Changers Book One: Drew

T Cooper, Allison Glock-Cooper
"Changers should appeal to a broad demographic. Teenagers, after all, are the world’s leading experts on trying on, and then promptly discarding, new identities."--New York Times Book Review"'Selfie' backlash has begun: The Unselfie project wants to help people quit clogging social media with pictures of themselves and start capturing the intriguing world around them."--O, The Oprah Magazine, on the We Are Changers Unselfie project"Everyone should read this, regardless of age. The book discusses important topics about growing into your skin (literally and physically), and gender identity...Go get a copy of this right now."--Huffington Post"This is more than just a "message" book about how we all need to be more understanding of each other. The imaginative premise is wrapped around a moving story about gender, identity, friendship, bravery, rebellion vs. conformity, and thinking outside the box."--School Library JournalPart of School Library Journal's "What's Hot in YA" Roundup"A thought-provoking exploration of identity, gender, and sexuality…an excellent read for any teens questioning their sense of self or gender."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)"A fresh and charmingly narrated look at teens and gender."--Kirkus Reviews"Changing bodies, developing personalities, forays into adult activities--where was this book circa the early 2000s when I needed it? But something tells me my adult self will learn a thing or to from it as well."--Barnes and Noble Blog/Indie Books Roundup"A perfect read for a young adult: warm and humorous without being superficial or saccharine, engaging real issues of teenage life with ease and natural grace, and offering an element of fantasy accurately reflecting the wonder and terror of growing up."--Chapter 16/The Knoxville News Sentinel"An excellent look at gender and identity and the teenage experience."--Tor.com"Love it. Love it, love it, love it. Seriously. Read this."--The Best Books Ever"This is a transcendent book and I absolutely recommend it."--Heaven to Earth ReviewsChangers Book One: Drew opens on the eve of Ethan Miller's freshman year of high school in a brand-new town. He's finally sporting a haircut he doesn’t hate, has grown two inches since middle school, and can't wait to try out for the soccer team. At last, everything is looking up in life.Until the next morning. When Ethan awakens as a girl.Ethan is a Changer, a little-known, ancient race of humans who live out each of their four years of high school as a different person. After graduation, Changers choose which version of themselves they will be forever--and no, they cannot go back to who they were before the changes began.Ethan must now live as Drew Bohner--a petite blonde with an unfortunate last name--and navigate the treacherous waters of freshman year while also following the rules: Never tell anyone what you are. Never disobey the Changers Council. And never, ever fall in love with another Changer. Oh, and Drew also has to battle a creepy underground syndicate called “Abiders” (as well as the sadistic school queen bee, Chloe). And she can't even confide in her best friend Audrey, who can never know the real her, without risking both of their lives.Fans of the books of John Green, the Joss Whedonverse--and empathy between humans--will find much to love in this first of a four-part series that tracks the journey of an average suburban boy who becomes an incredible young woman . . . who becomes a reluctant hero . . . who becomes the person she was meant to be.Because, while changing the world can kinda suck, it sure beats never knowing who you really are.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2017-01-29
I really, really wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I love the concept, the diversity it offers, the ideas about gender it *could* have played with.

But it came up so short. The plot was everywhere, the message muddled by the inclusion of religious cults and shady councils. Not to mention poor writing. Its portrayal of high school is just so ridiculous and riddled with stereotypes. And its ideas about gender, though it's supposed to be pushing boundaries, still fall into "this is girly," "if you change genders your personality changes unexplainably," "this is what dudes are like."

So much promise, so little fulfillment. But I will probably at least read the second book, to see how things play out for Ethan/Drew once a Changer has to change again.
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