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Authors

Elliott DeLine

Publisher

CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Pages

198 pages

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9781463650926

Genre

realism

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Transgender; transgender adult; girl to boy

Annotation

Dean, a 22-year old female-to-male-transsexual, is no LGBT poster boy. Unemployed, depressed, mid-transition, friendless, and still living in the upstairs bedroom of his parents’ house in a conservative suburb, he can think of little to do but write his memoir. In the third person, he tells the tale of his would-be love affair with his college roommate, Colin, another trans man with a girlfriend and a successful indie rock band. The plot is interrupted intermittently by Dean’s first person commentary, often criticizing middle-class conformity—but also the queer counterculture from which he feels equally alienated. He is obsessed with Morrissey of The Smiths and wants nothing in life other than the same level of fame. As his far-fetched dreams become a foreseeable reality, he must decide between honesty and belonging, conformity or isolation, community or self.

Grade Level

9-12; Adult

Family Formation

mother and father

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

male/male

Race/Ethnicities

White

Keywords

transsexual; love; friends; identity; fame; roommates; band

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

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