Publisher: Faie Miss Press
Publish Date: September 18, 2012
Origins: From Author for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: Jamie was born with one testis, one ovary, and a pixie face. He can be like other boys after minor surgery and a few years on testosterone. At least that's what his parents always say. But he sees an elfin princess in the mirror and male hormones would only turn her into a hairy little monster. To become the man his parents expect, he must put behind him the hopes and dreams of a little girl.
At sixteen, the four-foot-eleven soprano leaves home school for a boys' dorm at college. The elfin princess can live in the books Jameson reads and nobody has to know he isn't like the other boys. But then a medical student tells Jamie that he should have been raised female. Suppressed childhood memories stir and Jamie begins a perilous journey to adulthood. The elfin princess can thrive, but will she risk losing her family and her education for a boyfriend who may leave her, and a toddler she may never be allowed to adopt?
Review: ‘Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite’ is a touching novel by Ms. Simon. It’s obvious to this reader how much time and research has gone into creating a story about a person born intersex and based on choices made by the parents has two distinct selves – Jameson the boy and Jamie the girl. Jameson’s parents want him to be a boy, but he doesn’t feel like he truly is a man and doesn’t want to go through the hormone therapy. We meet Jameson/Jamie when they’re 16 years old and the identity issues are coming to a head.
The main character is compelling in their confused emotions and in the way they had to deal with outside influences either supporting or conflicting what they truly felt. The third person narrative is, at times, a bit hard to follow, but I understand the usage to show the differences between Jameson and Jamie. I felt this was a coming of age story and the story of discovering the true an authentic self. There is quite a bit of emphasis on Christian values and how Jamie’s faith helped her understand her situation. The overall message is a good one for people of all ages, to love and accept yourself as you are and to respectfully remove yourself from people who do not support you wholeheartedly. Ms. Simon has crafted a novel which will touch the hearts of all who read it.