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Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place (A Transgender Memoir)

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An unflinching and endearing memoir from LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird about how, through a childhood of gender mishaps and an awkward adolescence, he finally sorted things out and came out as a transgender man in his mid-twenties.

When Jackson Bird was twenty-five, he came out as transgender to his friends, family, and anyone in the world with an internet connection.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Tiller Press
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Apr 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: coming-soon-19
Jackson is pretty a cool dude, so I cannot wait to read his memoir. I'm especially excited that such a sure-to-be-fantastic book is being added to the sadly small pool of transmasculine memoirs.
~ Althea | themoonwholistens ~  ☾
FORMAT READ: Paperback

*Thank you to Julia Judge and Tiller Press for sending me an ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of Sorted from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

After reading several "YouTuber" books over the years, it's safe to say Sorted by Jackson Bird is the most well written and researched one yet. Part memoir and part educational guide, Sorted is Jackson's story discovering that he is trans. As a viewer of Jackson's YouTube channel, this book helped me understand his journey in a new way, and have an even deeper respect for what he and other trans people face growing up
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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I got an ARC of this book.

So there is nothing wrong with this memoir, but it just wasn't for me. I had no clue who Jackson Bird was before this book and in a few months, I may not even remember the name. This is not to say that his journey and his contributions to the queer community don't matter.

The book is very much trans 101. There were big breaks in the middle of chapters to explain some very basic terms. He gives these definitions beautifully.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I followed Jackson for a bit before he came out - some of the events in the book I remember watching the videos on. I have really been fascinated by his journey and his videos have been a really good resource when dealing with the youth I volunteer with. I think I'll recommend this to other leaders I lead with because it provided some really good breakdowns of words to use and not use, some different things to consider as well as great resources.

I did not enjoy the big grey boxes breaking up
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

Is writing this review just an excuse not to study for Microeconomics? Absolutely but let's do this!

I've been following Jackson Bird for a while now. I do have to admit I probably haven't watched most of his videos, I'm not the most serious of followers but I've definitely binge-watched some of his stuff. That area of Youtube that's full of trans
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
Jackson knows his brand and knows his target audience. This is a memoir for those who are questioning, confused, lost about what it means to be a trans man. Jackson is essentially writing the book he wished he had when he was younger. It's also an excellent book for those looking to be a better ally. Jackson's personal journey is interspersed with terminology, context, and recommended books/documentaries for those who are new to the trans community, who are unfamiliar with what it means to come ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to buy my finished copy of this book if preordering if your jam than 100% go and do that right about now.
This is the kind of memoir that makes me remember why my fantasy, science fiction, and YA farce loving self also sort of thinks non-fiction might be the best genre. When a true story, on any scale, is written well with a cohesive narrative, it completely kicks ass.
Sorted is a memoir following Jackson Birds life through the lens of gender. The narrative is so tight, funny,
Sorted is a well-written, engaging, and smooth read. Jackson Bird's voice is very strong, and he is able to present complicated ideas in a very clear and understandable way. While I wasn't necessarily "wow-ed" by Bird's memoir, I enjoyed following along as he led me through his FTM journey. Though I'm not familiar with his previous work on YouTube, etc., I found the overabundance of Harry Potter references in Sorted to be really relatable. As someone who found queer community and identity ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a person who is cisgender (I believe that is the right term, I'm sill learning), I will never full understand what a person goes through who is transgender. But I am trying and this book helped so much. Jackson Bird not only shares his struggles in questioning his identity and sexuality, but also his struggles in finding answers to all his questions. He, like so many others like him, questions so much about himself, but then also has to try to figure out what all his questions even mean. And ...more
Bekah Dawson
I highly recommend this book - especially for people who want or need more information about trans people. Obviously, this is just one person’s story, but the asides with explanations are well-done. Their placement in the story often helps to further clarify the elements they are explaining.

I personally did not need all of the basic explanations - but I went into the book knowing that I didn’t and knowing that they were there. I hoped that I could add it to my list of recommended reads for
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, net-galley
*I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review*

Though I have never watched Jackson on YouTube I recognized his name and face from interactions with YouTubers that I have watched and internet places where he has been involved. While this helped me to understand some of the events, people, and places he talked about in his book I don't find that necessary at all.

I though this memoir was extremely well written. It was heartfelt, real, and also showed so much learning and
Alex Myers
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel very lucky to have read an ARC of this book, and I can't wait for it to be released: I will be recommending it as a wonderful read and resource for folks who have a transgender friend or family member, who might be questioning their own gender identity, or who are just curious to learn more about how gender works. Jackson Bird approaches his own story with modesty and humor and he balances nicely between his personal account and explaining terminology and how-t0. The book is well laid-out ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
I was really lucky to have received, on behalf of the It Gets Better Project, an advance copy of this brand new memoir from Jackson Bird, released just this past Tues, Sept 24. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Jackson, he’s a popular YouTuber who’s known for being one of the first major personalities on the platform to document his transition through online videos, making his story open and vulnerable to audiences around the world. Best of all, he’s opened his heart and life up to ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want everyone to read this book.
Kevin Saunders
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, nswd, 2019
Every trans person’s story is unique, as Jackson is quick to remind us throughout this memoir. And that’s all the more reason you should read his story. I’ve followed his work for quite a long time and he’s always managed to find that balance between humor and seriousness. The book is a great reminder that (unlike what we see so often in popular media) trans people are neither jokes nor tragedies. Which isn’t to say there isn’t lots of humor in here, along with some straightforward looks at the ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This book was great. I've followed Jackson's journey on and off. I saw his coming out video quite a while ago, and then I watched several of his videos on his channel because I was curious to learn more about him.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves memoirs, Harry Potter, and/or LGBTQA+ content. I don't like Harry Potter, but if you do, that's probably a bonus, because you've maybe heard of Jackson before and
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun to read memoir. I tore through it in 2 days, which is not something I often do. As an older cis dude, I came to this with some misconceptions, and by Jackson sharing his journey in such an interesting way I feel like I have a better understanding.
Diane Hernandez
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Jackson Bird had a problem growing up in a 1990s suburban Texas neighborhood. Born female, Jackson identified more with boy clothes and haircuts. However, in high school, Jackson tried to ignore the feeling by dressing feminine. During college, Jackson became a gay trans male and a videographer. This is his story.

Jackson’s story is heartfelt and emotional but also empowering. He now is happily pursuing his most important documentary—his own story. He tells of confusion about trans culture
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Recommendation: Honestly, I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. Don't get me wrong, I really liked it—Bird's story is heartwarming and his writing is witty and humorous, but it was a little too remedial when it came to providing definitions and explanations of trans related experience and procedures. But, that's part of what Bird has gained a following for, providing an easy and digestible introduction to trans lives and experiences, so I just wasn't the 100% right audience for it.

Reid Webb
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really gives you an understanding of why Jackson Bird is so successful as a Youtuber and an advocate for the transgender community. He has a way of writing (and speaking) that effortlessly combines personal stories with information and resources. I get the feeling that serious effort went into this writing, but it comes off as natural and easy, so it's a smooth read. I ended up on the last page while still thinking I was only halfway through.

Bird also does a great job of breaking down
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This was on the new shelf at the library. When you’re under 30, it’s a challenge to summon the perspective and insight of later years, no matter who you are, but the writing quality here is decent. It would have been significantly shorter as a straight memoir without all the trans terminology and promotion excursions.

While I consider the transgender movement to be an assault on society and reality itself, it’s hard not to like the author who comes across as earnest and fragile. Unfortunately,
emily [coffeeandwashitape]
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked immediately with the very first Harry Potter sorting reference.

I admittedly had never heard of Jackson Bird before reading this, but as a queer lady myself I make it a point to regularly read memoirs of other LGBTQA+ folks because voices matter, people!

I was excited to read this, I really enjoy memoirs from trans folks but this book I found especially wonderful. Not only was it well written, I laughed out loud a few times (those diary entries addressed to Harry, oh my
Sam Who
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know more about what it's like to be trans from a trans person
A beautiful personal story about the highs and lows of the life and transition of a trans man.
A lot of times, we only see the narrative of trans people who instantly knew and were sure of their trans identity at 3-4 years old. But for a lot of us, we don't really fully realize or comprehend our identity until much later. This made this book so relatable to me, as I have a similar experience to the author.
It can be quite emotional at times, but I think it's such an important story both for
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The educational component of this book sets this book apart from a lot of other transgender memoirs and makes it even more valuable as a resource for people who are coming to terms with their gender and their family/friends.

That said, the author is infinitely relatable and has written a book that is difficult to put down. Far from being a dry educational resource, he is witty and entertaining without sacrificing important content on trans issues. I love his voice.

I think this book will resonate
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has imprinted something on my heart. Being queer myself, I was never able to find a genuinely supportive queer community to share our stories and understand one another. (I have good friends, most straight and some queer but not a queer/lgbt community) I think that is why this book and Jackson’s YouTube channel means so much to me. On one hand, I am jealous of him for having this wonderful community but also feel privileged that he shares his thoughts and ideas with us, as readers and ...more
Jackson Bird is a trans activist, YouTube star and waffle artisan. A fixture in the Harry Potter fan community, he’s a proud Gryffindor. In his memoir Sorted (Tiller Press), he tells the story of how he came to understand and accept his gender, and the journey that took him from Texas to NYU, from AFAB (assigned female at birth) to growing into the man he always was. Along the way he encountered love, friendship, some really awesome music and some really messy waffles. I had the pleasure of ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I so admire Jackson and I sat next to him at this year's Granger Leadership Academy and was so intimidated and rude that I did not introduce myself and I have regrets because I so want to be his friend. Also I know some of the people he knows. Oh, Abigail. Grow up.

Anyway, this title is perfect, and the whole thing is so well written and it took me a long time to read because I kept crying. I'm so impressed with Jack's candor, eloquence, and honestly, his really beautifully kept journals?
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Loved this memoir about one trans guy's path to transition. As Jackson says, he isn't really famous, but he's a nano-celebrity, so I've seen him on YouTube and (I think) heard him on podcasts before, and I got a kick out of learning more about his personal journey. I particularly liked seeing the role that Harry Potter fandom played in his life, both in terms of self-acceptance and in unexpected career opportunities.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs-bios, lgbtq
An incredibly honest and passionate memoir, complete with sections that offer kind-hearted advice for those looking to support the trans community.

As a transmasculine person, I believe I've only ever read one other book written about our experience by a person living that experience (Stone Butch Blues). Jackson's is a book I wish I had years ago when I was still figuring out my own identity.

I love this book because it speaks to me; it speaks to other LGBTQ people; and it speaks to allies -- all
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Jackson Bird is a writer, internet creator, and LGBTQ+ advocate dedicated to demystifying the transgender experience by sharing his and others’ stories online. You can hear some of those stories on his podcast, Transmission, as well as on his YouTube channel, jackisnotabird. A TED Resident and Speaker, Jackson’s TED Talk “How to talk (and listen) to transgender people” has been viewed over a ...more