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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
If you think Freaky Friday was a rollercoaster, it's nothing compared to Quoleena Sbrocca's Slip. Xavier and Natasha are two different teenagers with two separate lives. Tasha has an amazing quarterback boyfriend and a group of popular girls that she calls her friends. Xavier is a sweet and sensitive boy struggling with his identity, who adores his mother and baby sister, intolerant father and a lesbian friend who has his back. He's different and people know it. Both end up at the same party in which a young girl is assaulted but saved by Xavier, only to be moments later hit by Natasha when they leave the bash after things go south. After a long night, the two wake up to the oddest thing. They have completely switched places in what could only be described as some crazy alternative universe. They have the same parents but Natasha wakes up in Xavier's body while he wakes up in hers. Being able to communicate only in their dreams, the two struggle to figure out why this happened and how to fix it.
I loved how much Quoleena Sbrocca actually drew me into her writing. I found myself so invested and rereading something because I want to make sure I understood and let it sink in. The journey that Xavier and Natasha go through in order to come to this understanding and finally acceptance and beautiful change was so heartfelt and emotional that you can't help but grow attached to the characters. It's been a while that a book has made me think and had such an impact on me in the end as Slip did. I also absolutely loved how Sbrocca caught my attention right at the beginning with her modern writing and use of pop culture. It draws you in, then Xavier and Natasha hook themselves into you. We need more books like this in the world, especially now with all the intolerance that is being spread everywhere. After reading Slip, I'm definitely going to check out the author's other books.