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Being Emily

Title

Being Emily

Authors

Rachel Gold

Publisher

Bella Books

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9781594932830

Pages

210 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Transgender; Gender noncomformity; boy to girl; transgender teenager; boys who dress like girls

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

boy to girl transgender

Awards

Moonbeam Children's Book Award, 2013, Gold, Young Adult Fiction (Mature Issues)

Keywords

sexual orientation; teenagers; friends; relationships; school; swim team; hormones

Diversity Impact

direct

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