This Is How It Always Is


I received this as an Advance Reader Copy (releasing January 24th 2017) from a Goodreads giveaway so take all my opinions and observations with a larger grain of salt than usual.

This is a story about a family with five sons. One of the sons becomes a daughter. Yes, this is a story about a young trans child. Apparently the author’s own child is trans so she has some good experience to write from. I have friends who are trans and even though they have shared their stories with me it is difficult for me to fully comprehend their struggles. This novel gives voice to a lot of the complications of growing up trans, having a trans sibling, or raising a trans child. The novel is unflinching and covers so many topics and concerns. It is also well written, entertaining, heartwarming, and just a damn good book.

Beyond that I don’t have much else to say about the book itself. The characters are developed and the plot hits you in the gut with feelings. No matter who you are or what knowledge or relationship you have with the trans community, I think you can get something out of this book. I don’t feel qualified to make judgements about how realistically it portrays being trans or anything of that nature, but I will say that I enjoyed it and I feel like I gained a new level of understanding. I would highly recommend picking this one up.

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