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A Boy Like Me

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Born a girl, Peyton Honeycutt meets Tara Parks in the eighth grade bathroom shortly after he gets his first period. It is the best and worst day of his life. Determined to impress Tara, Peyton sets out to win her love by mastering the drums and basketball. He takes on Tara’s small-minded mother, the bully at school, and the prejudices within his conservative hometown. In t ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by 215 Ink
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Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Although I'm grateful for any trans representation in novels, I'm often disappointed when they end up reading more like informational brochures than stories. This one doesn't have that problem. It manages to convey some of the difficulties of life as a trans person (in particular, the sheer awkwardness of it - I could relate to that well) more subtly than other novels I've read. The characters are believable and interesting, so that I cared about them enough to want to know how their lives turne ...more
Elizabeth Amber Love
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is a rare occurrence for me to pick up a book and not want to put it down. I was never that way with any of the Harry Potters or even my favorite mysteries. I tend to find a comfort zone of reading 20-35 pages in a sitting and don't read every day. But those precious times when a book flows so incredibly well from chapter to chapter, I've managed to read a whole novel in only a couple of days. This was the experience I had reading my friend Jennie Wood's first YA novel, A BOY LIKE ME.

If you'r
Sara Lynott
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This book is the first book that I have ever won on Goodreads. I loved it, I totally loved it.
This book takes you through a transgender love story that goes through the akward years of middle school, high school and beyond. Tara Parks is a string girl who know what she wants. She meets Payton in middles school and the fall foe each other right from the start.
Things would be perfect if Payton was a guy, like she feels. Tara let's her know that what she is feeling is fine. She is always there to l
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Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Gimme a Head With Hair...
Drinking Buddy: One of the Guys
Testosterone Level: Impotent Rage
Talky Talk: The Ugly Truth
Bonus Factors: Awesome Uncle
Bromance Status: The Bud Who Outgrew Me

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Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jennie Wood does a great job describing the struggles of a boy going through the struggles of puberty, complicated by the struggles of being in the wrong body. Wonderful story!
Thank you, Jennie Wood, for sharing this!
Nov 24, 2014 added it
Recommended to Emma-Krystine by: Jaime Bridges
I loved this book... quickest book I have read a book in a while... it hit me in a why a book has been able to in a while, as a person who had troubles figuring out what I was it made me realize that you can only be true to yourself and do what you what you got to do.
Jack Ferris
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really, really love this novel.

This is a story about a boy becoming a man, starting with his humiliating experiences with menarche. It's amazing what a difference that one little detail makes.

It's a familiar story that we know and love, but with so much more at stake. Like a lot of young men coming of age, Peyton has an absent father, a distracted mother who doesn't understand him, a disgusting high school bully after him, a woman he aches for, and a community in which he struggles to find his
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This story was everything I wanted it to be and more. Heart-breaking, heart-warming, and completely beautiful, I know Peyton’s journey will stay with me for a long time.

I was immediately interested in reading this book. It’s not often that I come across a story in YA that follows a transgender protagonist. I hope that in the future, it won’t be uncommon to find these stories. This book comes at such a prominent time after heart-breaking stories
Sherry Wood
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An incredible journey I feel like anyone can relate to who has felt like they don’t belong but are deserving of love. This story went straight to the heart and I didn’t want it to end. Tara and Peyton forever!
Dov Zeller
This is a novel about a trans guy named Peyton Honeycutt and his beloved cis female friend/lover Tara Parks. They meet in 8th grade in the girl's bathroom when Peyton is hiding from the world. He's just gotten his first men's issue (the GQ as I prefer to call it) and he's freaked out and doesn't want to deal with the actuality of bleeding or the implications in terms physiology. Tara is trying to get acclimated to another new school (her dad is in the military and the family moves a lot) and win ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I'm friends with this author. :^)

Back when I was a yougin', I could count the number of books I read in a year that featured people of color on one hand. But at least those characters of color SURVIVED their stories (usually). If a character was gay (like 1 in a million books, it seemed), s/he was usually tragically dead or isolated by book-end. Even in fantasy (I'm looking at you, Mercedes Lackey) where, like its cuz sci-fi, the strict code of possibility was looser.

Enter "A Bo
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this as a first reads! I loved this book. This was a wonderful love story about a confused transgender (Peyton) and a loving girl (Tara) who I wished we could get into her head also throughout the book! I will defiantly recommend this to anyone who loves a good love story.
Mar 18, 2015 added it
DNF @ 83 pages

I wanted to like this book more than it was willing to try to get me to like it.

I stopped at page 83. My grandma told me to give a book 100 pages minus my age to give you a reason to keep reading. Since I'm 18, I gave this book 82 pages to prove me wrong in putting it down (and decided to finish the chapter for good reason). Unfortunately, it didn't.

A Boy Like Me could've been a great opportunity for Jennie Wood to write a great book about a transsexual teenager. While I do appreci
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

4.0 out of 5 stars A well- rendered portrait.

A Boy Like Me is an important addition to the LBGT YA category of books. There are few books out now dealing with transgender issues in teens, and even fewer novels from a first person perspective. I'd have loved to give A Boy Like Me five stars, But I found it lacking in a few key areas. The main character, Peyton, was well-written and truly believable, especially in her interactions with and emotional turmoil with her first and only real love Tara.
Dec 05, 2014 added it
Katherine Honeycutt meets Tara Parks on the worst day of her life – the day of her first period. Tara dubs Katherine ‘Peyton’ and Peyton quickly falls in love with Tara, and is determined to win her love. Peyton has always felt as if the body in which he was born was wrong, itchy like ill-fitting clothing. Yet Peyton knows nothing about what this wrong feelings means or there is something he can do about it. With Tara’s friendship, Peyton feels like he can conquer the world. Thankfully Peyton do ...more
Laina SpareTime
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Cross-posted from my blog where there's more information on where I got my copy and everything.

First things first, just for the record, I'm on the asexual spectrum, but I am cisgender, so I won't talk about this like I know anything about the experience of being trans, or saying that this is inauthentic or even if I believe it is authentic, since I'm not the person who gets to say that. And if at any point you think I'm totally messing up, feel free to comment (Anonymous is always on), or email
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-love-love
Exactly one year ago I finished reading this book. Haven't said anything about it yet other than giving it a 5 star rating, so here are my five cents about this lovely piece of young adult fiction.
I remember ordering this book because I had seen it on a list of newly pubished lgbt books. The title sounded intriguing and the cover is just marvellous. That being said I had no expectations whatsoever how this book is going to be like. What I ended up reading did surprise me in the best way.
This is
Stephanie Gayle
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Peyton's journey shows a side of the YA trans narrative too often unexplored. What if the young trans person doesn't know he/she is trans? How do you come to that awareness and acceptance? Peyton's story is remarkable, uplifting, and utterly worth your reading time.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good for High School audience. A story that keeps your interest.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia
i loved this book so much
Sam Segan
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Elijah Slinkard
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought the book read as immature at first; I felt like I was reading a book written for middle schoolers. As the pages went on and as we progressed through the protgonists' teen years, the writing became more mature. I'm not sure if this was intentional.

My only big grievance of this book is that it lacked proper research on trans issues. I'm FTM myself and this book promoted one of the most harmful, dangerous ideas to FTM trans people-binding with bandages. NEVER BIND WITH BANDAGES. It c
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just happened to sit down in a comfy chair at the library to look over the books I'd grabbed from the New Books shelf, and noticed this book, also new, in the Teen area, so I picked it up as well, and took it home. A recent class on Gender has sensitized me to the plethora of possibilities. This book follows into that path. High school student Peyton (born as Katherine) meets new girl in school Tara in the girls' restroom, on the day his period starts. Peyton's story of love, pain, fights, tim ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abby-s-requests
What a wonderful story. Should be required reading!
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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A reasonably well-written novel about a young FTM person discovering himself from age 14 to about 20.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF ...
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, favorites

This book is incredible, and I wish there was a good way to get it out more. As another reviewer mentioned, this book doesn't feel like an informational pamphlet. This feels like a true telling of growing up through stages of adolescence while coping with learning about what it's like to be a trans person. It's not always so easy to figure it out.

I don't feel like there's enough books/tellings on how many trans people know something is much different and strange about them VS other people around

Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Big-hearted Novel, Sweetie of a Protagonist The day Peyton Honeycutt gets his first period it’s a near calamity. Peyton was born female but is a boy. He holes up in the girls’ bathroom, too ashamed to come out. There he meets new girl, Tara Parks. And Tara becomes the object of his desire.
Early on Peyton and Tara meet resistance. When the skating teacher insists that Peyton get in the girls line and skate with a boy for pairs skating, Peyton at first refuses. And then finally, knuckles under to
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jennie Wood's novel A Boy Like Me is a coming of age story focused on a transgender character. The character development was phenomenal. Peyton/Katherine is a well rounded protagonist who's story will touch the hearts of readers. Supporting characters are well written as well. The uncle was my favourite. While the main story-line focuses on his feelings for Tara and his discomfort within his female body, there is more going on. There are stories of friendship, of family dynamics, of depression, ...more
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Jennie Wood is the creator of Flutter, a graphic novel series published by 215 Ink. Featured on Law & Order: SVU and in the New York Times, Flutter is one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013 and 2015, according to The Advocate. Bleeding Cool lists Flutter as one of the 15 best indie comics of 2014. Comic legend Gail Simone says that Flutter is "a truly thrilling graphic novel." Flutter, Vo ...more
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