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Trans Teen Survival Guide

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Frank, friendly and funny, Trans Teen Survival Guide will leave transgender and non-binary teens informed, empowered and armed with all the tips, confidence and practical advice they need to navigate life as a trans teen. Wondering how to come out to your family and friends, what it's like to go through cross hormonal therapy or how to put on a packer? Trans youth activist ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published September 21st 2018 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

If you've read a lot of articles and/or books on being trans or the trans experience, you won't find Trans Teen Survival Guide to be particularly groundbreaking, but I personally enjoyed it.

Disclosure: I'm not trans, but I do make it a point to educate myself thoroughly on trans issues.

Now, I'm not sure exactly why it's marketed to teens other than the fact that it's a more basic-ish guide to being trans. It's a very welcoming, easy-to-read book, and other than some pandering-ish "
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I got an ARC of this book.

I am not so far removed from being a trans teen that I have forgotten what it is like. So I thought I would check out a book aimed at teens (except for a weird chapter at the end aimed at parents of trans kids, not teens). I was hoping that I would find something that would have helped me when I was a trans teen, but I was let down.

I have heard of these authors before, they were interviewed in another book I have read recently.
Jamie  Cayley
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, lgbtq, trans, ok
As a trans guy who spends a lot of time talking to trans youth and reading trans related books I decided to read this as soon as I saw it on edelweiss+. What I liked most about the book was the format, how it had lots of short chapters containing information on a specific topic followed by sharing several people’s stories relating to that topic. However, while I won’t discourage people from reading the book, I don’t think I’d actively recommend it to anyone. It’s nice to have so much information ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Jessica Kingsley Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

I don't remember why I request this (I requested this a lonnggggggg time ago) but I'm glad I did. I am not a trans person nor do I plan on switching or changing my gender but I'm still very happy I read this.

I just want to put it out there that this book isn't just for trans people or teenagers. It's for everyone. It's for those who have a loved one who is trans. It's for those who want to gain know
Tiffany Heywood
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Disclosure: I'm not trans, but i do want to educate my self on what it means to be transgender.
This book was well layed out for an informative book with big headlines and subhealines for each topic. I feel that it will appeal to everyone not just teenagers which is its attended. The book covers all topics that you would wander about: coming out, clothing, dating, sex, pronouns and even more. My favourite part of the book is the personal stories that are included in each chapter. It was nice to
Faith Simon
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
First and foremost, I am a cisgender person and therefore cannot speak on the book's accuracy, impact or resourcefulness as a whole based from any sort of experience whatsoever. I will do my best to comment on my thoughts on this book as a person who recognizes I am not the book's title demographic and may not perceive it the same way as others might.
That being said, I loved this book! I found this
Damera Blincoe
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks, NetGalley, for giving me the opportunity to read this book. Trans Teen Survival Guide would be a great addition to any library’s collection. I feel that the information that is inside could be helpful to a lot of people, especially teens who are questioning their identity. I feel that I’ve learned a lot of information that I wasn’t even fully aware of and it has made me very conscious of my actions and how they could be perceived by others.
Avery Delany
I received an advanced review copy of Trans Teen Survival Guide from Jessica Kingsley Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my review

Trans Teen Survival Guide is a nice, easy to read guide for young trans people which brings together all of the ‘need to know’ information in one place. The guide neatly sets out the information in relevant chapters, making it easy to find for anyone who wants information on specific topics, and gives a fantastic overview of everyt
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A go-to book for every young trans.

It touched all the important subjects that raise questions, it gave tips on clothing and stuff that helps with passing. It explained the terminology. The personal stories added a nice realness, variety and comfort to it all.

What I loved most about the book was that it constantly teaches you that any way to be is okay. No one cant tell you you're not trans enough or don't apply to some standards. I would recommend it to anyone with body-image issues. I felt be
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

** I'm not trans, but as a future educator/ librarian I do make it a point to educate myself thoroughly on trans issues. I loved this book. I think its very educational, and could do a lot of help for someone struggling to understand or someone struggling with themselves. I loved the format and all the resources that were provided through out the book. I think this book is going to be very important and could help a fe
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given and ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Important note: I am not a trans person. I suggest you also read reviews by trans people to get their own feelings about the book.

5 ⭐️

As a future teen/YA librarian, I am constantly trying to find books I could add to a library that are inclusive and informative, and aren't necessarily the best-sellers "must-have". I am also wary of LGBT+ rep guides, because a lot of them are great at represent
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Highly recommend you read the reviews by trans people on here.
Jeannie Soto-Valencia
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I consider this book an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn the basics of what a trans teen experiences with lots of generous content. As a parent with almost 4 years of accepting and loving my trans teen as well as a strong medical and psychological support system, I found the book to be informative and an easy read for anyone interested in learning more.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, arcs
obtained through netgallery in exchange for a review. this doesnt affect my opinion.

dnfed around 100 pages in. this is boring quite frankly and stuff i already know. while some of this could be helpful for trans youth i feel some stuff of the tips and stuff in here and dangerous and stuff you can easily find online on websites like tumblr.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery, lgbt
So total honesty from the start, I’ve been in a relationship with a transwomen for quite some time so I thought this might be an interesting read. Now when reading Trans Teen Survival Guide there where some chapters that were excellent and others that I didn’t sit well with me but overall I think the book is a great starting point for trans or questioning teens.

The format of the book allows you to read it chapter by chapter or to dip in and out depending on what you want to gain. Throughout the
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an invaluable and very necessary resource for trans teenagers- and those questioning their gender- that should be readily available in every school and library. The authors set out to write the book they wished they had access to as teenagers. As trans non-binary people themselves, as well as campaigners for trans rights, they know their subject very well. They also feature quotes and advice from other trans young people. In the book they talk a lot about the importance of support f ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fine, conversational, accessible guide for Trans Teens

Author Fox Fisher is an artist, filmmaker, prominent trans rights campaigner and created the children’s book ARE YOU A BOY OR ARE YOU A GIRL. Co-author Owl Fisher is a speaker and writer and together these two highly successful trans authors co-founded the popular film project MY GENDERATION, are advisors for ALL ABOUT TTRANS and have appeared as advocates for trans rights on national television and radio and other venues.

The real pleasure
Thank you to Netgalley, the authors, and publisher for an advance copy of this book. **any quotes are subject to change prior to publication**

"We only have one life, and we have to live it for ourselves."

Sometimes I just title-grab books on Netgalley. When I saw this one, I grabbed it and honestly did not realize it was a non-fiction "self-help" book. I actually thought it was a quirky YA contemporary, so when I started reading the prologue I was like oh wow this is actually nothing that I thoug
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I'm a Male-to-Female trans teen myself and downloaded this ebook because I was really in need of some solid information about what it means to be transgender and how to survive as a trans person. Overall, I got more out of it than I expected, but there wasn't anything particularly moving. It cleared up some confusion I had about some topics, but most of the stuff I'd already learned on the Internet. It seems like in order to get the most out of this book, I would need to own a copy myself so I c ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book in exchange for an honest review.

For anyone who has no previous knowledge of trans people or how to transition, this book does a good job of explaining the basics. However, a lot of the information in this book is available online and can be found quite easily. I think Owl and Fox did a great job of debunking some of the common and harmful myths that are often used by the media for scaremongering, particularly surrounding children transition
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was very informative which I did not mind but a lot of the info for the websites are from the UK. Regardless it is informative and it gives tips for clothes and also shares little stories from people regarding the topic. I just wish they had more information for the people living in the USA and not as much for the UK (or split it down the middle). Other stuff was basic knowledge so I kind of skipped that and read the stuff I did not know, like the surgeries and
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Transitioning Teen and Parents
Pretty introductory-level stuff; if you know a lot about trans issues and transitioning already none of this will be news to you, but this would be a great gift to a newly transitioning teen and/or parents who are new to this. The most interesting part to me was the interviews. My biggest critique would be that I wish they had put non-UK sources in the book, as most people reading this won't be British.
Lisa Pineo
As a parent of a trans preteen I found this really helpful. I was prescreening it for her, seeing if it would be good for her age range. There are so few of these guides written for transgender teens but they're more for young adults. I found this book to be similar. I will be getting a copy for my daughter but she might not understand all the topics and vocabulary for a few years. I'm still on the hunt for a book aimed at the 8-13 year old range that discusses things at their level.
Ron Turner
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's Brit-centric (sorry Americans without universal healthcare) and there's a totally random oddball chapter about getting paid for media stories that makes me think they got burned before, but otherwise it's a great entry-level guide for trans teens. I especially enjoyed the information on the various hormone therapies and surgeries. It's a lot to digest but they were able to break it down into easy-to-understand language.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
The book miscredits the creator of the blog https://transgenderteensurvivalguide.... because they did not contact the people who run the blog despite using that blog name as the title of their book. ...more
Jenn Ergott
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A simple and informative guide to all the layers of what it means to be transgender! The comics, resources, and language are a perfect blend, and I would reccomend this to anyone and everyone who wants to start learning more about helping the trans community!
Susan Quenneville
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very educational, reminding us that we are basically all alike, all deserving of equal rights, love and acceptance.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A solid introduction for adults working with gender expansive youth and hoping to gain a better understanding of how to be an ally.
Jun 18, 2019 marked it as blog-recs
Included in a blog post and resource list at ...more
This was okay; would have been nice to have something of this sort when I was in my 20's or younger. As other folx have pointed out, some of it was problematic.
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