Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Being Emily - A Transgender Teen Comes Out About Who They Truly Are

Being Emily by Rachel Gold

At sixteen, Emily feels like the ultimate outsider – although Emily’s brain knows she’s female, her body was born male. This is the year she knows she has to start talking about who she really is.

They say that whoever you are it’s okay, you were born that way. Those words don’t comfort Emily, because she was born Christopher and her insides know that her outsides are all wrong.

They say that it gets better, be who are you and it’ll be fine. For Emily, telling her parents who she really is means a therapist who insists Christopher is normal and Emily is sick. Telling her girlfriend means lectures about how God doesn’t make that kind of mistake.

Emily desperately wants high school in her small Minnesota town to get better. She wants to be the woman she knows is inside, but it’s not until a substitute therapist and a girl named Natalie come into her life that she believes she has a chance of actually Being Emily.

This book was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction. Add your review of "Being Emily" in comments!

1 comment:

ivanova said...

I loved this book in a major, major way. Very highly recommended. I would put this in my top three of transgender YA books (not that there are very many, but still.) I wrote a long review elsewhere: http://brokenbiscuits.booklikes.com/post/644750/post