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- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Faie Miss (June 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985148209
- ISBN-13: 978-0985148201
- Source: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
- Stars: 5
- Flames: 2 (some mild implications, but also the general sexual explorations that come with teens)
Born between the sexes, Jamie must leave behind a young girl's dreams to become the man her family expects. Jamie was born with a testis, an ovary, and a pixie face. He could be a boy after minor surgery and a few years on testosterone. At least, that's what his parents always say; but he sees an elfin princess in the mirror. When a medical student tells Jamie that he should have been raised female, he explores and discovers the life he could have as a girl. The elfin princess can thrive, but will she risk losing her family and her education for a boyfriend who may leave her, and a toddler she may never be allowed to adopt?
There are some books that you read, and they stick with you. This is one of those books. I fell in love with Jamie, the little princess locked away by the idiotic choices of her parents.
This book takes on a tough topic and not only brings the character right into the hearts of the readers, but explains the problems that these teens face. For those of us that are not struck by this problem, I suppose it could be difficult to relate. I try not to judge anyone on their personal appearance- I like personalities.
Lianne is a master at weaving this tale. The one thing that might through a reader is the use of God as a grounding source throughout the book. Although it is clearly one of the things that would be a struggle for any teen that is brought up in a religious household.
I highly recommend this book for everyone. We all need to walk on the other side of the fence and be in someone else's shoes- this book allows that.
Lianne's father was a dairy farmer and an engineer, her mother a nurse. She grew up in a home filled with love and good books.
(take from her website):
I’m simply a housewife trying to learn to write, and trying to help the kids I love. They say you write about what you know. I’m a Christian who has some knowledge of intersex conditions and how they affect people.
Over the past decade I’ve answered inquiries on behalf of a support group for the parents of children born between the sexes. However, as the Internet has grown, so have the options available. The Androgen Insensitivity Support Group, for instance, accepts girls with various differences of sexual development. With groups like AISSG flourishing, my time can be put to better use elsewhere.
In addition to working with the parents of intersex children, I had the privilege of making the acquaintance of a number of intersex adults. As a Christian I was disturbed by the lack of understanding on the part of the Church for people born outside the normal boundaries of male and female. The kids aren’t a part of anyone’s ‘agenda.’ Even when they have gender issues related to their condition or the treatment they’ve received.
My book, Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite, is based on a number of people I know and some of the things that happened to them growing up, all rolled up into a fictional account of a teenager’s struggle to find a place in this world. And the next. I hope y’all enjoy reading it.