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This book has been heavily criticised by transgender community for its allegedly insensitive title and there are numerous one star reviews on GR from people who admit to have never even read the book Well, I read it and despite the book being aimed at a younger audience, this is a wonderful and enlightening read with an important timely topic made accessible to a wide range of readers The book includes an Afterword from John Boyne explaining why he decided to write a book with a transgender ch This book has been heavily criticised by transgender community for its allegedly insensitive title and there are numerous one star reviews on GR from people who admit to have never even read the book Well, I read it and despite the book being aimed at a younger audience, this is a wonderful and enlightening read with an important timely topic made accessible to a wide range of readers The book includes an Afterword from John Boyne explaining why he decided to write a book with a transgender characterThe worst piece of advice anyone can give a writer is to write about what they know Who wants to do something so limiting One of the reasons I write is because I want to explore the lives of other people I find it both interesting and challenging to write about what I don t know and to use my writing to learn about a subject, to understand it and to represent it as authentically as possible in order to help others make sense of it too I cannot agreeThere aren t enough books on this topic and I believe that books like this are educational if nothing else.So please go read the book and give it the rating it deserves I m cis My son is trans This review contains spoilers I guess, though its nothing you won t see coming a mile off.Not only is the title a trash fire, it s also the line used in the emotional climax of the novel, the moment in which the brother, on behalf of his family, publicly accepts his sister s identity in front of the media the mother is running for PM, it s at a press conference So yeah, at no point does the book outgrow its title There s no self awareness or meta layers here.There s I m cis My son is trans This review contains spoilers I guess, though its nothing you won t see coming a mile off.Not only is the title a trash fire, it s also the line used in the emotional climax of the novel, the moment in which the brother, on behalf of his family, publicly accepts his sister s identity in front of the media the mother is running for PM, it s at a press conference So yeah, at no point does the book outgrow its title There s no self awareness or meta layers here.There s a scene with a psychologist in the middle of the book, in which the psych stands in for the voice of reason I thought it was very telling that Boyne has the psychologist do the heavy lifting here John Boyne stop misrepresenting marginalized children through the perspectives of children he himself can relate to challenge Everything about the outside of this book is a huge red flag for trans readers The title and the blurb scream that this is yet another story that uses our lives and struggles as the backdrop to talk about how hard it is for the cis people in our lives to deal with us I am sick and tired of stories about disabled people that are centered around the ableds around them, stories about POC that are centered around the white people around them, and stories about trans people that are centered arou Everything about the outside of this book is a huge red flag for trans readers The title and the blurb scream that this is yet another story that uses our lives and struggles as the backdrop to talk about how hard it is for the cis people in our lives to deal with us I am sick and tired of stories about disabled people that are centered around the ableds around them, stories about POC that are centered around the white people around them, and stories about trans people that are centered around the cis people around them Stop doing this It s been done a million times, we don t need your hot take, too Let marginalised people write their own damn stories and stop using us as grist for your mill I didn t actually read this book, but as the spouse of a trans person I can say that the title is both ignorant and hurtful Jessica is the main character s sister. Trans readers and writers shouldn t have to do the work for you this title and synopsis are obviously violently transphobic in their misgendering and deadnaming of Jessica and their centering of cis characters feelings but since trans people are telling you how painful and harmful this book is, please listen to them. |DOWNLOAD E-PUB ♕ My Brother's Name is Jessica ♜ Sam Waver s life has always been pretty quiet A bit of a loner, he struggles to make friends, and his busy parents often make him feel invisibleLuckily for Sam, his older brother, Jason, has always been there for him Sam idolises Jason, who seems to have life sorted he s kind, popular, amazing at football, and girls are falling over themselves to date himBut then one evening Jason calls his family together to tell them that he s been struggling with a secret for a long time A secret which quickly threatens to tear them all apart His parents don t want to know and Sam simply doesn t understandBecause what do you do when your brother says he s not your brother at all That he s actually your sister الأخلاق والسير he struggles to make friends Hate Me Today and his busy parents often make him feel invisibleLuckily for Sam Hostage to Pleasure his older brother A Sister to Scheherazade Jason Seven Psychics has always been there for him Sam idolises Jason Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling who seems to have life sorted he s kind The Night My Bum Dropped: A Gleefully Exaggerated Memoir popular Freed from Witchcraft amazing at football This Side of Paradise and girls are falling over themselves to date himBut then one evening Jason calls his family together to tell them that he s been struggling with a secret for a long time A secret which quickly threatens to tear them all apart His parents don t want to know and Sam simply doesn t understandBecause what do you do when your brother says he s not your brother at all That he s actually your sister so writers still aren t over the whole misgendering clickbait titles yet in the year of our lord 2019 i seeanyways if you want a YA book about trans people that is written by an actual trans woman so she acc knows what she s talking about, i highly recommend If I Was Your Girl, an utterly superlative book that made me cry mostly in a good way approx 9 squillion times and helps cis people understand the trans experience without all this deadnaming, misgendering garbage fireseriously, tho go r so writers still aren t over the whole misgendering clickbait titles yet in the year of our lord 2019 i seeanyways if you want a YA book about trans people that is written by an actual trans woman so she acc knows what she s talking about, i highly recommend If I Was Your Girl, an utterly superlative book that made me cry mostly in a good way approx 9 squillion times and helps cis people understand the trans experience without all this deadnaming, misgendering garbage fireseriously, tho go read If I Was Your Girl Today this book comes out I put a blast on Instagram and the blog, but I want to put it out here as well to people I m friends with and follow.If I see you reading reviewing this book on my dashboard, you will be unfollowed Perhaps you think that you re just wanting to join in on the book and decide for yourself what you think Good for you I still do not want to see people reading, and perhaps defending, a book that has every single trans reviewer saying that it s blatantly transphobic 3 Today this book comes out I put a blast on Instagram and the blog, but I want to put it out here as well to people I m friends with and follow.If I see you reading reviewing this book on my dashboard, you will be unfollowed Perhaps you think that you re just wanting to join in on the book and decide for yourself what you think Good for you I still do not want to see people reading, and perhaps defending, a book that has every single trans reviewer saying that it s blatantly transphobic 3 31 19 review I have not read this.Wanted to get that out there first, you know Second, I m transgender.And I hate that title It sounds so ignorant Based on reviews, perhaps that s the point of it, but I hate it Seriously It comes across as so transphobic and ignorant It sounds like it should have been published in the early 2000s when it was a teensy bitacceptable Doesn t excuse it, but it was okay As an ownvoices person, that title alone means I probably won t read this book Breaks my heart because I enjoy this author, but, seriously, it just sounds so fucking bad I m tired of books that other the trans community.It s even worse since I found out about this book on International Transgender Day of Visibility This is shit that makes us other and novel We re weird and special and, even if we present as a gender identity other than what we were born as, we are still, inherently, the gender that we don t identify as any.Wow Writing this review has made me switch my own shelf from maybe to never I can t bring myself to read a book that sounds harmful to the community These are my own thoughts, too Just reading that title was triggering to me Yikes