Body Swap by Jerome Parisse

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The world’s first text message adventure romance with the other side!

William is thirteen and has recently moved to a town called Fulton with his parents. His sister Estelle died accidentally a year ago, and his mother is in deep grief. In his new hometown, William meets Pat, a boy who loves big words and is in need of company. Out of the blue, William receives a text message from the mobile phone of an unknown sender called Stephanie asking for help. The two boys are at first astonished, then dubious, when in a flurry of text messages Stephanie tells them she is in a coma at a nearby hospital. She says she is floating outside her body and needs their help to get back into it.

Initially incredulous, William and Pat become intrigued and decide to check whether Stephanie is telling the truth. They manage to trace the hospital and gain admission into the Intensive Care Unit, where sure enough they find Stephanie in coma. At their wits’ end about how to do as Stephanie asks the two friends call on a female psychic called Doris to help them get Stephanie back into her body. A disastrous mix up occurs, however, and William ends up trapped in Stephanie’s body and shut out of his own.

In Stephanie’s body, William experiences difficult and sometimes comedic situations. He learns about things girls have to live with, from unwelcome approaches, to bras and high heels. The situation becomes even more desperate when Pat falls in love with Stephanie!

William and Pat elaborate a scheme for getting William and Stephanie back into their respective bodies, but timing is crucial and time is running out. The boys confront awesome challenges and meet with an unexpected enemy, and discover at the same time the secret behind Estelle’s death.

About Jerome Parisse

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Jerome Parisse's plays have been produced across Australia, the US, Singapore, Malaysia and the UK. Guys, Only Guys! and The Birthday Knife were published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2008, 3 or More Actors (Smith and Kraus Publishers). Love and Light has received several awards in international competitions and has been recorded as radio play. Jerome has also published two works of fiction, The Wings of Leo Spencer (Sid Harta Publishers), and Métaphore du Rapide. He received a fellowship from Varuna, The Writers' House, for manuscript development for his novel Body Swap. Jerome lives in Sydney. He blogs at
Published October 7, 2010 by Smashwords. 176 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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