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Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
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Dec 27, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: festival-of-the-gays, young-adult

At the start of Parrotfish, teenage Angela has just announced to her family and the world that she would like to be addressed as he, and his new name is Grady. As the narrator, Grady is totally believable as a teenage boy that just happens to be stuck in the wrong body. He can't see why others have such a problem with it, while at the same time encounters acceptance in surprising places. His old best friend (a girl) has a hard time with the whole thing, but he finds a new pal in the geeky Sebastian who thinks the whole transgender things is not only a non-issue, but is really cool. This is a very enjoyable and accessible teen book tackling a topic that many still struggle to understand. The narrator, in his everyday guy-ness, makes Grady an easy-to-relate-to character, which is great for a book with such a tricky topic. Recommended!
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