This is one of those books that is good to read, and yet, hard to read. It is one of those books that I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop and so scared for her that things will get worse…and they do, and I find my heart breaking for Amanda a little more each page I read. I agree with a comment her father makes toward the end of the book in which he says she is the strongest person he ever met, she is, and Amanda, you are loved.
I truly believe that reading opens hearts & minds. When you fall in love with a character, their struggles become your struggles. And their happiness matters to you. I feel so blessed to be able to read anything I could possibly want! Happy #PrideMonth everyone! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤
#diversebooks #lgbt #lgbtq #queerbooks #pride #rainbow #bookrainbow #readtherainbow
Thus one has been on my list for awhile. Decided I wanted a less dense read as I‘m about to start classes again this weekend. Stonewall book award. And I love listen to a southern accent, since the book is set in Georgia.
I burned through this in one day. I think I‘d have liked it better in print, but the audio made it easier for me to accomplish other stuff while I listened. The audio is fine, but the narrators accent irritated me a bit. The book, though, was fantastic. I loved hearing Amanda‘s story unfold, even if it was heartbreaking. I particularly appreciated the author reading the author‘s note at the end, from her perspective as a trans woman. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
“For as long as I could remember, I had been apologizing for existing, for trying to be who I was, to live the life I was meant to lead.”
Very enjoyable listen! I really appreciated the author‘s note. When certain topics are written about or portrayed in the media, people like to criticize it‘s realism. This is a work of fiction and I loved what the author was trying to say with this story.
#ReadHarderChallenge #ReadHarder2019 @bookriot
Quick read, liked it. The author says in the afterword that this is a somewhat simplified version of being trans, and I see that. Amanda still goes through a lot of fear and self-doubt, which I think was well-written. The author is trans herself and I think she did a good job of communicating Amanda‘s internal life. Not exactly a perfect happy ending, but one that leaves you hopeful about what‘s next for Amanda.
I found this book very interesting. It is a world I don‘t know a lot about and don‘t know how to relate to.
I listened to on audio, the southern accent was a little annoying at first but I slowly got use to it.
This is the first book I‘ve read about a trans experience (I don‘t know if that‘s how I should say it), so I don‘t know if it‘s a unique book. I felt for Amanda and am glad I got to hear her story.
This book really got to me. I wasn‘t sure how it was going to end, but I thought the ending was really strong. I know that this will be a book that I‘ll remember for a very long time. I highly suggest reading the author‘s note located at the end of the book after you finish the story. It has some important information in it too. Highly recommended! #transbook #audiobook #lgbtqia —the pic is of a crane that hangs out at the river near my house. :)
I‘ve been listening to this book while I unpack boxes and clean. I‘m about halfway through, and my only complaint is that I don‘t have more time in my day to listen to it! #audiobook #currentlyreading #audiocleaning
I loved reading this book. 🏳️🌈 I‘m cis but queer and have so so many dear friends who fall all over the gender and sexuality spectrum. The insight this novel gives is beautiful and it‘s written so it‘s easy for those with little experience or knowledge of the topic to be able to step right into the character‘s life. Plus, it‘s queer fiction written by a trans author. I want more literature like this. Honest, open, and beautiful. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
An excellent read for #pridemonth! Also, this was a great book to listen to on audio - the reader is absolutely STELLAR. This is not a book to read if you want to giggle and be happy throughout - Meredith Russo had me in tears for about half the book. I would strongly recommend this book, especially to my cishet friends. 10/10, will probably reread and cry all over again.
I got this book today and within three hours had ploughed my way through the whole book. The cover may have been a bit messed up, but the plot was not. Russo somehow managed to strike a balance between doing justice the difficulties that the characters faced and still producing an interesting and immersive plot with well rounded characters.
Been needing to get into some #LGBT inclusive lit lately, and this book is perfect for me so far!! Love how it captures the little annoyances, obstacles, and fears of transitioning.
Great YA about family, friends and love and also a great introduction to the topic of transgender/transsexuality. The novel shows how hard it can be for trans kids to show and stand up for who they really are and to be accepted. Painful experiences are displayed, but beautiful moments of hope as well so that the overall message is a message of hope, yet not too cheesy. There‘s also a great message by the author in the end.
#MustRead A great, truly insightful and hearty read on YA transgender life. The story does follow the strong spirit and hard dangers. The highlight message I found, was a coming-togetherness in support of friends who had felt too different to meet anyone relating. ✨ My advice there is to trust in a good mall walk for fashion & gift shops. I'm fortunate to have a great LGBTQ mall with trans and non-binary sales workers! #ReadingResolutions @Jess7
As a cisgender woman, I read this for the same reason I read any book about someone different from myself; for a better understanding. This is fiction, but it deals with very real issues. Gender identity, sexual orientation, and the prejudices and dangers that unfortunately so often accompany people dealing with those things. Reading this has reinforced my belief that we need more empathy in this world, more understanding, more respect, more love.
I'm having a hard time putting into words what I think of this novel. I enjoyed it and really liked Amanda. She was feisty and brave and vulnerable and sweet. Her journey was rough and sometimes scary. But it was very hopeful as well. I really liked this on audio and couldn't stop listening this morning once I finished breakfast. I ended up doing some chores so that I could keep listening! Quite compelling. 3/5⭐️
Finished this audiobook today & enjoyed it. This YA novel by a transgender woman-the story of a transgender teen looking for love & acceptance from others & from herself-is given extra power & heart. Could it have dug a bit deeper & had less of a smoothed out ending? Sure, but the author's reasons for writing it the way she did (she reads her afterword & it moved me)😥make sense. Amanda, the MC, is easy to root for & I wanted to give her a hug.💜
#TuneIntoNovember #ForReasonsUnknown I bought the e-book of this title on sales months ago but for reasons unknown (OK, they are pretty much known if you see all of my #TBR stacks 📚📚📚📚📚😬📚📚📚) it has sat unread. I was between audiobooks & it was available through library Overdrive & I'm glad as I'm enjoying it. It's also making my busy work, minimal thoughts required project time fly by.👍📚
A YA novel about a trans teenager written by a transwoman. We need more of these, please! I loved the parts of this that weren‘t just about the struggle parts of being trans. It‘s an important contribution to the canon. The afterwards for cis people and trans people were the best part and made me bawl. #transbooks
Sorry I haven‘t been around much! I‘ve started my third and final year at university and it‘s so busy rehearsing for our first upcoming show of the year! I have had nooooo time to read really! I bailed on the sun is also a star for now and I‘ve moved on to if I was your girl which is pretty good, there‘s just no time to say anything right now! Can‘t wait till I get some free time! #ya #yareads #ireadya