Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Sweet In-Between: A Novel

By Sheri Reynolds

Kendra Kenny Lugo is 17 and her life is... complicated. Her mother's dead, her father's in jail, and she's living with her dad's girlfriend, Aunt Glo. She's afraid she's going to be kicked out, her "siblings" in this situation make things even more difficult, a local college girl is murdered, and Aunt Glo is addicted to pain-killers.

Oh, and Kendra has cut off all her hair and started binding herself up.

Call her Kenny.

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Anonymous said...

This is easily the best novel dealing with gender confusion/dysphoria that I have read, and probably that is currently published. Kenny's voice rings true throughout the novel, and the things Kenny has to deal with from a gender standpoint are very relatable. I was impressed that the author managed to get this right, as it's a very difficult thing to do.

The entire story is very well done and developed. The writing is phenomenal, and the characters are realistic and likable (though not always). Kenny will resonate with anyone who read this book, because the character is so well crafted. It's the sort of book that you can't get out of your head when you have finished.

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with the other Anonymous on this one. The book sounded really promising but my spouse who is gender queer hated it.

My spouse said that while the gender dysphoria is well written and accurate, it would be a terrible first book for a youth who is looking for perspective and understanding of who they are. The book focuses much more on the family's problem and abuse Kenny faces. The focus is definitely not on gender bending and seeing how little books there is on this subject out there it's a quite a shame.

It's a well written teen drama that deal with serious and realistic issues, just not gender queer ones.(Also, can be depressive).