Book Review: A Boy Like Me by: Jennie Wood

Publisher: 215 Ink

Publication Date: September 4, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: Born a girl, Peyton Honeycutt meets Tara Parks in the eighth grade bathroom shortly after he gets his first period. It is the best and worst day of his life. Determined to impress Tara, Peyton sets out to win her love by mastering the drums and basketball. He takes on Tara’s small-minded mother, the bully at school, and the prejudices within his conservative hometown. In the end, Peyton must accept and stand up for who he is or lose the woman he loves.

Review: Katherine Honeycutt meets Tara Parks on the worst day of her life – the day of her first period. Tara dubs Katherine ‘Peyton’ and Peyton quickly falls in love with Tara, and is determined to win her love. Peyton has always felt as if the body in which he was born was wrong, itchy like ill-fitting clothing. Yet Peyton knows nothing about what this wrong feelings means or there is something he can do about it. With Tara’s friendship, Peyton feels like he can conquer the world. Thankfully Peyton does have some supportive people in his life, like his Uncle RB. As Peyton grows up, he realizes who he needs to be. A BOY LIKE ME is a beautiful story about growing to accept yourself and your place in the world. I felt for Peyton, a lot, because it’s hard enough being a teenager in the correct body. I can’t even imagine growing up feeling as if you don’t fit into your own skin - literally. The writing style is vivid and creates characters, as well as events, which readers can recognize in their own lives. A BOY LIKE ME is a book which needs to be read by all, cis- and trans-gendered alike.

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