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By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

So-so sequel mines more sex topics, adds more teen drinking.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Too see the truth before becoming even more confused about themself

Wel, my 15 year old daughter read this book and told me it was interesting but at the same time confusing "There's too many things happening at once. mom,You really don't begin understanding the story until about the middle of the book." She said to me. I'm not saying the condition of the character isn't important for a teenager or the family of that understand. However the condition Jack/Jill is struggling with throughout the story,just isn't very common. Today in the 20th century, You hear more stories about Homosexuality, Teenagers who deal with eating disorders,drugs and violence.than Hermaphrodites So in my opinion your teenager would be better off learning about those.Maybe if the author skipped over the Hermaphrodite part and went right into the Bisexuality of Tommy,or the characters trying to lose their virginity.This book would attract your teenager more.Help him/her understand how to deal with those situationsOtherwise I would have to agree with my daughter. There are too many things happening in the story at the same time,making it difficult to follow.For a teenager between 15-18 at least. I think the situation of Jill dating a bisexual boy,or being attracted to her best friend Ramie,is much more common within the generation of teenagers today. I'm not saying the author isn't talented, or that this story is important,but she should look through the eyes of a teenage girl or boy,explaining the situations our teenagers deal with every day

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Great messages
Too much sex
age 15+

So many questions!

This is an interesting book that will definitely create questions about gender and sexuality in readers, regardless of their age. Younger teens (and probably a number of parents, too!) will need some help and discussion to understand exactly what is going on. I liked that Jack and Jill had allies who understood and supported them in a mostly realistic way, and that the complicated relationship between Jack and Jill and his/her parents rang very true. This book is an excellent platform for starting a dialogue about transgender and transsexual issues.

Is It Any Good?

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After the action-packed, brain-twisting first novel, Cycler fans may be disappointed in (RE)CYCLER. Author Lauren McLaughlin still incorporates a wicked, witty voice to the piece as seen through the eyes of both Jack and Jill, but some of the sheen has rubbed off of this one. The book mainly centers around Jill's dating issues and mundane existence. Jack is struggling to find a place in a world he only exists for four days a month, while trying to maintain his relationship with Ramie. There are some intriguing characters and events that do perk the novel up in places, but the majority of this book feels like it's just a segue to the next one in the series.

The ending is open with plenty of possibilities of the next book, however, many readers will likely wish McLaughlin had finished this one first. True fans will hang on in hopes of a third book while those new to the series might want to start with the first one -- or they'll be as gender-confused as Jack and Jill.

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