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“The Switch brilliantly encompasses all the humor and whimsy of The Flatshare while delving into emotional topics like grief and the importance of watching out for neighbors. Charismatic Eileen stands out as the star of this witty, joyful show, illustrating that mature women need love, too.”
―Booklist, starred review
"[A] cozy, hopeful escape that will make readers laugh, cry, or feel inspired." ―Kirkus, starred review
“The Switch was refreshing, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable. This story has everything you could ask for: witty characters, strong female relationships and a view about love that’d make anyone hopeful.” ―Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author
“In this time of increased isolation, The Switch offers a hopeful reminder to reach out to our neighbors with an open mind. It’s a cozy, lovely story about how community matters more than ever.”
―BookPage, starred review
“I am SO LOVING The Switch! It's so sweet and uplifting and SUCH a balm in these wretched times.” ―Marian Keyes, internationally bestselling author
“Reading this felt like checking in on old friends. A bright, life-affirming story with beautifully rich characters.” –Abby Jimenez, bestselling author of The Friend Zone
“I loved it! It was a total joy to read. I loved the concept, the relationship between Eileen and Leena and the wonderful cast of friends both in London and Yorkshire. And it was such a breath of fresh air to read about a 79-year old woman dating (and even – hurrah! – having sex!) The exact kind of thing I believe we need to see more of in books and films. Eileen gives me great hope for the future! I shall be recommending it to my friends.”
―Libby Page, author of The Lido
Praise for Beth O’Leary:
“The new Jojo Moyes.” ―Cosmopolitan (UK)
“Perfect for fans of Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient and Sally Thorne's The Hating Game.” ―Booklist
“Add this to your summer reading list...Everyone needs to devour immediately." ―USA Today
“Set to become the romcom of the year…a Sleepless In Seattle for the 21st century.” ―Sunday Express Magazine (UK)
“The novel equivalent of a cup of hot tea.” ―Refinery29
About the Author
- File Size : 2059 KB
- Publisher : Flatiron Books (August 18, 2020)
- ASIN : B081LW6477
- Print Length : 333 pages
- Publication Date : August 18, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,301 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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It got me frustrated at Ethan, excited for Tom, infuriated about Howard and totally in love with Arnold. And if a book evoked 1/3 those emotions about half the characters, I can it a good book. This one thought, it is just amazing!
We have two very different (maybe not) women, a grandmother, Eileen and her granddaughter, Leena needing a change.
Leena's sister, Carla passed away from cancer a few months back. This has left Leena feeling a terrible loss, her grief is consuming her and she is struggling at work. After having a panic attack during one of her presentations to a big client, her boss tells her to take two months off to relax.
Leena decides to visit the town her grandmother and mother lived in. This is also where Carla spent the last few months of her life. It's hard for Leena to visit her mother's home especially since Leena has not dealt with her grief and she's estranged from her mother.
Eileen is an active 79-year-old woman. She lives in Yorkshire. She is part of the community and helps everyone she can. Her husband walked out on her a few years back and she would like to find some male company. She is thinking of starting dating but she knows the pool of men in her age group is scarce in her town.
Then, Leena has a bright idea. Why don't they swap lives? Eileen should go to London, stay with her roommates and start dating while Leena stays in Yorkshire to help with all the activities her grandmother participates in and also to check on her mother.
Easy peasy, right?
The audio was fantastic. A job well done by both Daisy Edgar-Jones and Alison Steadman as the narrators.
Now in regards to the novel, I can honestly say that I adored these characters. Eileen was superb. Her parts were probably my favorite ones. She was classy, funny, interesting, helpful, a good friend and a great grandmother.
Leena was fun too. In the beginning, she was a mess but once she starts finding out more about herself, the stronger she became. I also love her romance with Jackson and her friendship with Arnold.
Kudos to Beth O'Leary for creating a cute story with memorable characters!
Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.
So they decide to try a two-month swap.
Eileen will live in London and look for love. She’ll take Leena’s flat, and learn all about casual dating, swiping right, and city neighbors. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire: Eileen’s sweet cottage and garden, her idyllic, quiet village, and her little neighborhood projects.
But stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected. Will swapping lives help Eileen and Leena find themselves…and maybe even find true love? In Beth O’Leary’s The Switch, it’s never too late to change everything….or to find yourself.
My Thoughts: The Switch was such a delightful way for these two women to change their lives, just by swapping them out for a couple of months. For Eileen, in the countryside, approaching her eightieth birthday, there would be few chances for the kind of adventure she needed.
For her granddaughter Leena, who was burned out at work and struggling with the loss of her sister Carla, a new perspective was sadly needed.
In alternating chapters, Leena and Eileen switch voices, sharing their thoughts and adventures as they navigate the lives they have adapted.
Each brought something unique to their new circumstances…and found something hidden within themselves. Can Eileen find love again? Will Leena discover that what she thought she wanted isn’t it at all?
I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the lives of these characters, enjoying their discoveries and their deepest thoughts. 5 stars.
For someone like me (reader originally from Tbilisi, Georgia) it was really interesting to read about life in English countryside as well as the life in London. I cannot wait for the third book from the author.
Top reviews from other countries
The Switch, Beth O’Leary’s follow up to The Flatshare, did not disappoint. Again, it’s a story from two perspectives - a granddaughter and a grandmother.
Leena, a 20 something high achiever in London, has struggled with her mental health and at work after the death of her sister, Carla. Leena’s manager directs her to take two months leave. She finds herself at a loose end.
Seventy nine year old Eileen, Leena’s grandmother, is in Leeds, Yorkshire. She’s had a tumultuous few years – her husband left her for another woman, her granddaughter died, and she’s been looking after her daughter who has also struggled since Carla’s death.
Leena and Eileen are close – talking on the phone regularly. Eileen suggests the two of them swap places in life. Eileen went to stay at Leena’s London apartment with her flatmates, and Leena went to Eileen’s cottage in Yorkshire. They even swapped phones, and Eileen borrowed a Leena’s high heels.
They fit in to each other’s lifestyles well – making friends and building communities. They try new things - Eileen tried online dating (and helps Leena’s friend with her dating), and ales a tried her hand at event planning.
Throw in a gaslighting, cheating boyfriend - Ethan; a casual affair - Todd, an actor from the west end; and a new flame - Jackson - and there’s the romance. There’s also some same sex relationships and mentions about about diverse families. The secondary characters get good coverage - especially Eileen and Leena’s friends.
There are some funny scenes - especially involving Eileen and her well meaning meddling. While Eileen and Leena don’t speak as much during their life swap, they always have each other’s back. I wasn’t close to my grandmother, and I do wish I had the strong bond Eileen and Leena have.
There were some themes around grief too - which moved me as I read this on the eve of the anniversary of the death of my best friend.
This is a book about intergenerational friendships and unexpected happiness through a change of scenery.
“I couldn’t have figured myself out if I’d not been someone else”, Leena said. A poignant line in a really lovely book. Thanks Beth.
I listened to the audiobook and loved the narrators. It was a quick read, but I didn’t want it to end.
As well as reading the book on kindle I was also listening to the book on audible and I think that helped me to better understand the characters in a way.
Would definitely recommend this as a top read. First book I have read by Beth O’Leary - cannot wait to read her debut novel Flatshare and also The Road Trip when it comes out next year.
I didn’t think I would find Eileen’s life so interesting! But when she is left by her husband for a dance instructor, she is soon on the hunt for sex 🙊 and love! Sounds gross, but trust me, it’s hilarious and kinda cute 😌 she also has the amazing idea to turn her daughter home communal area into a Social Club for the Elderly and it’s amazing! So inspirational!🙋🏽♀️
Leena on the other hand is suffering from the death of her sister and upon visiting her grandma, suggests they swap lives and homes!! Which means Leena needs to face her mother and her past.. hmm interesting!! Leena has lived the fast life since her sister died, but now she has to adjust and be a lot slower! She makes some unforgettable friends and memories along the way! ❤️
Truly brilliant! I’ve never felt so many emotions whilst reading books before! It’s great! 😁