[Review] The Changeover

Thechangeover.pngI received a copy of this book from the publisher Hachette NZ in exchange for an honest review.

Read as part of the April A Very ARC-ish Readathon

Quick fire review:

I wish I had read this as a teen.

The Changeover is a stunning coming of age tale with a supernatural twist that will have you hooked. Come fall in love with Laura and Sorry.


The face in the mirror. From the moment she saw it, Laura Chant knew that something dreadful was going to happen. It wasn’t the first time she’d been forewarned. But never before had anything so terrible happened. The horrifyingly evil Carmody Braque touched and branded her little brother – and now Jacko was very ill, getting steadily worse.

There was only one way to save him. Laura had to change over: had to release her supernatural powers. And that meant joining forces with the extraordinary and enigmatic Sorenson Carlisle…


4 out of 5 stars

Special thanks to Hachette NZ for sending me a copy of this book before its re-release. I may be the only person in New Zealand who didn’t read this as a teen.

Margaret Mahy has a wonderful way with words. Her writing is incredibly detailed and she has a fantastic ability to make her characters jump off the page. Unlike most books these days that tend to be too long, I wish this hadn’t been so short. I was incredibly addicted to the writing and the characters that I would’ve happily stuck with this for another 100 pages.

“It changes you for ever, but you are changing for ever anyway.”

Family plays a great role in this book and it is always refreshing to read a story where there is genuine respect. The relationship between her and her brother is sweet and I like that she tries to go to such great lengths to protect him. Special shout out goes to her mum, the mums boyfriend and her dad who show that it is possible for adults to be, you know, adults. It seems pretty rare in books and TV to find to male father figures standing on common ground but Mahy has done a wonderful job of fitting them both peacefully into Laura’s life.

Now to the romance. Both Laura and Sorry have those same YA tropes that you come to love in a character yet feel completely unique. They are both equally as complex and interesting and while as a unit they bounce off one another well, I did enjoy them individually too. The romance in this is sweet and a little instalovey at times, but the best part is that it isn’t a key focus of the story but rather its own background character.

At its core this is a coming of age story with a supernatural twist.

If you’re looking to pick up something that is written really well, has an old school vibe but still contains all of your favourite YA tropes, don’t miss out on this book.


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