Title: The Change-Up
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 11 June 2020
Synopsis from Goodreads
BREAKING NEWS: The Bad Boy of Baseball, Maddox Paige, is totally and utterly whipped.
Okay, that might not be the headlines in the newspaper this morning, but it’s the reality of my current situation.
It all started a month ago when I received a call from my best friend, Kinsley. She got a new job in Chicago and needed a place to stay. I’ve known the girl since I was five, what harm would it be to have her stay at my place for a while?
Ha! Total disaster.
Now instead of going out every night with my teammates, I’m couch surfing and sketching endless photos of my best friend . . . but that’s the least of my concerns.
The disaster, you ask? I’m rapidly falling head over cleats in love with my best friend, my roommate, and my number one fan.
And she has no idea . . .
The Change-Up was a mixed emotional storm for me, again I am going the reading is subjective route.
I loved how Maddox was such a different person to the one he portrays in public; his vulnerability was both endearing and irritating when used as in a destructive manner. It was Maddox’s destructive tendencies and his coping mechanisms which I had the problem with, and again this is because I have had personal experience of dealing with someone who used alcohol as a coping mechanism, one which ended up killing them. So you can see my problem with a character who abuses alcohol. Moving on…
Maddow and Kingsley have been friends for most of their lives, they rely on each other; their safe place in the world. Even from the beginning, it was obvious that the feelings Maddox and Kinglsey had for each other ran deep, which in itself posed a problem to any alteration in their relationship status. Especially for Maddox, who has a habit of closing himself off from people getting close to him, luckily he also has his teammates to provide an emotional support system for him.
Kingsley is a ‘bleeding heart’ and I mean that in the nicest possible way; she is determined to save the world one animal, plastic bottle and natural products, at a time. While she is extreme in her choices, she also respects those of others while altering their perspective with her sunny personality and open conversations.
The story concentrates a lot on the simmering attraction between Maddox and Kingsley including the challenge they face when altering the dynamic of their relationship. There are quite a few crossed wires with the pair trying to mind read the intentions of the other, lol.
Sadly, and this is the part I struggled with, the past catches up with Maddox and due to his upbringing, he doesn’t have the correct coping mechanisms in place with which to deal with the situation. Creating further negativity and feeding the downward spiral. As I mentioned earlier, Maddox is lucky to have his team-mates for support and advice.
The Change-Up shows how love can triumph over adversity and strengthen the bond between two people; it’s just a shame they have to go through the suffering first.