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Mick & Michelle

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Mick Mullins has a great life: his parents are sweet, his sister is tolerable, and his friendships are solid. But as summer descends on Queens, he prepares to turn his carefree existence upside down by disclosing a secret he has kept long enough. It’s time to work up the courage to reveal that he is not a boy, but a girl—and that her name is Michelle. Havi ...more
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Published October 31st 2017 by Harmony Ink Press
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Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Harmony Ink for allowing me to read and review this wonderful new novel by Nina Rossing. Rossing does a fabulous job of taking us viscerally through Michelle's experience of transitioning in ways large and small. (view spoiler) ...more
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

There's always a hard balance between making a book about a trans teenager "happy" while also making it "real," and I think Nina Rossing hit this balance perfectly!

Mick & Michelle is about a teenager, Mick, who is a girl with a boy's body. She has an older sister whom she envies and two loving parents that are tough-as-nails NYPD cops. She has friends, but none that she's told, and she's on the cusp of sixteen when irreversible chang
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Full disclosure: I received an ARC through Netgalley

I've mentioned before that I find a lot of Harmony Ink Press's publications read like early drafts, and I'm pleased to say that this one is more neatly written. Technically speaking, it has no glaring issues. I do have problems with the narrative choices, though. Michelle's transition narrative reads like a Trans Issues novel that would have been published two or three years ago, which means as a 2017 or 2018 publication it's a bit backwards.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending this my way to read and review. Mick & Michelle is a young adult contemporary set for release late October.
The novel follows Mick, as he is struggling with his gender identity and trying to come out as transgender to his closest family and friends. I found it really interesting learning more about the psycho social toll that gender identity takes on someone.
I applaud the author for bringing this topic into contemporary light and dealing with
Nina Rossing
Jul 10, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Another book of mine that I'm not going to rate - but I'd love it if you would do me the honor!
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story touches on many topics, exercise addiction, abortion, drugs, gender identity, to name a few and not all of those are to do with the main character.

This author has a knack for creating three dimensional characters, and bringing the entire cast to life, including those who make minor appearances. While on one hand that’s something to be admired, on the other, it left me with too many questions. What became of Michelle’s marathon obsessed mother, her promiscuous sister, overweight fathe
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really, really, really wanted to love this book. I wanted to be happy to see another book representing lgbt community in a great way, but that isn’t really what I got with Mick & Michelle.

Why I didn’t really like this book:

The writing in this novel felt off.

The writing itself felt disjointed from what a realistic situation would have been like. No matter what the author tried to do to make this feel authentic for me, I just couldn’t see it, because every so often a character would say or do so
Lisa The Novel Approach
~ 3.5 Stars ~

Though it’s her third publication with Dreamspinner’s YA imprint, Harmony Ink Press, Mick & Michelle is the first book I’ve read by author Nina Rossing. I was intrigued by her first two books when they came out, but something about this cover and the blurb for Mick/Michelle’s story grabbed me. The book’s title includes both of the title character’s names for a reason, obviously, and at one point she does say that she is somehow both Mick and Michelle at the same time, as her life a
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rossing writes so clearly and emphatically you really feel for the journey that Michelle is on as she tries to break free from the body of Mick that everyone else sees. The way she talks about how Michelle feels, the things she must do to herself physically, the things she hides from others, her fears, all of it comes off the pages in waves of pain, sadness and confusion. If you aren’t transgendered it really makes you think about the extreme simplistic things we take for granted, that we don’t ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Release date: 31 October 2017
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I have read a few YA books about trans people and the impact that transitioning has on their life but this is the first one that I have come across where the main character had yet to say to their family “oh hey, I am transgender”, and that is what drew me to this book in the first place.

Nina Rossing does a really good job of writing in such a way that even cis readers get a lump in their throat when learning of everything that Michelle is g
Serena Yates
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is a lot of confusion in any teenager’s life, what with all the physical changes and trying to define what to do with a life that used to be determined by others. This story about fifteen-year-old Mick deciding to come out to let everyone know that he is Michelle touches on all of them – plus it adds the layer of being trans and determining what the best way forward is. Michelle knows she does not have forever to make the decision – physical changes are forcing her hand on that front. Of c ...more
Megan Luff
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. First I wanna say Mick and Michelle is the first transgender fiction book I read and it wont be my last. I have 2 other transgender books in my boxes of books. I really enjoyed this book. Its basically a coming of age story. A teenage boy trying to figure out who he is and needing support from his family and friends. I would recommend this book to anyone in the LGBT community and family members and friends of someone thats tra ...more
Nanna Sander
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mick is a 15-year-old boy, but not really. Physically, he is male, but inside he's a girl. Through a summer of renovating his grandpa's house, Mick struggles with his body's developments, and how to approach the subject of his gender identification with this family and friends.

My heart breaks for those who feels like Mick; who feel like they were born in the wrong body. That being said, I didn't much like this book. There was hardly any story here apart from Mick/Michelle's inner turmoil, and th
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was kind of hard to get into. It started off slow (which isn't great for a book that's 230 pages!) but after several chapters it picked up.

The problem was endless rambling about family's Irish past and history, before giving enough information and personality to our main character. I have to care about Michelle before you make me care about the past 4 generations of her family.

Also, I know this is a small press release, but on the first page of chapter 8 a whole paragraph is repeat
Ashley S.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Hearts on Fire review.

Keeping secrets doesn’t come easy to rule abiding Mick Mullins, whose greatest dream next to becoming a cop is to come out to the world as the girls she knows she is. But there’s always a reason to put off telling her family and friends, always some tragedy or drama to distract her from rocking the boat for the first time in her life. But now her body is changing in ways she doesn’t think she can survive, and she knows she needs to act fast to stop these things from happ
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I was given a copy via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

The idea of a YA book with a transgirl as a protagonist is what caught my attention. It is hard to find YA stories that don't focus in cis m/m relationships and I'm always looking for books that explore the LGBT+ spectrum. This book gives what it promises, the story of Mick/Michelle and the process of coming out to herself and to everyone as trans. However, that is everything what it is. There are not deep storylines nor deep deve
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The early stages especially, where Michelle is unpicking her own gender bias, sorting out her own thoughts, the confusion and the attempts to find herself in the myriad of all-too-often inaccessible online rhetoric…they were great. - Matt

Michelle is a teenager – she turns 16 in the book – and being in her head… It really felt as if we were listening to a very real, flesh and blood teenager. - Laura

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Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

This story touches on many important and hard topics but it didn’t feel overstuffed. Nina Rossing did an amazing job in creating a well rounded story about a transgender teen that showed all the problems and hardships that come with coming to terms with being transgender but still show happiness and hope.
Definitely a book people should read to better understand Transgender teenagers.
Curious Reader
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, fiction, fiction-ya
Not my usual read. This book is about a girl who is trapped inside a boys body. I have very mixed feelings about this book. It's written nicely. I'm sure the LGBT book lovers will like it.
Overall, this book is a decent addition to the genre of LGBT YA novels.
This review is based on NetGalley ARC provided in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.
Jules Lovestoread
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this one. I thought Rossing did a nice job with Michelle's story. I really loved the family relationships and closeness. <3 Full review coming to ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, e-galley-read
This book was so many shades of amazing <3 and perfect timing to have read it so soon after having seen Love Simon! ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I came across the book by chance whilst browsing netgalley’s LGBTQIA one evening, downloaded after skimming the blurb, and devoured it in less than two days - a rare feat these days.

The book tells of "Mick Mullins", the 15 year old youngest child of two cop parents. As a notorious good kid, Mich is constantly pointed out as a very well behaved boy by family and friends, and grandfather alike - the perfect son. The thing is though, Mich is a girl, and her name is Michelle.

We follow Mich's first
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-books
Genre: realistic fiction, YA
1 LGBTQ main character: trans woman

Importance of identity to plot: 5/5
Romance: 2/5
Coming out: yes

Notes: TW transphobia from friends and family
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Nina Rossing lives in Norway, where the winters are long and the summers short. Despite the brilliant nature surrounding her, she spends more time in front of her computer, or with a book in her hands, than in the great outdoors (though you may find her out on her mountain bike if the weather is good). She works as a high school teacher, which in her opinion is probably the best job in the world. ...more

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