If I had a shelf talker, this is what I'd say about "Changers, Book One: Drew"
If you can say one universal thing about high school, it's that every student goes through a lot of changes over the course of their years as high schoolers. Some young adults become more like what they were when they started, others reinvent themselves completely. Some go through multiple reinventions.
The new Changers series takes that universal experience and super-sizes it. As Book One opens, Ethan Miller goes to sleep, confident that he's as prepared as any sporty rock-and-video game teen boy can be for starting freshman year in a new school in a new town. Fresh kicks, favorite t-shirt, skateboard ready to roll. But when he wakes up, he discovers that he's staring at the face and body of a blonde. A hot blonde. Yep, he's a girl. This could be awkward.
His parents rush to explain that he belongs to a race of humans called Changers. Each year for the four years of high school, Ethan (now named Drew) will wake up in a new body and a new identity. After four years, Ethan/Drew will need to choose which of the four identities and bodies he/she will be for the rest of his/her life.
The Changers community believes that their purpose is to help lift humans up with greater understanding - who would have more empathy towards their fellow humans than people who have been four completely different people?
Naturally, as in any good speculative novel, there are people opposed to the Changers - the Abiders. And there is a radical wing of the Changers, who are tired of staying in the shadows.
On top of that, Drew has to learn to navigate a completely different social circle – multiple times. And deal with the Mean Girls. And definitely NOT fall in love with another Changer.
I loved what this book had to say about teens and their changing brains and identities in high school - a fantasy metaphor for understanding your everyday ordinary teen reinventions and the deeper reinventions of transgender teens.
Changers: Book One - Drew
by T Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper
Black Sheep / Akashic Books / Consortium | 9781617751950 | $11.95 | Paper | Feb 2014
Black Sheep / Akashic Books / Consortium | 9781617752117 | $18.95 | Cloth | Feb 2014