By Lauren Mclaughlin
(Random House Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375851919, 256pp.)
Publication Date: August 26, 2008
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AS FAR AS anyone at her high school knows, Jill McTeague is an average smart girl trying to get her dream date to ask her to the prom.
What no one knows, except for Jill’s mom and dad, is that for the four days Jill is out of school each month, she is not Jill at all. She is Jack, a genuine boy—complete with all the parts. Jack lives his four days per month in the solitude of Jill’s room. But his personality has been building since the cycling began. He is less and less content with his confinement and his cycles are becoming more frequent. Now Jill’s question about the prom isn’t who she'll go with, but who she'll be when the big night arrives.
Lauren McLaughlin spent 10 years in the film industry, writing and producing films. She abandoned her screen ambitions to write fiction and is currently at work on the sequel to Cycler. Lauren’s Web site and blog are available at www.laurenmclaughlin.net. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“Artfully fractured and wickedly smart. A brilliant screwball comedy about love, self knowledge, and the secret identities inside all of us.” —Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of Pretties and Uglies
Review, The New York Times Book Review, September 12, 2008:
"The striking jacket of this oddball first novel says it all: the girl on the front cover becomes an almost identical-looking boy on the back."