Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A Boy Like Me by Jennie Wood

A Boy Like Me by Jennie Wood

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from author; all opinions are my own


Official Summary: Born a girl, Peyton Honeycutt meets Tara Parks in the eighth grade bathroom shortly after he gets his first period. It is the best and worst day of his life. Determined to impress Tara, Peyton sets out to win her love by mastering the drums and basketball. He takes on Tara's small-minded mother, the bully at school, and the prejudices within his conservative hometown. In the end, Peyton must accept and stand up for who he is or lose the woman he loves.

Review: Peyton is a boy, but he doesn’t realize it. He falls in love with Tara the day he meets her in 8th grade, but even then, he just knows that he likes Tara. As he gets older, he’s adamant that he’s not a lesbian, but he’s more afraid of what people will call him or how they will see him than really giving it much though. In the end, he’s not a lesbian. He’s transgender – a boy born in a girl’s body.

I think Wood did a great job getting into Peyton’s mind. He felt real and it was easy to empathize with his thoughts and feelings. At the same time, he’s a regular kid in a lot of ways and he can easily make mistakes. He doesn’t always treat people the way he should, but at the same time, he’s fiercely loyal. He loves music and finds a connection with Tara because of it, as they both join the jazz band in 8th grade. 

A Boy Like Me takes place over a certain amount of years, which allows Wood to show Peyton grow and become the man he feels inside.  LGBT novels are important and there are not that many that deal with transgender teens, so I congratulate Wood on addressing this topic with such finesse. I would definitely recommend for older teen audiences and up.

12 comments:

Claudia Arroyo said...

Wow. This sounds like a perplexing enigma for sure: Peyton is a boy, he's adamant that he's not a lesbian, in the end, he is a boy born in a girl's body. I have to admit that these themes are quite difficult for me to follow along; though, they are pivotal in our modern-day. :) Great review Lauren!

Melliane said...

I don't think I've ever read about a boy in a girl's body. It's a different and interesting topic, though not an easy one I'm sure.

Tracy Terry said...

Wow, this sounds good and very topical. I'm always impressed when authors that manage to get into the heads of characters in this way.

Kindlemom said...

Oh interesting premises for this one. It sounds like you enjoyed it and I like that it focused on a topic that is really, just starting to be more widely talked about.

Aylee said...

Oh Lauren, this is perfect! I was just thinking the other day that pretty much all the LGBT books I read are just G and not at all representative of the other letters (or any other letter in the sexuality or gender spectrum). You're right, it's harder to come across YA books that feature transgendered characters, and it's especially good that this one features a very realistic protag. Adding this to my tbr now :)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Oh, wonderful! I love that there are books about transgender kids out there! That's so important and so incredibly endearing. I really am thrilled. I must add this to my reading list.

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Aneeqah said...

Wow, this book seems ridiculously complex. I've been loving the We Need Diverse Books campaign, and to see more diverse books is always awesome. <3 It's so cool that this author managed to portray everything so realistically, and make you feel so much for the MC. Plus, it's fantastic that she could handle this topic so well- that can be difficult for such a delicate topic.

Lovely, lovely review! <3

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

Love that it delves into the whole sexual orientation to do with transgender, and how confusing that would be at that age, I mean, I think a whole lot of people don't understand that with transgender it really isn't about sexual orientation at all.

Marianne @ The Book Belles said...

I'd totally love to read this one, seeing as the whole transgender topic is very popular thanks to Caitlin Jenner now. I'd love to see it beautifully explained and well explored. Wonderful review, Lauren!

Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms.

Karen Alderman said...

I'm adding this one to the TBR pile. So many books are m/m - which is great but I would love to read other kinds of LGBT stories too.