Waking up to a whole new life, it could be a dream or a nightmare. For Jessica, it’s the latter. In “Enemy Self” by Suzanne Kovitz Jessica awakes one day in a strange bed and discovers she has somehow ended up in the body of her enemy Denise. The longer she lives as Denise she starts forgetting her life as Jessica and accepts all the terrible cards this life has in store. Will Jessica be able to endure her new life as an abused, drug addict or will she find a way to become herself again?
I will just come right out and say it, I hated this book. I found it painful to read because it was just so ridiculous. It started out well enough, I figured it would be just be along the lines of a “Freaky Friday” type scenario. I was fine with that. While I applaud Kovitz for going in a new direction, it was not done well. This book seemed like three different books that didn’t really belong together at all. The first was the initial shock of discovering their bodies had switched, and I found it to be the most interesting. The second came when “Denise” became a prostitute, which was the worst one and hardest to get through. And lastly we discover how the real Denise came up with her nefarious plan to switch bodies with Jessica, and it includes drugs and time warps. I couldn’t even really explain what was going on since at that point I just didn’t care anymore. This book comes with many triggers including incest, abuse, graphic sex, drug abuse, and a terrible plot. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. I gave this book 1 out of 5 stars, mainly just because it’s a book and I can’t see giving anything less than 1 star to any book (…yet…) but this book did make me really ponder that decision.