This book needs heavy editing...particularly in the beginning.
The first problem is too much expository writing.
[Dear author, show don't tell. There is nothing interesting about being told a character is "smart, kind and good-natured..." (10) You must illustrate this. At this point in the book, the character had done absolutely nothing smart, kind or good-natured. Thus this reads like a self-assessment and makes the character seem cocky or deluded.
"It was clear that Alec was a hard worker..." (21) Clear to who? How was it clear? Again, show don't tell.
Examples are numerous.]
The second problem is the stereotyping/hints of racism.
["Letitia, the 17 year old black girl"...(7) Why is her race called out? You did not see fit to call out every-- presumably white-- person in the book. Additionally her character is made out to be lazy, deceptive & the main character questions her intelligence level.
"Scott...made a motion ingrained by his Italian heritage..." (4)
It is offensive to make this character's actions seem robot-like rather than consciously chosen. Additionally his character is made out to be lazy, crude & the main character questions his intelligence level.
See the disturbing trend here?
Also, there is one bit of misinformation that bugged me... binding doesn't cause the breast tissue to break down. That is a result of testosterone whether there was binding or not.]
Having said all that, the story was interesting and even touching. Halfway through I was afraid the book was glorifying the hetero-normative lifestyle but I was pleasantly surprised by queer elements [though a coming out would have been justified/appreciated]. I do hope a revised edition is planned.