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Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  384 ratings  ·  64 reviews
A brave first-hand account of online personality Alex Bertie's life, struggles, and victories as a transgender teen, as well as a groundbreaking guide for transitioning teen.

I guess we should start at the beginning. I was born on November 2nd, 1995. The doctors in the hospital took one look at my genitals and slapped an F on my birth certificate. 'F' for female, not fail-
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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A very "trans 101" read, not a bad thing in itself but I was expecting a bit more. Honestly, a lot of this info you can find on Alex's/other FtM's YT channels, so I was hoping that this book would dive past the surface. I guess I was just disappointed Alex chose not to speak so much about his own life, rather give general advice that I could get from anywhere else. (Yes, he talks a bit about the hormone process in UK, etc. but it's distant & brief.) It's a very quick read, but I kept putting ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brutally honest and at times painfully introspective examination of the process of transitioning FtM from young British YouTuber Alex Bertie.

For Alex, living in the UK, the journey has been a long process from the gradual realisation that he felt different and wrong in his skin and assigned at birth gender, to the struggle to get into the NHS system to start his transition.

But he also acknowledges that its been an easier process than it would be elsewhere in the world and it's this wi
Jamie  Cayley
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, arcs, trans, ok
It's been a while since I read this book and I've been meaning to review it but sadly I've been really busy and have fallen behind with both reviews and blogging. As a trans guy who's followed Alex Bertie ever since I moved to the UK almost 2 years ago, I was really excited about being able to read his book and jumped at the chance to the second I saw it on Netgalley. Sadly, I was disappointed. While Alex is great on video the book felt poorly written and awkwardly flowing, had it been an audiob ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, nonfiction
While I personally didn't gain much from this book, this is a *MUST HAVE* for any school and library, this should be available to teens and adults everywhere. Trans Mission is a combination of Alex Bertie's personal journey transitioning to male, what that means, and explaining the steps one takes to transition in a way that is direct and makes sense to readers who may not understand. Transitioning takes both an emotional and physical toll, sometimes reshaping relationships for better or worse. ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally had time to sit down and finish reading this book which I was already so excited to read when I found it in the bookstore.

Before reading this book,I had no clue who Alex was or that he was on YouTube, but being a massive supporter of the lgbt+ community and having friends/being apart of it myself, I always find myself drawn to reading about/ wanting to read about and learn other peoples stories and genuinely just being more educated on everything.

It’s definitely a book I’d recommend to e
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, non-fiction
It's a bit Trans: 101, but it might actually be great for people who want to learn more about the basics! I guess I'd just been expecting something a bit more advanced from a youtuber who's pretty much dedicated his life to the subject. Even so, it's a good introduction for people unfamiliar with the topic!
Barbara Band
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex Bertie was born female, came out when he went to college and has recently started his female to male transition. He has documented this on his popular YouTube channel sharing his journey, treatment and surgery. However, this book starts with his childhood years and continues with his story through the tweens, teens and into young adulthood.

It is a first-hand account of the passage of a young transgender man, told openly and honestly in a comfortable, relaxed style and with an authentic voic
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It has really helped me reading it, and I feel that everyone should read it regardless of gender or gender identity.
5 stars because this book is important!

Alex Bertie is a well-known trans YouTuber. I've been following his videos for a few months and have found them to be a great resource. Currently there seems to be a wave of anti-trans propaganda in the British media which is misleading and fallacious at best, downright dangerous at worst. That's why I think this book is so important. It's accessible, written in clear and simple language, and doesn't presuppose any prior knowledge. I think it's going to be
Lorcan Redvers
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex has been one of my favourite youtubers for a long time, due to the fact that i relate to him so much. Ever since i heard about this book I've been super excited. And it definitely didn't disappoint! I honestly enjoyed this book so much, it was not only well written and formatted but also educational.
I recently came out to my parents as FTM and the process of trying to help them understand has been excruciating. Especially since their way of coping is by completely ignoring the whole topic.
Christine Burns
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! This is an ideal book for young trans people, their parents or anyone interested in understanding the complexity of gender transition. It’s an honestly written account of one person’s journey, packed with sound advice for others.

Five stars!
Jan 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: coming-soon-19
I was picked this up as an arc because I feel a need to consume and review every single of the very small supply of trans books out there.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like a proud older sister reading this book as I've "followed" Alex on his YouTube channel since nearly the beginning (before he was Alex). I'm so pleased he wrote this book, it gives a honest and a fairly emotionally raw account of what his life is like. I really enjoyed this autobiography . Well done Mr Bertie. Now I'll go finish watching one of his videos. :)
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been following Alex on his YouTube channel for years now. Even before he came out as trans and I was still questioning.
I don't know where I would be today without his videos and those of other trans YouTubers. Visibility is immensely important so I'm beyond grateful that he's still doing his thing and even got to write his own book!

Most of the things described in this book I already new about but that didn't matter.
It felt really empowering to just hold the book in my hands and actually rea
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS!!! Especially those who are trans, have trans friends or family members! It's so enlightening and upbeat and very interesting. While I know Alex doesn't speak for all trans people, this was actually a very useful source of info for me (a trans man) and I could feel some of my own emotions and thoughts in these pages.

Overall such a good read, I'm so Proud of Alex for what he's managed to create.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Very Trans 101 so I only skimmed it. For people unfamiliar with trans content and information about transition it would probably be really helpful. I found it a bit boring tbh
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trans Mission is a lively memoir about being a young trans man that can be read by younger and older readers. Alex Bertie is a Youtuber who has made videos about LGBT+ topics as they affect him and others, and in this book he tells his own story of working out his identity and starting the transitioning process for him. He writes in a simple, engaging style that does not presume familiarity with the terminology he uses and that describes personal emotion in a realistic way to the extent he is cl ...more
Louise ✨
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqiap
Some weeks ago I talked about ressources for top surgery with one of my trans friend. At some point he talked about this book and I told him that I would like to read it.

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard is a great nonfiction book. I liked that it was a mix between Alex's experience and informations. Because like Alex says he has experienced everything.

It must have been hard to write a book about his experiences as a pansexual trans guy and at the same time writing a book that can educate peo
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
If what you are looking for is a relatable, insightful and honest insight into life as a transgender man, Alex Bertie’s Trans Mission is exactly the place to start. All too often when looking at trans media in the past I have found they’re not made with a trans audience in mind. Instead there is a painful tendency for cisgendered creators to sensationalise or alienate the transgender stories they are telling. Not once did Trans Mission give me that feeling, instead it is Alex’s truth: a raw trut ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
@Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Releasing 5/19/19

This is the account of YouTube personality Alex Bertie's life as a transgender teen from his journey to understanding himself to taking definite steps toward living a full life in the body that's right for him.

Alex takes the reader by the hand and walks them through everything from explaining how he struggled and still does at times
I've been meaning to read this since last year, but when I saw the audio book would be out I preordered it promptly (my first audiobook preorder!) then waited for it to come out.

I'll admit I didn't know who Alex Bertie was before this book, I grabbed it because it sounded like a memoir about the later points of FTM transition. The book does cover a lot of those points, but does cover earlier in Alex's life as well as giving a quick primer on trans terms and issues, and also the thriving Youtube
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: own
This is an important and relevant book and so I feel it deserves 5 stars. It narrates Alex Bertie's transition from female to male and all that comes along: understanding his feelings, coming to terms with his sexuality and gender identity, coming out to his family and starting medical procedures like hormone treatment and top surgery. This was very informative, both to trans people and people from all the ends of the gender spectrum. His Youtube videos are extremely important and clear and this ...more
Sana Burton
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to have a habit of buying the memoirs of youtubers I haven't actually watched, admittedly in this case mostly because the title is a pun. Trans Mission doesn't really do much that's new if you're familiar with trans 101, but as an account of this one person's transition, rather than as The One True Guide To Transliness™, it's easy to read and has a good voice, and Alex says a lot of the right things in regards to respecting nonbinary identities etc, but in a simplistic, approachable way t ...more
Chitraksh Ashray
It's very informative for people who have a Transgender male in their life. Personally for me, it was very emotional and like having a conversation with Alex himself. I found him on YouTube 2-3 years ago when I was trying to figure out my gender for myself and began relating to him so much. While reading his personal account in this book sometimes I lost track of time and other got teary eyed while reading it in a public space. I wish my family members and friends would read it too so that they ...more
Stephanie Landis
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trans Mission is an open, honest, educational and enjoyable read. I found Alex's journey to be interesting, and relatable. I did wish, however, he had gotten a little more personal. There were times he would mention something and I'd think "oh, this is going to be a good story," only to have it glossed over in one or two sentences. I finished the book feeling like I don't know much about Alex outside of his being transgender and his journey through transitioning, which is the only reason I didn' ...more
Jadey ☆
Alex, I've been watching your YouTube channel for years and watching you grow and change into the person you are today. I was so excited to read this book, and to my joy it was as honest, friendly, informative and refreshing as your videos are. To top it all off, I thought it was lovely and so important to have your mum's words and thoughts too. This is a brilliant book for trans people, and anyone wanting to understand trans people, covering all aspects of being trans, emotionally and physicall ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are the parent, friend or relative of somebody who is transgender, please give this book a go. Reading this was such a relief, seeing experiences and thoughts so similar to my own down in words - totally unreal. I think everyone needs to read this book, trans or not - it is so full of education, tips and stories that will help you on your journey, or for you to help support and understand somebody on their journey. I feel like everyone could learn some amazing things from this book - I lo ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you know of a trans teen or young man struggling with his gender dysphoria, give him this book. Definitely appropriate for high school boys...and for their family and friends as well. While the author writes mostly of what he knows--that of being labeled as a girl at birth and transitioning to a boy--much of what he says about dealing with the emotional struggles is applicable to MTF transitions.
Julia Smith
An open and honest account of one teen’s journey through transition, female to male, detailing the physical, social and emotional challenges.

Highly readable for those questioning their gender identity, transitioning, or for family, friends, teachers and students to better understand and support transgender students.

Insightful, informative, and helpful, Trans Mission is an important book that needs to be in every intermediate and high school library.
Emma Saanen
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book to better understand my gender identity.

A nice piece of trans-101 writing from a young, white trans man geared towards older teenagers and young adults. It may come across as basic for more seasoned members of the LGBT+ community.

I did find the writing a little repetative in places, but that was the only issue I had with the book.
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