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(Changers #1)

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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  846 ratings  ·  188 reviews
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 t
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Atom (first published January 13th 2014)
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Paula Phillips It was actually after watching Every Day - the movie based on David Levithan's book that drew me to read this first book . It was different in ways…moreIt was actually after watching Every Day - the movie based on David Levithan's book that drew me to read this first book . It was different in ways and I recommend it especially if you enjoyed the Every Day premise.(less)
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley.)

“You’re a changer.”


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 th
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Jessy MelodyofBooks
3,5*
Meine Rezension kommt am 14.04.15: http://youtu.be/j6h4SVmKQAk
Amanda
Jun 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-store-ya
I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. The idea of living each year of high school as a different body (or with a different body) was fascinating, but the writing and plot couldn't maintain the idea.

First of all, you'd think a book about the same person a in a different body would be exploring how a person is perceived differently, and really making points about everyday sexism, or how similar people really are. Instead, you have gender steoretypes that are confirmed by the text
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Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I went into Changers with some preconceptions about what it would be like, and I’m pleased and surprised to say that those preconceptions were unfounded.

First, I thought that because this is a body-swap novel, it would be borrowing heavily on an already well-populated (at least, in the movies) trope. Body-swap movies are okay, but even the ones with a slightly-funny script (e.g. the one with Zac Efron, can’t remember what it’s called) tend to look a bit tired. This book, however, works on the ba
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Abbie
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I can't say I loved Ethan, but he was an okay character. I could understand why he was so freaked out when he woke up as a different gender.

This started out okay, but after a while I lost interest. The pacing was a bit too slow for me, so it dragged slightly, and there were parts where I just felt bored.

Overall, An okay read, but the pace was a bit slow.
Kate
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ethan has had a lot of changes in his life recently. Relocating to a new state, preparing to start high school and leaving everyone he knows behind. He never expected to wake up the first day of freshman year in a new body! With a new face, name and gender, Ethan (now Drew) has to acclimate to being a teenage girl and all which that entails. All the while knowing at the end of the year he will change again and have no idea who he will wake up as.

Changers in theory is the ultimate book on accepta
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Tucker
This is a book about choosing the person with whom you want to be "Mono" - no, not a romantic partner, but your own identity. This poor kid wakes up for the first day of high school and finds out that he is now a girl, and furthermore that he can expect to spend his four years of high school in four apparently randomly generated bodies and identities, after which he has to pick one of the four to stick with for the rest of his life. This is a totally normal thing to have happen during high schoo ...more
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Regrettably, DNF. I just can't get into it.
EmmaB
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed this book as you follow the character Ethan through his very exciting life. I did not really enjoy this book at the start but it certainly grew on me, you just need to give it a chance.
Paula  Phillips
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to this book after reading the blurb, as recently I watched the movie Every Day which was about a guy who woke up every day in a different body. In this book, we learn that Ethan comes from a line of Changers on his Dad's side and that is mum is a Static. On the first day of high school - is the time that parents discover whether their child will be a Changer or a Static. If they are a changer, it means that every year they will wake up as a different person for the four years of hig ...more
Michelle
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
When I first saw this book on NetGalley the synopsis alone drew me in, with its unusual description I had to find out what this was all about. But as soon as I began reading I will admit to having a moment where I was wondering what I had left myself in for, but the more I read the more that moment went away and I enjoyed what I was reading. Getting to experience this change at the exact same time as Drew somehow made you experience her feelings and thoughts, which looking back on it now really ...more
Anna
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
// Worum es geht //

Der 14jährige Ethan wacht am Morgen seines ersten High School Jahres auf und ist plötzlich ein Mädchen. Sein ganzes Leben ist auf den Kopf gestellt.
Ethan ist jetzt Drew und erfährt, dass sie ein Changer ist.
Während ihrer High School Zeit muss sie vier solche Veränderungen durchleben. Sie wird vier Mal ihre Identität wechseln und sich am Ende für eine dieser Personen entscheiden.
Die Regeln der Changers sind streng. Man darf sich niemandem anvertrauen. Man darf seine Macht,
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Hannah
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this and it wasn't what I was expecting at all! As a girl, I loved Ethan's thoughts on various things once he became Drew, especially the part when s/he got his/her period!!
Annie
Gewiss für Menschen jüngerer Jahrgänge als meinen gedacht, aber trotzdem erstaunlich wenig peinlich, stellenweise witzig. Die Grundidee gefällt mir, auch wenn insgesamt alles etwas vorhersehbar ist. Eine nette kleine Unterhaltung für zwischendurch.

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Natalie TBGWP
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, favorites
It’s 3am and I’ve literally just put down Changers. I just had to get my thoughts down right this minute before I explode and wake my husband up to tell him about this book. He’s not a reader and he will not be impressed believe me.

OK, so as most of you are aware I’m one of those readers who DESPISE cliff hangers. I’m also one of those readers who is far from the patient type and who really does get a gob on because we have to wait for the next instalment. And, I’m now one of those readers who w
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Kirsty Stanley
Imagine just having moved house and you are anticipating your first day at a new school, your first day at high school no less. Feeling stressed yet? Now put yourself in Ethan’s shoes, you wake up and see a petite blonde girl in the mirror, that blonde girl isn’t a stranger, she’s you, you’ve been ‘Chosen’, even down to your name and backstory. And what’s worse your parents make you go to school anyway because this is just what happens to Changers.

When I first read about the concept of this, lik
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Aimee Da cunha
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved the unique concept/plot in this story. Basically if your a changer on your first day of school you start your 'cycle' and get your first 'V', a 'V' being a different version of yourself (tall, short, skinny, black, white, boy, girl) You get four different 'V's', one for each year of highschool. Once you complete your 'cycle of V's you must choose which V you want to be for the rest of your life also known as your "mono" (and you can't pick the person you were before your first change). T ...more
Martin
Well, this is an odd one.
First, let's get the bad things out of the way. I only have two complains: 1) The plot meanders a little too much for my taste. It resembles more the account of a real teenager's life (sans gender-bending magic transformation), than a story with an overall arch. 2) The whole Changer world is never explained on full (probably gonna happen in later books so this isn't such a big of a qualm).
Now for what I liked: Exploration of gender and sexuality! It was really cool to s
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Aziza Zeilenzauber
Gerade beendet! Der Schreibstil ist super einfach, sodass man wirklich schnell durch kommt und die Geschichte ist wirklich interessant, sogar an manchen Stellen relativ tiefgründig, was ich erst gar nicht erwartet hatte. Alles in Allem ein gutes Buch! Ich freue mich auf den zweiten Band.
Maurya
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really well done book with a bit of a different premise. I steal from Cindy Sherman, "The premise is that a Changer becomes a different person for each of their four years of high school. The cheerleader, the nerd, the jock, the freak. Then they are able to choose which of the four they want to remain after graduation. They can't pick the person they were before the changes though." (Cindy has read 3 I think.)

It is fascinating to think through how it would be to change bodies (sex, colour, shape
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Fatima
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Hachette for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my views.

I went into Changers with some presumptions about the book; I thought I knew what to expect, what to anticipate. However, the way the unique concept of this book was presented worked pretty well to battle these preconceptions – though some still remained. Generally speaking, it’s safe to say that I enjoyed this, but my only problem was that some things didn’t quite
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Lauren
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This is an ARC I received through NetGalley which has recently been published with this lovely new cover and which I noticed is now available when I saw it in my local Waterstones just last week.

Now, onto the review.

I have been unsure as to what to title this book since the book cover says Changers, but on Goodreads is says Drew (Changers #1), so I have gone with Goodreads, just because it has that extra detail. I think Changers simply refers to the series as a whole since it is all about this r
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Natalie TBGWP
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
It’s 3am and I’ve literally just put down Changers. I just had to get my thoughts down right this minute before I explode and wake my husband up to tell him about this book. He’s not a reader and he will not be impressed believe me.

OK, so as most of you are aware I’m one of those readers who DESPISE cliff hangers. I’m also one of those readers who is far from the patient type and who really does get a gob on because we have to wait for the next instalment. And, I’m now one of those readers who w
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Finn Longman
This was interesting. I have a few uncertainties, and also some questions about the Changer world. For example, if they have their new body on the first day of school each year, how does this magic know when school starts? What if they're homeschooled? How does it work if they're not American and therefore 'high school' doesn't last for four years but instead five or seven? If a Changer had a disability before their bodies switched, would it stay with them? What about if one of the bodies they'r ...more
Alex
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads, this ARC was provided by the Authors for an honest review.

This was such a moving story! A story that was nearly impossible to put down. When I read the blurb, I’m not going to lie I was a little nervous, plus I’m a cover junkie and this one didn’t give much away, but boy howdy was I wrong. It was a captivating and thoughtful book that brought new perspective to even my eyes, and I’m a girl. The story took my breath away! I was high on
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Dena
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Changers is a realistic novel with a splash of "suspend reality". The premise is simple (body-changers), and has been done well by a great author (David Levithan with Every Day) so at first I was skeptical, but I quickly learned that although the concept is the same, the message--and atmosphere--of the two books are quite different.

Ethan is excited and nervous for Freshman year, so when he wakes up the morning of his first day and finds that he's turned into a girl named Drew, and that he is a
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Sandra Lazzell
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS. I don't even know what else to say other than READ IT. I was really excited to start this book. Such an interesting concept:

"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,
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Kirsti
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different, I'll say that. Basically, Ethan goes to sleep thinking tomorrow he will start at a new school, thinking he knows who he is and what he wants out of life...until he wakes up as a girl! and Finds out he's a part of an ancient group of people that experience many lives until they settle into their 'Mono' or the person they will be as an adult.

It was such a strange idea, and it kind of worked. I wish that he's put up more of a fight though, and that he wasn't completely clueless about we
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Ellen Potter
I first picked up this book with high hopes, because from reading the back I was already really interested in reading it. I think that at points the book was a bit too cliché which bugged me. I really liked the overall story and plot line, and I think it's such a cool idea to have the possibility of living different lives. And it definitely means learning a lot more about the whole "put yourself in their shoes" perspective. Although I also did hope that the book would have somewhat more tension ...more
Shanna
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I received this book as an ARC! It came in the mail yesterday and I wasn't able to put it down! I devoured every word, as it is such a page-turner. All of the characters were wonderfully developed and very realistic! My favorite character was undeniably Audrey. I hope that she returns throughout the series :) Every page was different, some heartwarming, some heartbreaking, some heart-numbing, and some where everything in between and more. I am very anxiously anticipating the second book! I can't ...more
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