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A novel of trauma, identity, and survival.

After an assault, bigender seventeen-year-old Aleks/Alexis is looking for a fresh startso they voluntarily move in with their uncle, a Catholic priest. In their new bedroom, Aleks/Alexis discovers they can overhear parishioners in the church confessional. Moved by the struggles of these "sinners," Aleks/Alexis decides to
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Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Lerner/Carolrhoda
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    NAT.orious reads ☽
    somebody told me this is a terrific book and since I've been on a "want to read spree" for like an hour, why not add another one?

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    Alice Reeds
    Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I was very lucky to have read this when it was still a draft and let me tell you, I immediately knew it had what it takes to make its way into readers hands. Mia has gotten even better and this story will blow you away.

    Somebody Told Me is a thought provoking story that doesn't shy away from asking all the hard hitting questions, a look behind the curtains of cosplay and the dark sides of fandom and teens, as well as offering a unique view on one of the most discussed and controversial topics
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    Caleb Roehrig
    SOMEBODY TOLD ME is one of the most thoughtful books Ive ever read about gender and religion, and what they mean to a persons sense of self. Through a protagonist whose gender is not fixed, Siegert does a magnificent job of exploring how expectationsfrom within and withoutshape the interaction between identity and society.

    This book is also just a really compelling and well-balanced slow-burn thriller, full of complex and fully-realized characters. (And I LIVE for LGBTQIA thrillers!) Im so glad
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    Ricky
    Apr 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I can't believe how long it's been since Mia Siegert gave us Jerkbait...but I'll be damned if this book isn't as good. Nay, it'll be better! At least to me as a recovering Catholic and a queer kid still struggling to accept himself fully. But I'm for sure going to be all in for this book, I hope!
    Hannah | Katarama Reads
    I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it just fell very, very flat for me.

    Synopsis:

    After an assault, bigender seventeen-year-old Aleks/Alexis is looking for a fresh start. They voluntarily move in with their uncle, a Catholic priest. In their new bedroom, Aleks/Alexis discovers they can overhear parishioners in the church confessional. Moved by the struggles of these "sinners," Aleks/Alexis decides to anonymously help them, finding solace in their secret identity: a
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    Iris
    Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I really?? don't know what to make of this book??? but I think I liked it?? a lot?? I stayed up til four am finishing it so there's that.

    That said there was a lot of upsetting content in this book and please take care of yourselves and only read it if you can handle it (my list of trigger warnings may be incomplete, fair warning, but I'll list what I remember. I'll update it if I remember anything else)

    TWs: (view spoiler)
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    Mae Crowe
    Received a physical ARC from the publisher.

    Somebody Told Me is an absolute masterpiece of tone and introspection. If you're looking for a book that focuses primarily on the outward, this probably isn't the book for you. If you're looking for a book that centers on the inward and the thought processes behind our responses to the outward... It most certainly is the book for you.

    What does that mean?

    Essentially, it means that despite the very real world conflicts that occur in this novel, they're
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    Hayley
    Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley, ya-books
    I really enjoyed this book right from the beginning. I don't read a lot of novels that feature trans teens so it was an interesting chance of pace from what I'm used to. One of the things that I really enjoyed was how supportive Alex/Alexis' mother was in their transition, and how fiercely she stood up for her child against anyone even her own family. This gave it another nice change since I"m used to trans teens being oppressed in the few stories I read with them. This book starts off with a ...more
    Kylie
    Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I really, really admire and appreciate all the things that Mia writes about. She takes a lot of risks in her writing, and I hope that other readers will see that just as much as I do. So many interesting and important topics are brought ip in this book, and I think that's why it was so important and impactful for me. Here's to seeing more bigender characters in books! This was the first one I had ever read!
    Dill Werner
    Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: queer-reads
    I am so fortunate to have been a critique partner and all-around writing buddy cheerleader alongside Mia for over two years now. We're the kind of friends that come to each other with plot help, and when she told me the concept of this book, how it would unfold, and the twists...I was hooked!

    I was excited to consult on certain issues, but also to learn more. How would this person relate to that person? Okay, but who is the one you really need to look out for? This is a story about a teen wanting
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    Jason Fischbach
    Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This was a really fun one for me. It read quickly, which was impressive given how much of the subject matter was really foreign to me (I'm not so familiar with Catholicism or cosplay, or really any of the hobbies of anyone in the story). In fact, my favorite part was the opportunity to learn about some of the things I'm not so familiar with, especially the bigender protagonist. While I consider myself to be open-minded and allied, this was one self-identification that I just wasn't as familiar ...more
    Billie Parsons
    Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I will be honest this book isn't the genre I typically read, however, I think that Mia Siegert did a great job and I look forward to more of her work.
    Gender and religion are two very complex topics of discussion in today's culture and In Somebody Told Me not only does the main character have to battle themselves with one of them, but they have to do it with both.
    Siegert takes risks with her writing and she does it right.
    Ocean
    Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Aleks/Alexis is a troubled and complex character who is dealing with their own trauma while also trying to help other people after overhearing confessions. At first, they try to help people who are struggling, but by the end of the book they are trying to bring down someone who committed and awful crime that was being covered up by the church. Their inner turmoil throughout the book was a big deal and they had a lot to overcome, I think the topics of gender and trauma were dealt with delicately. ...more
    Laura
    Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Wow. This book was just fantastic. The writing is great, and the story is enthralling.

    Alexis/ks is a great main character. This was my first exposure to a bigender character, and reading about Alexis/ks's struggle to fit in and deal with past trauma really added depth to the story.

    As a self-described "recovering Catholic" who went to school with nuns, I loved the way Bernie and Joey were portrayed here. Their friendship, their easy rapport, the fact that they weren't always formal all brought
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    Jonne
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I was given an e-ARC of this book, this in no way affected my opinion.

    The authors note in the end of the book started with this:

    I wanted to write a book about the ongoing problems in the Catholic Church without attacking Catholics for their faith.

    Thats exactly what the author did.

    Theres plenty of themes, and aspects to this book: it discusses religion, gender (more specifically being bigender in todays society), military parent, fandoms and cosplays, social media, trauma, abuse, to name a
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    Kyle
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
    A lot going on in this book. Definitely worth reading as it makes the reader question many things which is a very good thing.
    grace o'brien
    Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I really liked this book, it was eye opening to many issues and it told me more about the catholic faith. The fact that Aleks/Alexis is bigender also was interesting as it showed the change between the two and the difference in the person themselves when they are each person.
    I found that the blurb was quite deceptive though as the point in the blurb didn't come up in the book until I was 62% into the book.
    Overall I thought it was a really good book and definitely would read again if I had the
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    Mindy Floyd
    Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book interested me from the very beginning just because I personally dont think theres a lot of LBGTQIA+ stories out on the market right now. It was very interesting getting to read a book from their state of mind and learn more about them. This story was pretty great and opened my eyes up to a lot of things that they face in life and it also had a few twists & turns along the way! ...more
    Helene
    May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Review to come
    Lucsbooks
    I have never loved a characters voice more than Alexis/Alekss.

    Mia Siegerts protagonist IS an actual teenager, not just the result of an adults research and distant memories and that bleeds through the page. Aleks/Alexis reach wrong conclusions, fantasize, have crushes, evolve in their thinking, have their own prejudices, actively try to be a good person, fight with adults when they feel their values and ideas are being crushed by someone elses, they are insecure, they long for connection, they
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    Driftwood Books
    Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
    I was immediately drawn in by the premise of this novel: a bigender teen voluntarily going to stay with their Catholic priest uncle. That and the fact that it's a YA LGBTQ+ thriller, a growing genre that's broadening the discussion for important topics within the community from a different angle. (Which means, as opposed to the angle of YA romance)

    There were so many things I enjoyed about this book, like the importance of education instead of anger (wherever possible) acceptance, a LGBTQ+
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    Dev Singer
    Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
    2.5 stars

    I wanted to like this book more. I really did. This is the first book I've ever read with a bigender character and it was GREAT at introducing me to the concept, since it's a part of the queer world I actually had never heard of.

    The actual plot, though. When I showed the book to a Catholic (knows-his-stuff Catholic) friend of mine before I started reading it, he said that the concept of hearing confessions through a vent was just wrong. He said that confessionals have no ventilation
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    Feb 22, 2020 added it
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    Real rating: 3.5 stars

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    Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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    Mia Siegert's sophomore novel SOMEBODY TOLD ME will come out with Lerner/Carolrhoda in Spring 2020 (#ownvoices). Her debut JERKBAIT made Goodreads Best YA of May 2016, Top 12 Indie YA from Barnes & Noble Teen Blog, Top 10 YA of 2016 from AndPop!, and gained attention from SB Nation, Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble Teen Blog, AndPOP!, MaximumPOP! UK, VOYA Magazine, Paste Magazine, Teen ...more

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