Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out - YA Review by Elise S

Reader: Elise S.
Age: 17
Title: Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
Author: Susan Kuklin
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pub Date: 02/11/14
Galley:  Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book:  I loved that this book was a plain and simple look at life. It didn't have an agenda. There weren't very many frills or bells. It really was a window into somebody else's world. This is the best way to make change. So much about being transgender or gender neutral, or even the process of questioning your identity, is misunderstood. The teens in this book were not there to represent all trans people, but to represent their experiences. With honesty, grace, and humor, they educated the reader about what it means and has meant to them to be not cisgendered.
Memorable or Forgettable: The personal quality of the book is what made it truly memorable to me. This is how real learning and understanding happens, by sharing life stories! That's what made it so exciting to read, the potential in the book to change the world! Honestly, I think this exact kind of book, this book itself, should be in every school library around the world. The pictures were gorgeous too, with the same funny, honest, cool quality as the interviews.
Cover: Awesome cover that totally fit the book. It was interesting, and the very aspect of it being a real person will make it standout anywhere. I want to find the final copy of the book just to look at all the beautiful pictures in full color!
Age Range: 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Six teens from around the country, all who identify as transgender or gender neutral, all who have their unique backgrounds. They share their stories plainly in this compilation.

tags: non fiction / transgender / ya lit

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