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I Am J (edition 2011)

by Cris Beam

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Member:amckie
Title:I Am J
Authors:Cris Beam
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (no date), Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****1/2
Tags:BEA10, 2010, .Fiction, .Young Adult, GLBTQ, Transgender, Transitioning

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I wanted to like this book more than I ended up doing. The problem is that J is always in crisis. There's no humor in the book at all, save one little incident with Chantelle. Even In crisis, there's still humor, I believe, but J is monotone. Still, excellent resource for teachers to open up discussion, and great resources listed at the back of the book. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
A moving story about 'J' who was born female but has always felt male. J's parents do not accept this and encourage her/him to not acknowledge these feelings.

'J' is finally able to find a group of friends as a support system as he begins his treatments that will allow him to finally become who he really is.

A moving story about gender identity and the courage needed, especially as a teen, to live as one wants. ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 29, 2013 |
Engrossing, sensitive, and believable. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
J was born a girl, but knows he's actually a boy. The trouble is in making everyone else understand that--his parents, his best friend, and to a certain extent even himself. As he takes steps to transition to the male body he knows he should have always had, he has to come to terms with his family and friends, as well as himself.

While I can't speak to the realism of the transsexual community, J's angst and fears ring true. This is an excellent portrayal of a sensitive topic. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 30, 2013 |
bullying, coming of age, cutting, emotional problems, family, friendship, ftm, glbt, high school, identity, LGBT, LGBTQ, love, New York City, photography, teen, trans, transgender, transitioning, transsexual, YA, young adult ( )
  kjreed | Jan 19, 2013 |
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2011: Growing up, J (born as Jennifer) always thought of himself as a boy stuck in the body of a girl. In elementary school J shunned his mom’s attempts to stick him in dresses and preferred the rough-and-tumble play of boys on the playground. Now, as a teenager, J’s Puerto Rican mother and Jewish father want him to think about his future and one day start a family, a possibility that makes J feel misunderstood and anxious about what lies ahead. So after an argument with his best friend, J strikes out on his own. He starts classes at a school for transgender and gay teens, but the complications resulting from who he is and who he wants to be prevent J from truly connecting with anyone. Fed up hiding inside layers of oversized t-shirts, J decides to explore testosterone treatments and embarks on a path that will test his patience, maturity, and commitment. Author Cris Beam’s extraordinary understanding of this often overlooked population shows in J--a complex, conflicted character whose emotional journey will resonate beyond the final page. Equally impressive is Beam’s vivid dialog, which illuminates relationships and situations that any teen who has felt isolated will easily relate to. Thoughtfully researched and written, I Am J is ultimately an inspiring novel about deciding to lead the life one is meant to--no matter at what cost. --Jessica Schein

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:53:26 -0400)

J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.

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