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Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Cheerleader, The Nerd, The Jock, The Freak. What if you had to be all four?
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.
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was an okay, if slightly odd story about a boy who learns he is a ‘changer’.
It was easy to see why Ethan was freaked out when he woke up and found out that he had changed into a girl, and not only that but his parents thought it might happen! It was also a bit awkward with the whole learning to wear a bra and dealing with periods thing.
The storyline in this was basically about Ethan learning about being a ‘changer’, and his life in general over his first year of high school, including a crush on his best friend, and girl-problems like periods, and cheerleader try-outs. I did find that there was quite a lot of info-dumping in this though, and it didn’t hold my attention all that well either.
The ending to this was okay, although it would be good to find out what happens next and get more of a solid ending.
6 out of 10