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I Am J

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Publisher Comments:

Hola, Jeni.

J spun. His stomach clenched hard, as though he'd been hit. It was just the neighbor lady, Mercedes. J couldn't muster a hello back, not now; he didn't care that she'd tell his mom he'd been rude. She should know better. Nobody calls me Jeni anymore.

J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a real boy and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible - from his family, from his friends...from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding - it's time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.

An inspiring story of self-discovery, of choosing to stand up for yourself, and of finding your own path - readers will recognize a part of themselves in J's struggle to love his true self.

Review:

"J was born Jenifer but has never felt female. Now on the verge of 18, he wants to be 'more than just a hovering brain without a body,' and starts to transition to male. He binds his breasts; attends a school for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth; and starts therapy so he can be approved for testosterone injections. Change isn't easy: afraid of his father's rejection, J runs away temporarily, and is anxious that the girlfriend who 'saw him as a man' will find out that he is 'trans.' Readers will learn a lot about transgender teens as J does online research, attends a support group, and gets advice from friends who have transitioned; adult author Beam (Transparent) also includes a four-page list of resources. It is J's authentic voice that keeps this challenging story from simply being a problem novel. J is sure of his masculinity, yet vulnerable and confused, and his thoughts often come out in a tangled rush. Readers should be absorbed by J's struggle to prove 'My gender's not a lie. I am not a lie.' Ages 15 — up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible — from his parents, from his friends, from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding — it's time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.

Cris Beam delivers a powerful and inspiring story of self-discovery as readers share in J's struggle to find his own path and to love his true self.

About the Author

Cris Beam is the author of Transparent, a Stonewall Honor Book and Lambda Literary Award winner. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Columbia, New York University, and The New School. I Am J is her debut novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316053617
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Social Issues - Homosexuality
Author:
Beam, Cris
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Homosexuality
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Situations / Homosexuality
Publication Date:
20110301
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 10 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.875 in 0.7 lb
Age Level:
15-22

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I Am J
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Product details 352 pages Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - English 9780316053617 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "J was born Jenifer but has never felt female. Now on the verge of 18, he wants to be 'more than just a hovering brain without a body,' and starts to transition to male. He binds his breasts; attends a school for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth; and starts therapy so he can be approved for testosterone injections. Change isn't easy: afraid of his father's rejection, J runs away temporarily, and is anxious that the girlfriend who 'saw him as a man' will find out that he is 'trans.' Readers will learn a lot about transgender teens as J does online research, attends a support group, and gets advice from friends who have transitioned; adult author Beam (Transparent) also includes a four-page list of resources. It is J's authentic voice that keeps this challenging story from simply being a problem novel. J is sure of his masculinity, yet vulnerable and confused, and his thoughts often come out in a tangled rush. Readers should be absorbed by J's struggle to prove 'My gender's not a lie. I am not a lie.' Ages 15 — up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,
J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible — from his parents, from his friends, from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding — it's time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.

Cris Beam delivers a powerful and inspiring story of self-discovery as readers share in J's struggle to find his own path and to love his true self.

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