What do you do when the body you wake up in isn’t yours?
Olly and Scott promised to be best friends forever. They grew up on the same street, went to the same school, and did everything together. But one hot summer night, teenage experimentation caused hurt feelings and confusion, and their friendship was destroyed.
Four years later they’re both eighteen years old and in their final term at school. Scott is a football star and Olly’s preparing for a main role in the school play. After a heated argument in the street—witnessed by their mysterious, elderly neighbour—they wake up the next morning stuck in each other’s bodies.
With no idea how to get back to normal, they have to co-operate in order to hide their secret. Spending time together rekindles their friendship, yet feelings run deeper for both of them. With the end of school fast approaching, the clock is ticking. Unless they discover how to change back, they could be stuck in the wrong bodies forever.
Length: 57,000 words approx
“Magic knows when the heart is true.”
And this is proof that Jay Northcote can nail YA too. I’m very picky with my YA reads, and the body swap trope has never appealed to me. But I absolutely loved Into You.
Scott and Olly used to be best friends, but a kiss at 14 changed everything. Scott can’t admit being gay, and Olly can’t pretend that he’s not in love with Scott. The boys take seperate ways, until they ‘re eighteen years old, and
fate Miss Wychwood intervenes to bring them back together.
Miss Wychwood is not just a quirky, nosy, old neighbour. She knows magic! And one morning, Olly and Scott wake up stuck in each other’s bodies!
Now they have to put their enemosity aside, and work together to deal with their new everyday reality. Like Scott’s clingy, annoying as fuck girlfriend. Or the fact that Olly will have to go to football practice as Scott, and Scott will have to go to the school’s play rehearsal as Olly. Are you confused yet?
Surprisingly, I wasn’t. I realise that this kind of trope can be pretty confusing, but personally, I didn’t have any problems, although I had to be super focused.
Being into each other’s bodies, gave the boys the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. Olly got to see for himself how pushy and bossy Scott’s father was, and how it was like for Scott growing up in this house. Scott, on the other hand, experienced first hand how bad he hurt Olly back then.
But what I loved the most, is when the guys realised that the outside doesn’t matter. It’s the inside that they both fell in love with.
“Even though Scott was staring into his own blue eyes instead of Olly’s green ones, he felt as if he could see Olly anyway, like he was staring into his soul and the outer shell didn’t matter anymore.”
The steam is low in this one but it fitted the story, so I didn’t mind one bit. And there’s plenty of slow burn too. Olly and Scott are even hesitant to masturbate, out of respect for each other’s body. Now that’s something that didn’t even cross my mind until I read it. Probably because I’m a perv.
Anyway, this was delightful and it cemented the fact that Northcote is one stellar author. I can really see this becoming a series. Hopefully.