by ellen wittlinger
the cover of the book was what had first caught my eye. i generally hate fish, but when there’s colors involved? screw that. i picked it up, read the blurb, and took ‒ no, snatched ‒ it. i know of a tumblr user who’s experiencing the same sort of thing the main character of this book is going through, so i thought i might read the book to find our more about what it’s like to be transgender. i’m not saying that all trans people are the same ‒ i know for sure that no one is the same, trans or not. i’ve just always been curious as to how people deal with their identity. so i started reading.
grady is an amazing character ‒ determined, courageous, patient, and humorous. i loved the way ellen wittlinger portrayed his thoughts, especially in the following quote:
People changed their hair and dieted themselves down to near death. They took steroids to build muscles and got breast implants and nose jobs so they resemble their favorite movie stars. They changed names and majors and jobs and husbands and wives. They changed religions and political parties. They move across the country or the world ‒ even changed nationalities. Why was gender the one sacred thing we weren’t supposed to change? Who made that rule?
i did not, however, enjoy the storyline with kita. there was so much buildup and potential, but it all came crashing down and that was that. i also found it strange how throughout most of the book nearly everyone who surrounded grady was anti-trans, and then all of a sudden everyone changed their minds and admired his bravery instead. the ending, too, was very poor and totally expected.
i did, to some extent, enjoy the book, although i wouldn’t read it again, nor would i recommend it to anyone.