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Recycler    by Lauren McLaughlin order for
by Lauren McLaughlin
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Random House, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Jill and Jack McTeague aren't your typical brother and sister. They share the same body. For a few days a month, Jill morphs into Jack and his anatomically correct body. She used to be able to tell when Jack would show up because her cycle was regular. These days, he keeps coming early.

Jill kept Jack a secret all through high school because her mother locked him in her room during his cycle. Her secret (and Jack) come out at her senior prom. Now that she's graduated, it's easy to understand why she'd like to leave Winterhead. Against her mother's wishes, she goes to New York City with her friend Ramie who's beginning classes at the Fashion Institute.

Her boyfriend Tommy gives her the option of driving across country with him on a trip he's been planning for years. He knows about all about Jack and doesn't mind, but Jill isn't ready for a relationship that means losing her virginity. Jack lost his to her best friend Ramie.

In New York, Jack realizes he doesn't have any friends other than his girlfriend Ramie and she's away at class or studying most of the time. The first guys Jack approaches in a coffee shop have a chart rating the girls they've dated. Jack may be new to being around other guys, but he knows rating girls after you've been to bed with them is beyond sleazy.

Recycler, the second Jack and Jill book, was better than book one. There's lots of good material here for future episodes so I'll be looking forward to book three.

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