McLaughlin, Lauren. Cycler.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

McLAUGHLIN, Lauren. Cycler. Random House. 250p. c2008. 978-0-375-85191-9. $17.99. S

Once again, the reader has to buy the premise in order to enjoy this book. The issue may be won or lost on the first page. For four days every month, all-girl Jill inexplicably changes into all-boy Jack. She explains this away by saying she is in the hospital receiving blood transfusions, while her compliant alter ego Jack is normally kept penned up in his underwear in Jill's room during the four days a month he exists as the body dominant. For the other 26 days a month, his consciousness is on the back burner but very much alive in that he eventually develops a wildly passionate love for Jill's best friend Ramie. Meanwhile Jill is hotly attracted to Tommy, who returns her interest, although he announces to Jill that he is bisexual. Further, Jill's consciousness keeps getting tangled up with Jack's consciousness and vice versa, giving rise to all kinds of...

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