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Parrotfish Paperback – January 4, 2011
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Granted, it isn't written by a trans man. There are going to be things wrong with it. I expected that. With this said, it does not present a soap opera tragedy, which is refreshing. It presents a trans man character whose family and friends are supportive - an occurrence which is thankfully becoming more common these days. It provides a model of what a trans man who transitions before graduating high school will behave like and will experience.
Is this realistic for all trans people? Not exactly. It is realistic in presenting a trans man as an actual human being, and one who isn't destined to lifelong gloom. It also provides a realistic example of what happens when people are accepting and supportive of someone who is coming out.
With that said, trans women are not in the picture at all. As far as I remember there are no POC, and there are no non-trans queer characters. The author's information about trans people is correct, which is refreshing.
Note: The character uses an ace bandage, which is a bad practice. Realistically the character's supportive parents should have bought their kid a binder, which is much safer. (Ace bandage can curve chest bones inward, especially a problem for bodies that are still growing.). If you get this for a trans kid, please make sure they know not to use ace bandage.
The YA genre took a while to start writing about transgender (and bisexual, for that matter) teenagers, but by the time they did, America had become a place more accepting of GLBT people. Perfect? No, not by a long shot. But in an age where high schools have gay-straight alliances, newspapers write articles about kids coming out of the closet in middle school, TV shows feature teenage and adult GLBT characters, gay celebrity weddings merit the same huge gossip magazine writeups as straight celebrity weddings, another famous person seems to come out of the closet every month or so, and very few Americans can say they don't know anyone who is openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, is it really that difficult to imagine that at least one teenage FTM kid living in Massachusetts could transition without utter rejection from his family or threats of violence?
I disagree that there's anything unrealistically happy about this book. Grady faces his share of problems, including social ostracization, bullies, family conflicts, and falling for another boy's girlfriend. I also don't think, as some reviewers have said, that there's anything particularly feminine-sounding about Grady's inner monologue. While "Luna" by Julie Anne Peters was also a good book, if I were a transgender teenager I would find "Parrotfish" much more uplifting and reassuring - a sign that maybe I could find a happy life within my existing one.Read more ›
My problem with it is that Grady's transgendered natured seemed to... technical. For me, the book on scratched the surface on how it feels to be transgender. It felt secondhand and distant. And for someone who claims not to like labels, Grady sure loves to use them. "Transgendered" and "Gender Dysphoria" were thrown around true to dictionary definitions.
Basically, the core of this story reads like an afterschool special, not a true-to-life drama and that takes away from the overall quality of the story. I'd recommend Luna over this one. And for a great novel that features a boy named Grady, definitely check out Target by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson!
Shortly before Christmas, Angela announces to her family that she's decided to act on the issue of being a boy trapped in the body of a girl. Her name is now Grady. She's cut her hair short and she's wearing boy's clothes. Grady is determined to make the change permanent, and as complete as he possibly can.
He starts by announcing his decisions to his family, which is met with assorted reactions. His dad seems to take the news in stride; after all, Grady was always a tomboy who did "guy stuff" with him anyway. His sister, Laura, is sure that Grady is out to ruin her life, and her high school experience. His younger brother, Charlie, doesn't care all that much, as long as the news doesn't affect his video game playing. And his mother, well, his mother isn't at all sure what to think, how to act, or what to do.
Since Grady is determined, he doesn't just turn into a transgendered person at home. He makes his intentions known at school, too, and you can probably guess what some of the consequences are. Friends are no longer friends; indifferent acquaintances become outright enemies. But there are also bright moments in Grady's new life: he makes a new best friend, Sebastian, who introduces him to the scientific wonder of the parrotfish, an ocean fish who can, and does, change gender. He also finds allies in Russ and Kita, a powerhouse high school super-couple who raise new questions in Grady's mind when he starts falling for Kita himself.
PARROTFISH is a wonderful, emotional novel dealing with the issues of identity and transgenderism.Read more ›
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This was a good story, filled with hope. I just feel like it was very short and that some things were quite disappointing, as they felt cut short too soon.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Simply written with a good message for anyone trying to understand changes in themselves. Somewhat idealistic with a happy ending "for the moment."Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
while this is one of the few books about trans people on a middle school reading level, it did fall flat for me due some of the terms used in the book, such as... Read morePublished 7 months ago by axton
This is overall an excellent read. It's engaging, well written, with actual humor. Characters are well developed and their behavior is true to life even when their actions are... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bee Herder
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon.com. Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule. Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Cosy Dragon (Rose Herbert)
Great book. For a YA book, I see it as a tool that can be used to reach an audience that may experience or react to this exact situation. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Aubrey Hall
I loved this book. I think it's written at just the right level for middle schoolers with just enough, but not too much, medical info. Read morePublished 17 months ago by lisaml58