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June 09, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Swapping Lives

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jane Green
publisher
Viking
genre
Fiction
We gave it a B-

Victoria is a single, swinging editor in London; Amber is a trailer-park waif-turned-wealthy housewife in suburban Connecticut.

Source of Angst
In a move that could only happen in chick lit, the two swap places temporarily for a mag article.

Weighty Issues
”Originally a size larger than Amber, Vicky has been dieting furiously to get into Amber’s wardrobe….”

Lowdown
Lives‘ message — grass, shockingly, not always greener! — is hammered home too often, and shallow Amber is borderline hateable.

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