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4.57  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Callie Canter knows all about screwing up—and being screwed over. After her so-called boyfriend publicly humiliated her senior year, taking a fifth year of high school at Beaufort Hills Academy is her second chance to leave behind a painful past. But her need for social acceptance follows, and going along with the in-crowd is the difference between survi ...more
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Published June 25th 2019 by Lakewater Press
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Paula  Phillips
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I have to be honest and say I wasn't sure what this book was about when I started reading it as I had agreed to do the tour as the cover looked amazing - yes, I am a cover crusher and judge the occasional book by its cover. All Boy started with the main character Callie attending a new college which is created with the idea for those needing to spend another year at high school before going off to "college". It is a place where you can find yourself and discover your strengths. For Callie, she w ...more
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
All Boy is a stellar read by Mia Kerick. There's something special about the way Mia Kerick writes transgender teen stories. She excels at writing an honest and realistic character, while placing them into real situations.

All Boy is a novel about fear, fear, and more fear. It's about the fear of living one's truth, the fear of facing those consequences, and the fear of the unknown.

Two teens who struggle with how the world sees them. This is a story of humiliation, shame, and self-loathing.

As 5
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 - 5 Stars... Another great read from this author...

The first thing I need to say is that All Boy was not an easy book to read. Sometimes, those are the best books though. That’s one of the reasons why my reading is so eclectic. I love learning about people from all walks of life and “seeing” and “feeling” things from a totally different perspective.

My heart broke for both of these kids, but mostly for Jayden. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of Callie for a while in All Boy. Given what she wen
Lisa Mandina
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book. It really made me think. I honestly don't even know where to start with this review. There was so much that went on in this book. I feel like we got a good look at the things a transgender person might deal with. That was the part that I really kept turning pages on, to try to learn, to understand. It was easier for me to understand Callie's side. A girl, overweight, worried about food, and people treating her differently, and maybe even seeing herself as overwe ...more
J.V. Speyer
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-reads
I received a review copy from Xpresso Book Tours, and I honestly jumped at the chance to get my hands on a book featuring a trans character that didn’t fetishize trans people. I was a little hesitant to read another YA book, because high school was awful enough the first time and I don’t want to relive it, but the subject is incredibly important especially for this age group and I definitely wanted to read more books featuring trans characters.

I wasn’t surprised to find Beaufort Hills Academy t
Lynda Dickson
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 15+
Shelves: young-adult
Callie is doing a fifth year of school at a private prep school in the hopes of reinventing herself after a disastrous experience in her senior year at her old school. She has the chance to fall in with Shawn and the popular crowd but finds herself more interested in quiet loner Jayden. Jayden is keeping his own secret. He’s given up his family, his home, and his softball scholarship to attend this school. And falling for Callie, or any girl for that matter, isn’t in his plans.

The story is told
Jayne {aka cupcakesandbookshelves}
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
An intense and worthwhile read, I love books like this and Mia handled the content and characters so well. YA romance and distressing life struggles at it's best.

*Copy kindly given in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much*
Kay Weston
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, lgbt, ya
An extremely powerful and painful read.

Full review to come on 17th July as part of the blog tour here on My Endless Shelf.
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
All Boy is about two teenagers who both have issues and pasts to deal with. Callie wanted to start anew after an experience at her school. She is not very keen on giving her trust, and also allows herself to fall back into old habits, just to make life easier. Jayden is living on a knife's edge, always afraid that someone will find out his secret.

These two were excellent characters, so rich and full of emotion. They were absolutely perfect for each other, and I loved how they balanced each other
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: All Boy
Author: Mia Kerick
Publisher: Lakewater Press
ISBN: 978-0-6484825-1-2
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Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Seventeen-year-old Callie Canter knows all about screwing up—and being screwed over. After her so-called boyfriend publicly humiliated her senior year, taking a fifth year of high school at Beaufort Hills Academy is her second chance to leave behind a painful past. But her need for social acceptance follows, and going along with t
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Love is love".  Imagine not being able to be who you are.

"I couldn’t play softball here, as it’s a women’s sport. And I’m not a woman. I’ve always been Jayden, and I will sacrifice whatever is necessary to live honestly. This isn’t a choice; it’s a necessity for survival."

Jayden has left everything he knew to be himself, but one girl wants him to be all boy.  Can he tell her the truth and live with the outcome?

"One humiliating, boyfriend-instigated life disaster later, and everything has change
Andrea Thompson
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, general-fiction, na, ya
This one was powerful y'all. It takes YA angst and bullying issues, and body image struggles to the next level and beyond. It's insightful and well written and just a very different kind of story but also a very important one.

Callie and Jayden seem perfectly matched, from the very beginning. I struggled with Callie because I related to her and her body image issues, but she repeatedly makes some terrible decisions that I was internally yelling at her for. Jayden has so much going on with his own
Jodi Gallegos
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Callie is attending Beaufort Hills Academy in an effort to put a humiliating high school experience behind her. But, as much as she wants to be her own person, she can’t get past her desire to fit in.
Jayden is also looking for a new start at Beaufort Hills Academy, one that involves living—for the first time—as a boy. With his strict religious upbringing, Jayden has never had the freedom to live the life he feels is true to his inner self.
Callie and Jayden are drawn to each other, and soon dis
J.S. Frankel
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was sent the ARC of this novel by the publisher, so I have no financial involvement in it, and they have not promised to supply me with chocolate or put my children through school.**

I've read Ms. Kerick's work before, and what she excels at, beside offering up smooth prose and, to me, realistic dialogue, is drawing damaged characters. And damaged is what we have here. The story is told from two viewpoints, that of Callie Canter, an overweight young lady simply trying to get through
Shirley Cuypers
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-beta, ebooks, 2019

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This book was provided by the author through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Mia Kerick and Chapter by Chapter!

All Boy
tells the story of Callie and a transgender boy called Jayden. This book talks about religion, being transgender, and humiliation.

All Boy is the first book I’ve read by Mia Kerick and I liked the story. I love reading books about transgenders because I kind of want to understand what they’re going through and how they feel. Las
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, ya, romance
What I Loved:
The realness of the characters written by Mia Kerick was just amazing. The struggles and fears that each of these characters live with was described so well. I appreciated that both Callie and Jayden had a physical thing that they were fighting with. Callie struggles with her weight and Jayden struggles with his female body. The author drew me into to both of their stories and I was in awe.

How I Felt:
Jayden’s need to hide his true self from his family is heartbreaking. He must conti
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mia Kerick tackles all the hard topics and she does it well. I can’t comprehend what Jayden has to go through as a trans-man, but bullying and high school go hand in hand unfortunately and Jayden cops more than most with his reactions completely believable and understandable. Callie goes through what a lot of girls do in high school purely because she’s not a waif thin model size teenager. Together these two bring something like a feeling of safety to each other. The bullies in this book could b ...more
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and rev

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