Book Review: I Am J by: Cris Beam


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date:
March 1, 2011

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J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible - from his family, from his friends...from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding - it's time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.

An inspiring story of self-discovery, of choosing to stand up for yourself, and of finding your own path - readers will recognize a part of themselves in J's struggle to love his true self.

Review: I Am J is the heart-wrenching, poignant, and touching story of J, a transgender teen, who only wants to be accepted as he truly sees himself - as a man. J was born as Jeni, but has always felt like his body was wrong, like he was dealt a bad hand in life. J comes to terms with his gender identity and wants to make the transition from female to male (FTM). However, his family can't accept him as a male and he is always getting picked on at school. How will J ever find the acceptance he's looking for...?

No matter your feelings about transgender people, I think everyone will find something to relate to in J's story. I absolutely felt for J's struggle for identity, acceptance, and community. Not being transgender myself, but having a family member who is, I have a unique insight to J's feelings and thoughts. I hope everyone can learn something wonderful by looking at the world through J's eyes. I commend Ms. Beam for her honest and sometimes brutal portrayal of the difficulties and prejudice transgendered people experience. I highly recommend this book!!


  1. Great review! I just got this in the mail and I can't wait to read it.

  2. I really want to read this one. Thanks for the great review. People can enter to win a pre-order of this book here if you wouldn't mind telling your readers-


  3. Oh I'm so jealous that you got to read this book! I really, really want, need to read I am J. I would probably cry because I hate reading about prejudice of any kind and it's completely baffling to me. And I'm glad there's another book out that talks candidly about what it's like to be transgender.

    Wonderful review :)

  4. Yay! I have this book ready to read for review. Glad to hear that you loved it. I'm going to tackle it tomorrow!


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