I Am J

Paperback | November 13, 2012

byCris Beam

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A powerful and inspiring story about a transgender teen's struggle to find his own path -- and love his true self.

J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible -- from his parents, from his friends, from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding -- it's time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.

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A powerful and inspiring story about a transgender teen's struggle to find his own path -- and love his true self. J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wak...

Cris Beam is the author of Transparent, a Stonewall Honor Book and Lambda Literary Award winner. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Columbia, New York University, and The New School. I Am J is her debut novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316053600

ISBN - 13:9780316053600

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistic and Relateable This is quite a realistic depiction of a trans teen dealing with an unsupportive family, trying to navigate dating, trying to live stealth when you're pre-physical transition. I read this book when I was at the same stage in my transition as J and his story really resonated with me. I think whether you're trans or not this is a good book to read in order to better understand what it's like to be a trans teen.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Was J The only reason I every picked this up was because my name starts with a J but I'm glad I did because it really does touch on an issues that is not common. A girl wanting to be a boy, how does one go through such a thing, well this novel really does explain what someone in that situation goes through. Even if it is fiction it is still relatable because the scenario could be real. Great read, recommend to anyone who is confused in their life right now or anyone who wants to understand a person like this.
Date published: 2012-12-21

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"J is an especially vivid character...the story is believable and effective due to insightful situations, realistic language, and convincing dialogue."-School Library Journal