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A Proper Young Lady

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  20 reviews
An M/I/F Sweet Romance.

A woman with the complete form of Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome might never discover that she has testes in her abdomen rather than ovaries and uterus. Danièle knows, and she grieves that she can never have her own children. She has a partial form of AIS that left her with ambiguous genitals, a steady stream of doctors and psychologists, and parent
Paperback, 227 pages
Published December 18th 2015 by Faie Miss Press
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Jeannie Zelos
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it

A Proper Young Lady, Lianne Simon

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Genre:  New Adult Romance.

Well, I found this a really curious, odd story and the least odd thing about it was Daniele’s intersex. That I could and did accept happily, it was other parts of the story I found difficult to believe...

So we meet Daniele and Melanie. Their mums have been long time friends, and the girls grew up close to each other. Melanie spent some time living with Danièle and her family when her mum was very i
Debbie Hughes
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for an honest review.

This book was amazing. I fell in love with Dani and Melanie. This book educated and enlighten me. I am so proud of Dani to figure out who to be and what to do with life! Great choices made by all parties except maybe Dani’s mom.

I laughed and cried and was amazed with this story. Such strong characters with amazing strength. I cannot wait to read more from Lianne Simon.

This book is awesome! It should be read by everyone to help people understand the “r
Lori Byrd
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure this was a very hard to book to write knowing what the content was about a lady born with both sexes. The struggle of being a woman or a man in this story follows a path of heartbreak and learning what's the most important thing in life. I found the journey incredible, knowing that their are really people out there that have to make this decision every day. I really found it a fascinating read. ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, library-borrowed
It's shockingly queerphobic and the writing is awful. Would rate 0 stars if possible.

If you can recommend me a good book with an intersex MC, please do. Because this wasn't it.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illuminating the complexities of gender identity

A eye opening reveal that shows the complications, conflicts, condemnations & consequences of existing in the constricted either/or gender classified society with an identity that doesn't conform to either category.
Thru the main perspectives of an intersex character with a forever friend struggling to decide & define who they are & want to be, we see that even the most love & awareness doesn't presu understanding, acceptance, accurately &/or fully
3.5 stars

It seems rather apt given the difficult time the characters, more so Danièle experienced, that this is a difficult review to write. I don’t even really know where to start, but here goes.

While this isn’t the first story I’ve read with an intersex character, it is the first I’ve read that has gone so deeply into what exactly Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) is. The author either has intimate knowledge about such things and/or did a mammoth amount of research. There are pages upon pa
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

"Some important choices you only get to make one time, and they're done."

Danielle is an intersex person, she feels comfortable with what she is , has a normal life, a boyfriend with that she plans to marry in a few months, but everything starts to fall apart when she comes back to her old life to have a surgery for her female sex, besides her boyfriend starts to talk about having childrens so she proposes to
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, read-in-2015
I was given this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing I came to know about A Proper Young Lady was that it dealt with intersexuality, which I personally only saw (badly?) portrayed in MTV’s Faking It. (“Badly” as in "they put it out there but never developed that subplot", it’s an MTV show after all).

I was afraid, going into this book, that being intersex would be used as a label for the character in the same way that eating disorders or depression are used by som
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: A Proper Young Lady
Author: Lianne Simon
Publisher: Faie Miss Press
ISBN: 978-0-9851482-2-5
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Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
A woman with the complete form of Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome might never discover that she has testes in her abdomen rather than ovaries and uterus. Danièle knows, and she grieves that she can never have her own children. She has a partial form of AIS that left her with ambiguous genitals, a steady stream of doct
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dani & Melanie's story

What say about this book??

As the blurb say Dani is a intersex girl she has AIS so she is both gender.
And she never felt complete male/female just with Melanie she acepted who she is.
But after five years apart Dani has a decision to make and prepares to her wedding with Ethan.
Also she sees her best friend and chilhood's crush again and she start to doubt about everything.

Dani has to make a cirurgy to "feel" normal like her parents and her fiancé want.
But she is a proper lady
C.E. Case
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
There’s something ridiculously charming and fun about this book.

Danièle is the main star, an intersex person initially identifying as female, but not without internal conflict. Melanie is her childhood friend, who loves her but is ambivalent about gender and sexuality. In the 90s we would call this ‘romantic friendship,’ blurring the lines of both. It’s very sweet. And it has that youthful desperation everything is Important feel that comes along with New Adult Fiction.

It’s unrealistic, plot-wis
Molly Lolly
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Three stars!
This story had so much potential. The overall story about Danièle’s journey with Melanie was interesting. However there just wasn’t the story development there could have been. There wasn’t much background for the characters and there were times when it would have helped. The emotions felt like they were missing and there was very little showing throughout the book. Almost completely all telling. Many times there wasn’t any logic for how the characters w
Madam Pince
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult, reviewed
This story tells the romantic tale of two childhood sweethearts, the tomboyish Melanie, and her graceful, intersex lover, Danièle. (Danièle looks feminine, but produces sperm, and has no uterus to bear children herself.) Separated as teenagers, the two are reunited five years later when Danièle, now engaged to the ambitious Ethan, looks for a woman to serve as the surrogate mother for their children. After Melanie agrees to the role of surrogate, she conceives twins using in vitro. Little does s ...more
Sandy Conley
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story flowed in an easy manner I read it in about four and half hours. the story starts with two young children who promise to marry when they grow up. One child is from a wealthy family who's mother in protecting her child forces her child to sever ties. The other child is never given an explanation of the loss of a childhood friend. About five years pass and they are reunited but many changes have occurred that need explanation but on one level all appears normal. The children have grown i ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Back in November 2012 I reviewed Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite by Lianne Simon. It touched my heart. When the author asked if I would review a Proper Young Lady of course I said yes.

This book will tug at your heart strings as Danielle or Daniel as Melanie prefers to think of her are forced into lifestyles that biologically they are not truly prepared for. Separated for five years by their parents neither has forgotten the promise to marry and live happily ever after--Danielle is in a ba
Yuuki Nakashima
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, romance
Although this novel deals with difficult issues, being intersex and other problems incidental to it, the story is not too heavy, so it's easy to read. However, it shows you many serious problems that could happen if you or your important person were intersex, and they make you think about them deeply.

This book is categorized as NA, but I think it should be read by adults as well. It educated me so much.
According to the author's profile, she was intersex. That's why she can write such a believab
A PROPER YOUNG LADY is a touch story of the complex life of an individual with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, born intersex. Dani has so much pressure from all sides: her parents, her best friend Melanie, and her fiancé to be something they each wanted, instead of just being Dani. I felt for Dani and wanted her to have a happy ending of her own choosing. The story shows how much society doesn’t accept what it doesn’t understand. The romance between Dani and Melanie was sweet and tender, bringi ...more
Jocelyn Sanchez
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting and enlightening book to read. I really liked the overall plot and idea of the story, since it's something I have never read about before and it really opened my eyes. A very unique storyline for sure! Dani and Melanie's characters were great as well. I was drawn to their characters and the story from the first page and I recommend this book to everyone. I think a lot of readers would enjoy this book a lot! ...more
Melissa ownsbey
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked and enjoyed this book
it really touched my heart
it made me shed some tears as well
its a differ unqune book
everyone should read this book
jamies gender struggle break my heart
this is a one of a kind book
thank you for letting me review
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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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