I love when I randomly pick up a book off my shelf and it just hits RIGHT and I consume the book in one day. The Swap by Robyn Harding did that for me in early June, as I was heading back to work at the library. I had received an ARC a few months before, but had been putting off reading the book–I’m almost glad I did because it was such a good read to enjoy in one long, hot day.
The Swap is the story of two couples: Freya and Max, a former celebrity-athlete couple, and Brian and Jaime, college sweethearts who want a baby; and then there’s Low–the loner teenage raised by poly parents who is desperate for attention and drawn to these couples. Quickly drawn in by Freya, Low becomes intwined in the catastrophes of these two couples and their one wild night that will have major repercussions for all five of them.
I’ll be honest, i had no idea what to expect with this book. For some reason, I thought it was Low who was being swapped around, but there’s so much more here. If you like character-driven dramas and twists and multi-POV chapters that interlock well, this book is for you. It’s not the BEST writing I’ve ever encountered, but I read the book fast and that’s good with me! I liked the ending a lot even if it wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly, but this is a great quick read for anyone that needs a pick-me-up in the reading world. It’s not uplifting, but it’s compelling.