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I Am J by Cris Beam

I Am J (edition 2011)

by Cris Beam

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

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I Am J by Cris Beam


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It was confusing enough for J to be be half Puerto Rican and half Jewish, that trying to figure out why he was born in the wrong body was something else to add to the mix. Ever since he was 3 years old, J wanted to do things boys did. As he got older and began to hit puberty, he hated his body even more wearing layers of clothing and cutting his hair to hide his femaleness. He is not Jenifer. He is J.

Read more at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/ ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Since I hardly ever read the book jacket before reading a book, this one was a bit of a surprise. It was interesting to see that side of how transgenders feel. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
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 |
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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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