Author: Molly Snow
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: Breezy Reads
Length: 138 pages
Genre: Middle grade/ YA fiction
When a magical black cat, Surla, runs away from her bombastic witch, Idis, she has no idea that she will soon be living as a teenage girl, confronting both the mean girls and the popular—and very cute—guys of Washington High on a daily basis.
While Surla may look like Cathy, her peers notice a dramatic change in her personality when she starts standing up for herself, dressing differently, snagging dates, and picking up strange habits. Meanwhile, the witch Idis is a flaming red-haired fury as she awkwardly tries to fit into society. She must hunt down her familiar in order to be able to continue performing spells. In spite of their circumstances, Surla and Cathy learn more about themselves and gain great self esteem by being each other. Not only this, but the usual drama and young love in high school life is kindled in BeSwitched as Todd, the handsome quarterback, shows sincere interest in Cathy. The “curse” of being BeSwitched winds up being the most purr-fect secret these new best friends could ever have!
I received a review copy of BeSwitched and its sequel, BeSwitched Witch from the author before the BeSwitched blog tour but I haven’t managed to read it up until now. Being a black cat owner myself, I was quite excited about this book and it turned out to be a cute read.
If I had to make comparisons, I would say that BeSwitched was a bit like Freaky Friday and Sabrina the Teenage Witch rolled into one. To be honest, it took me quite a while to get into the story and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but it turned out to be a fun read. Surla and Cathy were fun and I started to enjoy all the crazy situations they found themselves in. My favourite character was Todd, a handsome but still not overly popular footballer, who happens to be Cathy’s classmate. He was really sweet and I’m definitely looking forward to finding out what happens to him in BeSwitched Witch.
The reason why I struggled to get into the story was probably down to to things: the book’s target audience is, I would say, somewhere around the age of 13, and the writing itself wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. On the other hand, considering the fact that the author wrote the book when she was 16 herself, it’s quite a good read. The second half of the book certainly makes up for the first half and the ending will no doubt make you want to pick up the sequel. BeSwitched is a fun and cute fairytale and I would say give it a shot if you like middle-grade/ YA fiction with a bit of a twist.