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Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite

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From the heart of an intersex teen, one who must ultimately choose male or female—family or true love—comes the story of a deeply emotional and perilous journey home. This is a young adult novel unlike any other—an authentic portrayal of the issues faced by a child growing up with a sexually ambiguous body.

Jameson can be like other boys after minor surgery and a few years
Paperback, First, 234 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Faie Miss Press
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    Definition of Hermaphrodite as per Wikipedia:
    A hermaphrodite is an organism that has reproductive organs normally associated with both male and female sexes.

    Lianne Simon, an American author, left us entranced with her debut novel, Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite , that explores the journey of a teenager growing up in his niche while trying to figure out his both masculine and feminine sides of his demeanor as well as of his body.

    From the heart of an intersex teen, one who must
    Joni Thomas
    Wow. Okay, this book was wonderful. I remember in eigth grade health class learning about hermaphrodites and I distinctly remember the teacher telling us that many times the parents choose what gender they want to raise their child as. I remember thinking, "But what if they choose the wrong gender?" Well, this book basically answers that question.
    The main character is Jamie, otherwise known as Jameson. Though his birth certificate says boy, Jamie acted like a girl until 9 years old when a docto
    Danielle (is feeling overwhelmed)
    I confess I probably would never have read this book if I hadn't agreed to review it. Not because of the subject matter but because I tend to be obsessive with a certain genre at times and miss out on gems like this.

    This book is about Jamie's struggle to be seen as what she feels and knows she is...a girl. As she was born with one testis and one ovary, her parents insist she be raised as a boy despite various doctors advising against it. Jamie who has an above average IQ goes to college as a bo
    Sensitivity, Angst, Acceptance

    Lianne Simon is as much a poet as she is a prose author. This exceptionally sensitive book sings, and in making that choice in her writing Simon has created something far more than a study of gender conflict: she has created a hymn to all young teenagers who face some of the most impossibly difficult decisions and life choices imaginable.

    The problem of intersex is far more prevalent than the public realizes. According to medical books a `true hermaphrodite' is defin
    I received this book free from the author in a Read 4 Review in exchange for an honest review. This book peaked my interest from the very beginning. I am in the healthcare profession and honestly I have always been curious about conditions such as hermaphrodites. Then out jumped this book and I knew that I had to read it. This novel is a sweet coming of age story that really hit a nerve with me. I hated that Jamie's parents didn't accept her and wanted her to be something that she wasn't just to ...more
    Laura Ann Dunks
    The main character, Jamie is an intersex (hermaphrodite) girl who has been forced by her parents to be a boy her whole life. She struggles with her feelings, God, her friends, and love interests in an attempt to determine the right course of action. She needs to take the hormones to induce a normal puberty, male or female, before it is too late. I will not describe the plot in too much detail because i don’t want to spoil it.
    I was gripped by her dilemmas as she tries to please everyone around he
    Hypia Sanches
    This review is part of the blog tour at

    Lianne tells us the story of Jamie, a girl who has hermaphroditism and a mosaic form of Turner syndrome. Gender identity issues of monumental proportions - and mostly because of the way her family insists on treating her as a boy.

    Sometimes I wanted to get inside the book and slap/punch a few characters in the face - mostly, Jamie's father, that I can only describe as a narrow-minded prejudiced sexist. Jamie's mother is more ope
    I would first like to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book for an honest review.

    This book is the perfect example of the saying "don't judge a book by it's cover" or in this case the title. I don't know if I would have read this book if I came across this at Barnes and Noble. But I'm glad that I said yes on here. This was a interesting book due to the subject material. The material in the book is something that I have heard about but never really looked into. After reading this boo
    This book was gifted to me by the author Lianne Simon for an honest review.

    When I read the discription for this book it was so far out my comfort zone, but as ive learned since joining this group - never judge a book by its cover.
    As a mum to three boys and having a miscarriage inbetween my children you do worry about the what if's and things that can go wrong. I do remember asking myself at stupid o'clock in the morning while lying awake worrying what if my babys born with both sexes? my answer
    Carrie Lynn Lewis
    Full disclosure. I had the honor and privilege of serving as crit partner and beta reader for this debut novel. As happens with many novels, Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite went through nearly as many changes as the lead character. Seeing it grow and develop toward publication has been a delight.

    On her web site, Lianne says,
    I’m simply a housewife trying to learn to write, and trying to help the kids I love. They say you write about what you know. I’m a Christian who has some knowledge of
    This book didn't satisfy me at all. When I started reading it, I had high expectations of it because of its theme, which seemed to me quite interesting and contradictory.
    But it wasn't exciting at all. Jamie's mind was a bit naive and childish, probably because her childhood was downright wrecked by the expectations and the misunderstanding of her parents. I don't know, but I couldn't connect to her at all. Additionally, the other characters seemed minor and boring to me, and the plot, whereas it
    Katharina Gerlach
    This was a very good book that took some getting used to. Since it also had some minor issues that itched me (stuff anyone else will probably not even notice), I only gave it 4 stars. If I were more like other people, it would have been 5. (If you're interested in the irks, read the last paragraph of this review, but beware SPOILER ALERT). This book is NOT for young readers!

    I got this book for free on a Read For review basis. I requested it, because the idea of being trapped in the wrong kind of
    Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)
    ‘Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite’ is the story of Jamie, a Hermaphrodite. Though Jamie feels like a girl and thinks of herself as an Elfin Princess, her parents raise her as Jameson – a boy. Not wanting to hurt their feelings, Jamie creates a set of rules that gives life to Jameson and locks away the princess. But, when a medical student tells her that she should have been raised as a girl, the Elfin Princess wants to break free…

    This turned out to be a really difficult book to read and re
    Katie Kenig
    This was a surprisingly lovely read.

    First, let me say that while this is a Christian book, I didn't find it to be preachy (my main complaint with Christian books). It certainly was an important element in the main character's life, and played a big part in the outcome of the plot, but there didn't seem to be the undercurrent I find in some Christian books of telling everyone if they aren't as godly as the character they're going to hell. So don't let the fact that this is a novel with religious
    Melissa Levine
    For me within the first couple chapters I felt like there was more going on with Jamie than just the intersex part. The fact that she would talk to her reflection and speak of herself in the 3rd person when referring to the female Jamie or the male counterpart, Jameson. I felt like she had multiple personalities or something going on too.

    Throughout the book there were times where I would have to keep reminding myself how old Jamie was. She was suppose to be a teenager, 16, yet acted a lot of th
    Liz Winn
    "Confessions" chronicles two years in the life of Jamie, a teen born with Mixed Gonadal Dysgenesis. She has one testis and one ovary and could easily pass as either male or female. But which is she, really? She was raised as a boy, despite the fact that she would rather play dress-up than football. Now that her older brother, Scott, has been killed in Vietnam, Jamie’s parents--and her father, especially--need for her to be a boy. Convinced that her cross-dressing is a phase she’ll outgrow (a pha ...more
    Megan (The Book Babe)
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    I found out while reading this book that I'm not as squeamish as I thought I was. Because when the author first contacted me about this book, I wondered if it would be a good idea for me to read it. I wondered if it would freak me out, or if I just wouldn't be able to handle the subject matter.

    I was pleasantly surprised, because not only could I deal, I also quite enjoyed it. The subject matter was tab
    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review in the “Read for Review” section. I'd like to thank the author for this opportunity!

    At first, when I started reading, I was unsure about how could a controversial story like Jamie's fit with the Christian view, which dibates on this topic in a strict way, giving few solutions.
    But in the end I admired the author, who fully managed to surpass all these problems, showing that strong and pure will is the key to God's generousity,
    Jun 23, 2013 Karasu rated it 5 of 5 stars
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    Here is my review. A genuine review from a first-reads winner.

    This was a great read for me. Full 5 stars!

    I don't usually read Christian literature, and when I do there is usually something that disappoints me about the story. This one is obviously an exception.

    I won't say too much for fear of spoilers, but here's how it goes. Jameson "Jamie" Kirkpatrick was born with Mixed Gonadal Dysgenesis (MGD), a Disorder of Sex Development (DSD). Basically she was genetically born between the genders.

    Bending The Bookshelf
    From its deliberately provocative title, to its unusual narrative style, to its heavy layering of religious themes, to its reliance upon deception and coincidence, this was a book I was prepared not to like. The term hermaphrodite itself seemed like a slap in the face, especially since any hope of finding a mythological theme to serve as a justification for the term was erased the moment Jamie’s boyfriend invited her study the Bible with him.

    The problem was, by that point I had already fallen in
    Laura Zimmerman
    Like many readers, the subject matter of this book is interesting to me. I know very little about the medical conditions described in the book and I've been curious about how the condition affects people emotionally.

    Overall I thought the book was good but there were odd jumps in time (lack of continuity) and occasionally new people were introduced into the story with no explanation of who they were until later in the story. The same happened with certain events, like discovering her new birth ce
    Jamie doesn’t fit in. He tries to be who his parents want him to be, but she sees a different path in her dreams, and either way, the Jamie who faces the world isn’t the one in the mirror’s reflection. The doctor says his patient “should have been raised female,” but “his mom and dad didn’t like that.” So now Jamieson goes to boarding school and looks for ways to put off those testosterone shots that feel so wrong.

    First person writing gives a convincing personal touch to Lianne Simon’s Confessio
    Lianne Simon’s Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite may not be a revolutionary book but with its effortless prose and authentic characters, it doesn’t have to be to hold a special place in our hearts. This book doesn’t alienate readers who don’t understand Jamie’s condition but instead sweeps us along as we rediscover our womanhood with Jamie making the air quite nostalgic. This is not a book that burdens us with Jamie’s problems but reassures us of her individuality. That is not to say it su ...more
    Scott-robert Shenkman
    I received this book from the author is exchange for an honest review in the “Read for Review” section

    This was a very difficult book to read – not because it was poorly written – just the opposite – but because it was writen so well that all the heartache that Jamie had lived through is brought to life so incredibly well by Ms. Simon Jamie is intersexed – she (that is how she identifies) has partial “equipment” for both sexes. I have met several transsexua
    Kate Gould
    Born with Mixed Gonadal Dysgenesis, a disorder of sexual development, Jameson identifies as a girl but has been raised as a boy. His parents attempt to instil in him gender norms and behaviour they believe to be appropriate to a boy and, following medical advice, put Jameson on a testosterone regime.

    When Jameson goes to university, encouraged by friends, he changes his name to Jamie and tries to live as a girl. He learns more about his condition, attempts to navigate the often distressing and co
    Shannon Ventresca
    I received a copy of this book through goodreads' first reads program. It is also available as a free ebook. Honestly, I gave it two stars because it just wasn't as polished as a published book should be. The plot was confusing at times, as was the character development. The adamant Christianity felt unnatural and forced at times. I hate hate hate writing bad reviews...mostly because I know how important a book is to its author. I don't feel all ope is just really needs some more editi ...more
    Yvette Calleiro
    The voice at the beginning of a 16 year old who was intelligent enough to begin college seemed too young (more like the 12 year old most people thought she was). I tried to remember that the setting was the 1970s and that youth were more innocent there, but it still seemed too young for me.

    Getting past that, I did enjoy the story. It was educational and informative while being honest and naked with her emotion and experiences. It's sad that parents can be so blind to their children because of th
    On being sent this book for free, I was very grateful and excited to read. I enjoyed the book, not only because of pleasure at receiving it, but also for the heart-warming story that the book described of a teenager with a confused gender. At first I thought that the book would be very unusual but it actually turned out to be very normal with the simple themes of 'acceptance' and 'self-confidence' and the cliché of 'not judging a book by its cover', running throughout.

    Unfortunately I found it q
    The premise of the book really sounded interesting to me - the actuality not as much. Not to say that there weren’t parts I liked, parts I really felt emotionally, the ending especially was beautiful, I just wasn’t real enthusiastic with the main character for much of the book. The main character, Jamie, looks like a 12 year old girl and at times acts like she’s even younger. Sometimes that seems right, as she’d been fairly young when she forced herself to be a boy and this is her coming back ou ...more

    What a beautiful story about a beautiful person, who I will never forget.
    (Although Jamie was raised through the teenage years as a boy, I cannot in good conscience refer to her as such, so in this review Jamie will be referred to as a female.)

    This is the first book that has brought tears to my eyes in quite a while. The author successfully places you in Jamie's shoes. Jamie, a kind hearted, gentle, good kid, respectful and obedient to the parent's regardless of the added pain it brought to
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    Lianne Simon’s father was a dairy farmer and an engineer, her mother a nurse. She grew up in a home filled with love and good books.

    Tiny and frail, Lianne struggled physically, but excelled at her studies. In 1970, she was awarded a scholarship to the University of Miami, from which she graduated in 1973. Fond memories of her time there remain with her.

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