Somebody Told Me
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[sexual assault, child sexual abuse, mention of grooming, mention of ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
There were so many things I enjoyed about this book, like the importance of education instead of anger (wherever possible) acceptance, a LGBTQ+ ...more
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 ...more