A Boy Like Me
I'm a middle school teacher and I'd say that this book is suitable for 6th graders. There are some mature situations because of the subject matter,…more
I'm a middle school teacher and I'd say that this book is suitable for 6th graders. There are some mature situations because of the subject matter, but nothing too graphic or violent. (less)
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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 ...more
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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Thank you, Jennie Wood, for sharing this!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more