Happy Transgender Visibility Day! (March 31st)

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In honor of today, I thought I’d make a small list of some upcoming or already existing YA books featuring transgender characters. For clarification, the term “transgender” encompasses anyone who does not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth, I.E anyone who has transitioned from male to female, or from female to male, or someone who simply does not identify as any one particular gender, some days identifying as a boy, others as a girl. This is known as being gender-fluid, but there are multiple other gender identies as well, including intersex, which refers to someone born with both male and female chromosomes. If you want to learn more about other gender identities, you can always do some research of your own. This blog is meant to be a safe place for everyone regardless of gender or sexuality, so any hateful comments will be deleted.

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Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Release Date: February 2nd, 2016

Character Identity: Gender-Fluid

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

Buy: Amazon

Add to TBR: Goodreads

 

My Thoughts:

I recently checked this one out at the library and am hoping to read it soon! This is the first book I’ve seen about a gender fluid teenager, so I’m really looking forward to diving into this one and stepping inside the shoes of someone of this particular gender identity.

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None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

Release Date: April 7th, 2015

Character Identity: Intersex

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

Buy: Amazon

Add to TBR: Goodreads

 

My Thoughts:

I read this one a few months ago and absolutely loved it. Kristin is a very realistic characters who experiences very realistic feelings of self-doubt and confusion regarding her gender identity upon discovering that she has both female and male sex organs. Despite not being transgender in the sense of having undergone a sex change, she still has to deal with a lot of awful transphobia and ignorance from her classmates once her identity is released to the entire school and they continue to refer to her as a boy, despite the fact that she still chooses to indentify as female. While it’s extremely frustrating to read what she has to go through, it’s a very real representation of the troubles transgender and intersex teens face, and is a very eye opening read that I recommend to anyone looking for a diverse storyline about self discovery and acceptance.

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

Character Identity: Transgender (male to female)

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are.

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him in. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself–including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.
Will the truth cost Amanda her new life–and her new love? If I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different–and a love story that everyone will root for.

Pre-Order: Amazon

Add to TBR: Goodreads

 

My Thoughts: 

I am sosososo excited for this one!! For one thing, it’s hard to find a book these days featuring a transgender character that doesn’t focus solely on their transition and nothing else. This story takes place afterwards, when she is finally starting over at a new school, ready to make new friends and move on with her life, but afraid to get to close to anyone lest they discover her secret. Additionally, the story is actually written by a transgender author, and the cover model herself is a transgender model named Kira Conley. I think this is amazing, and I’m counting down the days until this one is released! Not to mention, I’m a sucker for any story with a good romance, and this one sounds very intriguing.

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Every Day by David Levithan

Release Date: August 28th, 2012

Character Identity: Gender-Fluid

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

 

Buy: Amazon

Add to TBR: Goodreads

My Thoughts:

I have heard so many good things about David Levithans’ books, and I really need to jump on the bandwagon! This one seems particularily intriguing, as the main character, A, wakes up as a different gender or sexuality every day, and I just love discovering lgbt books with unique plots like this one.

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Release Date: May 4th, 2011

Character Identity: Transgender (male to female)

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Goodreads Synopsis:

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.Written by Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

Buy: Amazon

Add to TBR: Goodreads

 

My Thoughts:

Yet another well-praised author I have yet to read anything by! (Too many books, so little time). I love the concept of a story surrounding beauty queens stranded on an island, and the fact that this contains a trans character without making that the sole focus of the book. From what I’ve read, it also contains a subtle lesbian romance, so yay for more representation! I’ll be putting this one on hold at the library as soon as possible.

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Have you guys read any of these?  Did you like them? And are there any other upcoming releases about trans character that you’re looking forward to? Let me know!

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