The Seven Day Switch by Kelly Harms
Celeste Mason is the Pinterest stay-at-home supermom of other mothers’ nightmares. Despite her all-organic, SunButter-loving, free-range kids, her immaculate home, and her volunteering awards, she still has time to relax with a nice glass of pinot at the end of the day. The only thing that ruins it all is her workaholic, career-obsessed neighbor, who makes no secret of what she thinks of Celeste’s life choices every chance she gets.
Wendy Charles is a celebrated productivity consultant, columnist, and speaker. On a minute-by-minute schedule, she makes the working-mom hustle look easy. She even spends at least one waking hour a day with her kids. She’s not apologizing for a thing. Especially to Celeste, who plays her superior parenting against Wendy whenever she can.
Who do Celeste and Wendy think they are? They’re about to find out thanks to one freaky week. After a neighborhood potluck and too much sangria, they wake up—um, what?—in each other’s bodies. Everything Celeste and Wendy thought they knew about the “other kind of mom” is flipped upside down—along with their messy, complicated, maybe not so different lives.
The Seven Day Switch had quite a few sweet moments, but I came away with very mixed feelings about it. Celeste is a stay at home mom, while Wendy has a full time job and apparently invented busyness. Wendy spends the entire book criticizing Celeste, complaining about how busy she is, as though it is a prize to be won. In this freaky friday type story, even when Wendy and Celeste switch bodies, Wendy still obsesses over how busy she is and how meaningless Celeste’s life is. Mom Wars, I get it, but Wendy does get exhausting after a while.
It probably wouldn’t be so bad if Wendy ever at least apologized for some of things she said to Celeste. But nope. She grows, sure, but she never physically apologizes for her words or actions. Celeste does, but I guess Wendy is still just too busy.
It is an okay story, and the growth from both women is good to see. They both learn things about themselves and each other, and even find some common ground. So full circle. But Wendy, she just really rubbed me the wrong way and made me want to slap her so hard. She demands carpool rides, gets upset when newcomers try out for softball, and is ridiculously petty at times.
I did really like Celeste. Yes, she’s a bit over the top, but she does seem to be a genuinely decent person, and probably someone I could get on well with in real life.
I did like the story, despite my complaining about Wendy. Some of the interactions between Celeste and Wendy made me giggle, and there are things to be learned from each of them. I will say that the ending was something I was rooting for from the beginning. The Seven Day Switch is a very quick read, which is nice.
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Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with the ARC for The Seven Day Switch. All of my thoughts and opinions in this review are my own, without influence.