New Zealand. Laura sees that something is happening to her brother but no one else seems to understand... Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Debnance at Readerbuzz