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From Lois Metzger, the acclaimed author of A Trick of the Light, comes a work of speculative fiction set in the near future about a teen girl who gains a new perspective on her life. Perfect for readers who enjoyed Adam Silvera's More Happy than Not.

Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was a little different. Her clothes and her hair don't suit her anymore. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates. There's no more sadness in her life; she's bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because until very recently, she was an entirely different person—a person who's still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

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        Lois Metzger was born in Queens and has always written for young adults. She is the author of three previous novels and two nonfiction books about the Holocaust, and she has edited five anthologies. Her short stories have appeared in collections all over the world. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker and The Nation, and she blogs for The Huffington Post. She lives in Greenwich Village with her husband, writer Tony Hiss, and their son.

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Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was a little different. Her clothes and her hair don't suit her anymore. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates. There's no more sadness in her life; she's bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because until very recently, she was an entirely different person—a person who's still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

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From Lois Metzger, the acclaimed author of A Trick of the Light, comes a work of speculative fiction set in the near future about a teen girl who gains a new perspective on her life. Perfect for readers who enjoyed Adam Silvera's More Happy than Not.

Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was a little different. Her clothes and her hair don't suit her anymore. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates. There's no more sadness in her life; she's bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because until very recently, she was an entirely different person—a person who's still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

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      • source: Kim Stanley Robinson, Hugo Award-winning author of Aurora
      • content: "Change Places with Me is a vivid, beautiful novel, a particular evocation of a story many of us have lived and all of us know. Read this to see what I mean."
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      • source: Gail Carson Levine, author of Ella Enchanted
      • content: "How I admire Lois Metzger's thoughtful and suspenseful novel—the pacing, the sympathetic characters, the emotional astuteness, the believable near-future setting. It captivated me from the first page to the last."
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      • source: Booklist (starred review)
      • content: "The austere, almost clinical nature of the story harks back to the Kazuo Ishiguro's classic, Never Let Me Go. With a simplicity that belies its profundity, this title will linger long in readers' minds."
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "An interesting, experimental near-future character study."
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      • source: The Horn Book
      • content: "Metzger's novel tackles deep issues: how to cope with painful memories; the futility of trying to be perfect. Touches of sci-fi and mystery glamorize this complex and introspective story of a girl growing up and moving on."
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      • source: Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
      • content: "Metzger has created a unique work of speculative fiction that does a winning job of dealing with universal themes; it is strongly recommended for young adult collections."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "Metzger creates a world only slightly altered by time to express what happens when one vulnerable teen's desire to be someone else comes true. Whether or not readers agree with the decisions Rose makes, they may be inspired to examine how their own emotions affect their perception of the world."
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      • source: Baltimore Sun
      • content: "A quick, mind-bending ride that combines high school politics with brain-altering medical shenanigans... compulsively readable and lots of fun."
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        August 8, 2016
        One morning in 2029, Rose wakes up feeling different. Instead of carrying the weight of sadness spurred by tragedies in her life, she is happy. Instead of avoiding people, she wants to talk and actually acts friendly toward her stepmother and classmates she has ignored in the past. Rose doesn't know why her mood has transformed, but it seems to involve a cloud of red light and a vague memory of a short-haired girl. In this psychological drama, Metzger (A Trick of the Light) creates a world only slightly altered by time to express what happens when one vulnerable teen's desire to be someone else comes true. The troubles Rose faces, as she tries to comprehend what has happened to her and whether it matters if her newfound happiness is real, relate to ethical questions about scientific advancements and psychological treatments. Whether or not readers agree with the decisions Rose makes, they may be inspired to examine how their own emotions affect their perception of the world. Ages 14–up. Agent: Susan Cohen, Writers House.

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        April 1, 2016
        Rose, a quiet, shy girl living in New York City in 2029, suddenly comes out of her shell. The white 15-year-old seeks out new, popular friends, although she tries to include her longtime best friend in their activities as well. Once so averse to human contact that she ate her school lunch facing a wall, now Rose is gregarious to a fault. She throws parties for her new friends, gets a radical new haircut, and searches for an elusive jean jacket, one that she feels she must have. Readers learn that this is a radical change in Rose's personality from the reactions of those around her; her presentation in the third-person narrative is blandly unquestioning. However, the scene changes with the second half of the book, and readers learn why Rose has been acting in this new way. Something she experienced in this brave new world has changed her personality. Now she wants to return to her true self and to her real name. But can she? The exposition is simple and declarative, with no lyricism getting in the way of readers' growing immersion in Rose's character, which gains depth and interest as the book progresses. The near-future setting is likewise unadorned, with just a few science-fiction tweaks to create a world that plausibly might also contain new scientific advances. An interesting, experimental near-future character study. (Science fiction. 12-18)

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        Starred review from April 15, 2016
        Grades 8-11 *Starred Review* From the author of A Trick of the Light (2013) comes a nuanced tale of grief and memory. Teenage Rose goes about her life with seeming normalcy in the fictional Belle Heights neighborhood of a near-future New York City, yet both readers and Rose feel dislocated. Rose seems to grieve for her father, and yet the grief feels hollow. Indeed, something is missing, though it takes Rose some time to track down what exactly it is. It's not her memory per se but the feelings associated with them. They've been tampered with, replaced with a faux happiness in a procedure called Memory Enhancement. With an economy of prose rarely found in today's contemporary YA fiction, Metzger smartly structures the novel in three parts, allowing the reader to shift back to see the old Roseor Clara, as she was known pre-procedurebefore shifting forward to the present. Though it shares some themes with Adam Silvera's accomplished More Happy Than Not (2015), Metzger's presentation is distinctive. The austere, almost clinical nature of the story harks back more to Kazuo Ishiguro's classic, Never Let Me Go (2005). With a simplicity that belies its profundity, this title will linger long in readers' minds.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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