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Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition Paperback – September 29, 2015
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Gr 8 Up—Like most transgender children, Katie, who was born and raised as a boy named Luke, was aware of her difference early on, though it was years before she found the word to describe herself. Other family problems made it easy for her to withdraw into a serious depression without being noticed. When Katie finally came across the word "transgender" and read descriptions of what it meant, she risked everything and reached out to her mother, who was supportive and relieved to understand her child better. She promised to help Katie make the transition to her internally identified gender of female, if Katie promised not to kill herself. The book opens with Katie starting college. Having chosen to be an out and open transgender activist while still in high school, she decided to "go stealth" at college, a term used to describe transgender people who prefer not to be identified as such. The writing style is open and straightforward, although much of the dialogue is awkward and extraneous. The book starts out a bit slowly and picks up significantly in the later half. This is a worthwhile addition, given how few transgender memoirs there are for teens.—Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“The writing style is open and straightforward…this is a worthwhile addition, given how few transgender memoirs there are for teens.” (School Library Journal)
“Hill tackles both painful and joyful experiences with a light touch, and background information about gender and physical transition is woven seamlessly into the narrative…Will both educate cisgender readers and strike sparks of recognition in those questioning their own gender identities.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Once I began reading Katie’s bold, beautiful unflinchingly honest memoir, I couldn’t put it down. I felt as if I could reach out and touch her.” (Susan Kuklin, author and photographer of Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out)
“In this powerfully honest book, Katie Rain Hill explains it all for you. If her story of growing up transgender in Bible Belt Oklahoma doesn’t touch you, you may be made of stone.” (Ellen Wittlinger, award-winning author of Parrotfish, Hard Love and Love & Lies.)
"Part of what makes Katie’s story so extraordinary is that many of her struggles are entirely ordinary...Being so open—and openly imperfect—makes Katie relatable on a human level, not just as a spokesperson." (Publishers Weekly)
"Katie's memoir is an extraordinary educational tool for anyone who wants to understand more about the transgender experience. Her compelling personal journey and relatable modern voice make her story accessible to readers who have never experienced gender dysphoria, and allow her to casually and efficiently define terms such as sex, gender identity, gender expression, romantic attraction, and sexual attraction, as well as the differences between them." (Edge Magazine)
"Katie’s emotions are raw and gripping, and her fight to be accepted is awe inspiring...[T]his is the perfect title to foster acceptance regardless of age, gender, or orientation." (VOYA)