The Body Institute
by Carol Riggs
Summary from Goodreads:
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…
For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…
Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…
The premise of The Body Institute sounded very interesting to me, similar to Starters (which was a great book) but with the weight loss twist. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to its potential. It was a good book, but with such an interesting subject, it could’ve been much better.
I had trouble connecting with the main character, Morgan. For some reason I just couldn’t relate to her and the way she spoke. When a book is written in first person, I feel like I really need to like that character’s “voice” because that’s our narrator for the whole story. And when I don’t, it becomes a problem for me and it hinders my enjoyment of the book. Nevertheless, I kept on reading in order to find out what the big conspiracy was, because in this kind of setting you KNOW there is some kind of conspiracy behind the body swapping. However, this also felt quite anticlimactic. Even the romance which is usually my favorite part of any book had not effect on me whatsoever. It’s such a shame because I love Entangled Teen and I have adored so many of their books, but I guess you can’t like them all. The Body Institute just wasn’t one of my favorites.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
3 out of 5 stars