They say that whoever you are it's okay, you were born that way. Those words don't comfort Emily, because she was born Christopher and her insides know that her outsides are all wrong. They say that it gets better, be who are you and it'll be fine. For Emily, telling her parents who she really is means a therapist who insists Christopher is normal and Emily is sick. Telling her girlfriend means lectures about how God doesn't make that kind of mistake. Emily desperately wants high school in her small Minnesota town to get better. She wants to be the woman she knows is inside, but it's not until a substitute therapist and a girl named Natalie come into her life that she believes she has a chance of actually Being Emily. A story for anyone who has ever felt that the inside and outside don't match and no one else will understand
LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Transgender; Gender noncomformity; boy to girl; transgender teenager; boys who dress like girls
mother and father
boy to girl transgender
Moonbeam Children's Book Award, 2013, Gold, Young Adult Fiction (Mature Issues)
sexual orientation; teenagers; friends; relationships; school; swim team; hormones
Gold, Rachel, "Being Emily" (2012). Diverse Families. 834.