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A Circus Mirror Day (Helping Hands)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Emily Knight (or Edward Knight to everyone else) spends her days pretending to be a boy. When her creative writing teacher assigns a "Slice of Life" story, Emily relates a slice of her life, stagnant though it may be. Titled "A Circus Mirror Day," Emily relates what an average day entails---from confronting the evil known as the bathroom to getting through a school day unn ...more
ebook, 19 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Featherweight Press
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Jackson Radish
This story was great! It seemed maybe a little rough around the edges with an unconventional writing style, but I did actually kind of end up liking the writing style too.

It's a self-described "slice of life" short story about a day in the life of a closeted trans girl in high school and her experience of having to pretend to be a boy. It wasn't earth-shattering or life changing for me, but it was sweet and felt unceremoniously realistic.

It's a short story so I don't have as much to say as in a
Rian Starr
When I clicked on this and started reading it, I didn't think I'd end up liking it as much as I did. I think a big part of it had to do with the fact that I wasn't sure where it was going, and while sometimes that is a good thing, in this I wasn't a fan. I really, really did love the way that Edward (Emily) spoke to the teacher through his (her) paper, and that was kind of a wonderful thing. I think that's where I started to fall in love with the short story. The best part of it, in my opinion, ...more
This was not written well. It was sloppy, too fast-paced, and irritated me at some points because the author kept addressing me. But this was a self-proclaimed "slice of life" story, and slices of life are not often conditioned right to be written perfectly. All the same, I ought to give it only 3 stars.

But I gave it 5. Because this story had me close to tears, literally. My emotional response to this story is unprecedented, and totally unusual for me. But it was there. There's a bathroom scene
Pia Veleno
While I have to assume the rambling style of the prose was meant to make it sound like a teen, there is a point where a writer can lose an interested reader by emulating too much. Yes, Ash did a fine job exposing the emotions and internal trials of a transgendered youth, but most of this short story dragged. Had it not been both short, and about a topic near and dear to my heart, I would've given up reading it.

Now that being said, if you'd like to understand more about what transgendered people
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An interesting format. Having said that, I found that it, as well as the story's length, kept me at arms-length from the character. A shame because I really would have liked to get to know the character better.
Moving and effective, but incredibly short. My heart went out to Emily and I found myself hoping one day she can look in the mirror and see her true self.
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