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Changers Book One: Drew by T Cooper

Posted by Caitie F on February 23, 2014

Title: Changers: Book One: Drew17675386
Author: T Cooper
Paperback: 288 pages
Pub Date: Feb 4, 2014
Publisher:  Black Sheep
Rating:  +++++

Summary from pub:

Changers 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

Review:

This is one of the most creative concepts I have heard about, so I knew I would have to read it right away! I was worried that the execution wouldn’t be as good as the  concept, but it was amazing!

Each book in this series will have the character living  as a different person because they are a Changer. They will wake up each year of high school as a new person. Ethan doesn’t even know he is a Changer until he wakes up the first day of freshman year as Drew – a small blond girl. And everything is different. Everyone treats Drew differently than they treated Ethan. Ethan/Drew has to deal with all the first of being a female very quickly and it is very hard to get used to it. Ethan/Drew also looks at sexuality in a unique way as Ethan like girls and Drew is attracted to both genders. It is such a different take on human sexuality and I hope it makes readers think and causes some great discussions.

But Drew does get used to it and makes some friends and has normal teenage problems and triumphs. And all of that would make for a fantastic young adult novel. Yet there is even more. There is a group that is very anti-Changers. This group doesn’t have a problem with exposing or hurting them. There are also a lot of rules for Changers. Rules about not telling anyone and not dating any other Changers. So life is pretty complicated and gets very exciting.

The crazy thing is, each year won’t get any easier. Ethan/Drew has to keep notes about life because at the end of the four year they must choose who to be for the rest of their life.And these Abiders aren’t going anywhere either.

I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this series. I hope we get to see the Main Character as a different race in at least one of the books. I look forward to what is done with such a great concept.

 

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