Angela Katz-McNair has never felt quite right as a girl. Her whole life is leading up to the day she decides to become Grady, a guy. While coming out as transgendered feels right to Grady,...more
I'd never tasted Twizzlers before, because duh, I'm British and whenever I wanted candy in the UK, I'd go to the nearest Post Office and buy it in grams, over the counter, from a lady who'd been working there since she was twenty-five, and now had glasses on a chain. She'd we...more
I really liked it because it did not skirt any aspects of his experience. This is the only YA book I know that discusses these issues that way. (If you know of any others, please recommednd them to me though).
The one critique I have is that the 14 year old protaganist was so calm and knowledgeable about his situtaion that to me it was not believable. He was able to calmly respond to every teacher, parent, and mean kid's comments with...more
if i am, i have to say that i've read about three hundred books by better writers. but i've never read one about a teenaged ftm who is transitioning with pride and courage.
so, i'm conflicted.
issue driven books. morals. badly written dialogue. woefully pedestrian metaphors about christmas, babies, and napoleon dynamite.
then, pride and courage and sadness and confusion and good friends and family coming around.
what to say?
Angela has just decided she is going to be Grady. Though the decision seems abrupt to her friends and family, he's always known that inside the girl body, he was a boy. So he cuts his hair, buys some guys clothes, and starts living life as a boy.
Grady is perfectly written, even before you know what is happening, it sounds like a boy. Usually I...more
What follows is an account of Grady’s life at at school, life at home and...more
Throughout the book, the readers watch Grady’s family mourn the loss of their daughter and sister and gain a son and brother. Although Grady’s f...more
Angela is who Grady used to be. That is, when he was living his life as a girl. When he discovered that he had Gender Dysphoria and decided to live his life as a male, he chose a name that sounded like a gray area, which is sort of what he felt like he was li...more
Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger is a story about a girl named Angela who is uncomfortable in her body because she feels like she wasnt meant to be a girl. Angela is in high school and when she figured out she wasnt meant to be a girl she changed her name to Grady and began wearing men's clothes and she told her friends and family about how she felt and she wanted them to refer to her as Grady. Grady went to school and was teased and rediculed by the people at school...more
Along the way, Grady makes new friends, and begins to figure out who he really is. Grady is almost too good of...more
I suppose the dullness of the character works to make him...more
You might expect a book about such a topic to be sad, even tragic as the teenaged Grady faces o...more
What I like the most about this is that Grady is just a regular kid navigating all the usual high school pathways: shifting friendships, discovering his ambitions, having a first crush, arguing with siblings, and negotiating for new family roles with parents. Th...more
Here's an excerpt:
Parrotfish is the type of book I'd recommend to anyone person trying to break free from labels and stereotypes. There's a lot of discussion involving that topic. Yes, the main character has changed gender, but the book is really about MORE than that. It's about individuality, self-acceptance and well, let's face it, helping others accept who YOU really are. I'm not gay or in confusion about my...more