Angela has always felt uncomfortable in her own body. She came out as a lesbian last year, though she felt the term still didn’t describe her very well. Now, Angela has decided to become Grady, a guy, in order to feel more comfortable. But once the decision is made, everyone at Grady’s school distances themselves, turning Grady’s high school into torture. Grady makes friends with a nerdy kid named Sebastian and develops a crush on the most beautiful girl in school, and uses their friendship to try to feel accepted once again.
I don’t know any transgenders in real life, but I knew someone through the internet with gender dysphoria, so I can somewhat understand this subject. I could make a few connections between Angela/Grady and Connor, so Ellen Wittlinger had obviously done her research. Books that deal with people who have trouble fitting in have always been some of my favorites, and this book deals with that topic greatly.
The parts of this book that didn’t deal with that topic, though, were kind of dumb. I won’t go into too much detail in case of accidental spoilers, but Grady’s family’s Christmas traditions seemed way too kiddish to me. Grady convinces his dad to let him rewrite the script of their yearly production, and in my opinion, reading the production was near torture. I know it was supposed to have a sort of acceptance theme to it, but I truly hated it and I know in real life nobody would react well to watching it.
My other problem with this book was that I didn’t like any of the characters very much. It made the book pretty difficult to read, since I usually find at least one character I either love to death or can very much relate to, even in books I hate.
Overall, half of the book was great, the other half not so much. If you guys have any feedback at all for me, I’d love to hear it!