- Adriana Puckett
On Wendy Everly’s 6th birthday, her mother tried to kill her with a butcher knife in Switched, by Amanda Hocking. This was after claiming that little Wendy was a monster and baby murderer...sentiments that didn't win her the Mother of the Year award but landed her in a mental hospital. After that, Wendy and her protective brother, Matt, went to live with their loving Aunt Maggie. Unfortunately, things didn’t get much easier for Wendy. She was kicked out of almost every school she attended, and school administrators and kids alike seemed equally hostile to her. At 17 years of age, Wendy still feels like she doesn’t belong anywhere, and she has difficulty even eating food that most kids seemed to love, like cake and pizza.
One day a strange boy named Finn Holmes starts attending Wendy’s high school, a boy who can’t seem to take his eyes off of her. Wendy learns through Finn that she is part of a very different world than she thought. She was actually switched at birth to be part of the Everly family, and now Finn is planning to reintroduce her to the family – and nation – who are waiting for her to come home.
At times, Wendy is a hard protagonist to like, especially when she is indulging in a pity party. But as the events of the book become more dire, she is revealed to have the real grit and substance required of heroines. Switched is part of the Trylle trilogy, and is continued in Torn and completed with Ascend. To read more about the series, visit http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/.