Israel Ingham’s life has never been easy. He grew up in a house devoid of love and warmth. Nothing he ever did was good enough. The fact Israel is gay just added to the long list of his father’s disappointments.
Then a letter from Eastport Children’s Hospital changes everything.
A discovery is made, one of gross human error. Twenty-six years ago two baby boys were switched at birth and sent home with the wrong families.
Sam, Israel’s best friend, has been his only source of love and support. With Sam beside him every step of the way, Israel decides to meet his birth mother and her son, the man who lived the life Israel should have.
Israel and Sam become closer than ever, amidst the tumultuous emotions of meeting his birth family, and Sam finds himself questioning his feelings toward his best friend. As Israel embraces new possibilities, he needs to dissect his painful relationship with his parents in order to salvage what’s left.
Because sometimes it takes proof you’re not actually family to become one.
Thank you, NR Walker! LOVED!
Israel Ingham is a 26 year old man who has never felt like he belonged. His parents were cold and unfeeling and Israel felt like he was a huge disappointment to them. He works for his father's company, and he's good at what he does, but no matter what, he never seems to have the approval of his parents. And it fucking broke my heart because Israel was such a sweet sweet man.
Sam Finch has been Israel's best friend since they were both 14. Sam's family is the opposite of Israel's -- loving, accepting and close. Sam's parents kind of adopted Israel when he and Sam became friends and they always treated Israel like he was family. And Sam has always been there, always been supportive, always showing he cares.
When Israel's family gets called to the children's hospital where Israel was born, and they are told that there was a mix up all those years ago, Sam is who Israel turns to.
I loved how this total shake-up really drove home what it means to really be a family and makes everyone realize their priorities. Sam and Israel finally admit their feelings for one another, and maybe there's even hope that Israel's parents will start acting like family, too.
Switched is a gorgeous 'friends to lovers' story. I thoroughly loved it. It's a story about family, about friendship, and about finding your inner strength. The pacing, while slow-ish at first, really picked up later and I barely came up for air when I was reading. It was exactly what I needed.
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