Soooo many emotions throughout this book. I‘m not sure if things are ever quite this simple in terms of transgender children but I still loved the story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Rosie,a medical doctor and her husband Penn, a writer live in Wisconsin and have five boys. Their youngest, five year old Claude, wants to be a girl when he grows up. So,Claude starts to wear dresses and “the secret”begins. When the truth is discovered, Rosie takes Claude with her to Thailand, where she is working at a clinic. A whole new world of acceptance, beauty and understanding opens up to both of them. I loved this book. #pridemonth
A bit saccharine at times, this sweet and charming novel follows a family navigating life with a transgender child. Claude identifies as female early in her childhood and is quickly accepted by the family as Poppy. A lot of safe choices are made: a thoroughly supportive and loving family, understanding school administrators, neighbors, etc. Though often painfully unrealistic, I loved living in a world where this is how it always is. 4⭐️
Pleased with my #AwesomeApril reading results! I‘m having a run on great books lately, so that is exciting! I‘ll be finishing TIHIAI tonight a day late, but I‘ll take the partial credit. 😀 Thanks @Andrew65 and see you for May‘s readathon!
“… you never know. You only guess. This is how it always is. You have to make these huge decisions on behalf of your kid, this tiny human whose fate and future is entirely in your hands, who trusts you to know what‘s good and right and then to be able to make that happen. You never have enough information. You don‘t get to see the future. And if you screw up… your child‘s… happiness is at stake…it‘s heartbreaking…” p84
My first thought after finishing this story is how refreshing it is to read a book about a close family with strong morals and unconditional love. This is the story of Rosie and Penn and their family. Their youngest, born Claude, identifies as Poppy and how Poppy affects their family, friends, and lifestyle and how, in the end, it all comes down to family, love and embracing who you are ❤️ I‘m looking forward to discussing this one at book club!
The story of a family of five boys until it was not. A story of a family with a secret. More importantly the story of a family that loves each other unconditionally, no matter what that might look like. This was my first Laurie Frankel novel but it won't be my last. "Story is the best magic there is." 4+?
Another book that I have no idea how it came to me, but glad it did. Penn and Rosie have a bunch of sons, but the youngest - brilliant Claude wants to dress like a girl and play with girls. Clause becomes Poppy and the whole family keeps the child‘s biological gender a secret (which we know will be exposed). My favorite part is the sub plot of the ongoing fairy tell Penn tells his sons for many years. What would we do in their shoes?
My 3rd book this month: This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. Ever heard of Gender Dysphoria? This book is about it and how it plays in the lives of an ordinary family living in an unforgiving, sometimes ignorant, and terrifying world where being different, being non-binary, being queer is not tolerated. Gender Dysphoria, simply put, is that strong desire to be of another gender. You are born a boy 👇
This will be an unpopular opinion, and while I think it is still a good book for a club discussion, I still found this a bit of a slog. Affirming and feel-good, yes. And that was the problem—not enough tension or conflict to keep me interested, with several plot events which didn‘t feel quite authentic. Curious what others thought.
Ready for #BookSpinBingo. #Bookspin is #13 Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All April‘s #YABuddyRead and #DoubleSpin is #7 Some Places More Than Others #MGBuddyRead. I finished #12 on my list in March so it‘s now Parable of the Sower. April is all about challenge prompts and buddy reads. Wishing everyone an awesome reading month!
Read this book with my books@work group and loved the discussion we had surrounding the book.
Laurie Frankel took from her actual life and wrote a magical book filled with daily life intertwined fairy tales. She skips over some of the dirtier parts of life, which is a let down at some point during the story, but I think she was trying to stick the theme of real life can be a fairy tale.
I‘m early on in this story about a 5 year old boy who, at this point in the story, is asking to wear dresses to school. This seems like the perfect time to share this recent photo of Captain Adorable. He loves to dress up if his sister asks him too. One of the things the boy in the story does is wear barrettes to school on his first day. The Captain did as well. I remember having the same feeling the parents in this story had. 🔽
Had to steal this from a friend! #nosleepforreaders
Delightful, heartfelt, sweet book that explores gender norms, childhood, bullying, and how hard it can be to be male or female or anything in-between.
Today‘s card is: Two of Diamonds; ADAPTABILITY
“Charlotte makes the best of her choices by marrying Mr. Collins to avoid becoming a financial burden on her parents”
This makes me think of the family in the tagged book. As the family grows and they start to realize how different their children are from one another and how different their needs are, they are endlessly adaptable.
What does this make you think of? Comment below!
This book was beautiful- I listened to it on audio. I found it really moving and really helpful. There‘s a lot I don‘t understand about the T in LGBTQ but this was a big help. I loved the utterly realistic view of parenting and marriage, too. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#integrateyourshelf I am looking forward to everyone‘s recommendations of transgender books and memoirs. I‘d recommend the tagged novel about raising a transgender child. The language is a bit too self-aware at times, but it really looks at how transitioning impacts a whole family - even one that is wholly accepting. I‘d also recommend the podcast “how to be a girl” about raising a transgender child. The short episodes are impactful.
📖 I Have Lost My Way
📖 Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen
🎧 Carry On
📖 The Rules of Magic
🎧 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
📖 Phoebe and Her Unicorn
🎧 This Is How It Always Is
📖 The Glass Castle
🎧 The Henna Artist
📖 The Alice Network
📖 Piecing Me Together
📖 Boy Meets Boy
🎧 In Five Years
This deals with a little boy who feels like he should be a girl not a boy. So that is when Claude becomes Poppy. His parents try their best to support her but ygr community feel differently about it. It deals with a lot of issues that I have never read about. Overall a good read.