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(RE)CYCLER
by Lauren McLaughlin

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult

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McLaughlin returns with a Cycler sequel that finds Jack and Jill attempting to navigate the next chapter in their lives. While this story focuses more on the intersection between identity and sexuality, readers will empathize with Jack and Jill as they continue their struggle of sharing single body. As Jack and Jill juggle starting new romantic relationships and continuing their respective romance/friendship with Ramie, it quickly becomes clear that things are not going to get easier just because high school is over. Readers will be touched by the moving scenes between Jack and his/Jill’s parents as they all attempt to form healthy relationships and work through the emotional damage that was done before they accepted Jack as part of their lives. Ultimately, (Re)Cycler will leave fans anxious for the next chapter in Jack and Jill’s story.

As the year after high school begins, Jill and Jack are trying out a new agreement about how to share their body. They have followed Ramie to Brooklyn, NY while they mull over what they want to do next. But too quickly the dynamics change between Jack and Ramie, and Jill and Ramie, which adds tension to the apartment. The situation only gets more complicated when Jill gets involved with a guy without telling him that she is sometimes a he. As relationships are formed and re-formed Jack and Jill continue to wrestle with what it means to be two identities sharing a single body. (RANDOM HOUSE, August 2009, pp. 250, $8.99, ISBN: 9780375851957, 14 & Up)
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Now that high school is over, Jill and Jack are trying out a new agreement about how to share their body. They have followed Ramie to Brooklyn, NY while they mull over what they want to do next. But too quickly the dynamics change in the romantic relationship between Jack and Ramie, and the friendship between Jill and Ramie, which adds tension to the apartment. The situation only gets more complicated when Jill gets involved with a guy without telling him that she is sometimes Jack. As relationships are formed and re-formed Jack and Jill continue to wrestle with what it means to be two identities sharing a single body. (RANDOM HOUSE, August 2009, pp. 250, $8.99, ISBN: 9780375851957, 14 & Up)

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Reviewed By: Kate Girard

Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE

Published: August 2009

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