Book Review: The Swap

August 6, 2020 in Blog, Reviews - boundbythebook

๐™„๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™š, ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช. ๐™‰๐™ค, ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ.

๐ŸƒWhat was the last book that you didnโ€™t connect with you or DNFโ€™d?๐Ÿƒ

Iโ€™m not big on not finishing a book. There are instances where I have DNF one (Sorry, Untamed) but this one I chose to see through to the end because I wanted to make sure what I had to say included the entire book.

Iโ€™d love to hear other perspectives. Am I just overreacting? It just really sits wrong with me.

The story centers around a hedonistic, narcissistic, and toxic โ€œinfluencerโ€ who throughout the story physically and mentally abuses those closest to her.

๐™๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™  ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™–๐™ช๐™จ๐™š:

โ€ข She (main character-Freya) grooms an underaged character.

โ€ข Abuse is normalized throughout

โ€ข Non-heteronormative characters that are regarded as โ€œweirdโ€, โ€œin a sex cultโ€, and disregarded because of their preferences.

โ€ข Normalizes suicide ideation as means of viable revenge

โ€ข Use of manipulation/suicide threats to force obedience

โ€ข Demonizes body types that donโ€™t fit societal expectations at large (thin, fit, tan, visibly muscular, blonde, etc.) as attractive or worthy

โ€ข Demonizes female body as it pertains to pregnancy, childbirth, and child rearing.

โ€ข Literal hate on children??? Like, how??

The last and final issue I have is that the plot was centered on this constant catty back and forth between the three female characters. Again, one of which was underaged (until she turned 18 at some point during the novel.) The plot contradictions were numerous, pedantic, and were insulting as a reader in the targeted group for this novel.

I hope this serves as a word of caution should you decide you may want to read this book. It was on my wishlist and I genuinely thought Iโ€™d enjoy it but it turned into a nightmare.

This review is not in affiliation with any third party, author, publisher, or otherwise. All opinions herein are honest and my own.

A reader of books, a writer of reviews, a blogger of both.

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The Mother-in-Law
Feels Like Falling
You and Me and Us
In Five Years
First Cut
The Safe Place
The Guest List
A Conspiracy of Bones
The Tenant
Daisy Jones & The Six
Lying in Wait and Other True Cases
You Are Not Alone
American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
The Sun Down Motel
Morgue: A Life in Death
Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist
Blood On the Table: The Greatest Cases of New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
A History of Modern Psychology
Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner

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