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This book isn’t the perfect transgender narrative, yet it’s pretty close for a middle grade read. Albeit, I’m sure critics will say that Shane’s parents were on the extremely supportive side and that’s extremely rare, I loved looking through the lens of a preteen in transition because it made me think about how I’d support my students in this position.
Shane’s struggles seem real: protecting his identity, beginning to date, divorced parents with different opinions, jerkface bullies.
Yet, he has a support system to carries him through even the most traumatic experiences, which is a lesson for us all...(PS...I ADORE Josh!)
This book is great for any reader 10 and up! I loved it.
The Other Boy is a beautifully written, sensitive story of a pre-teen transgender boy who confronts very difficult challenges. He overcomes them with courage, love and a strong sense of who he is. This is an especially important book in these uncertain times--perfect for helping parents teach their kids about differences of all kinds--not just transgender issues. Middle school is a time in every child's life when they must face choices--not just about what to do, but about who they want to be and how they'll treat other people. If you're looking for a book to help your child (and yourself!) through the maze, this is a wonderful choice. I taught Middle School for 25 years and I believe any reader in grades 5-8 will find this story interesting and inspirational.
The whole book is well-written, and I think it's very realistic. I liked the characters, and I swear I've heard bits of the dialogue in real life! Helpful information is in the back of the book. The illustrations are cute, too. I want another book with Shane! He's great!
I really enjoyed this book, and like several other reviewers started reading it and was compelled to finish it that same day (even when I had plenty of other things I needed to do!). This isn't just a transgender story - it's a human story about that most universal theme - learning to accept who you are and put in perspective what other people think you are. The author does a fantastic job capturing the voice and experience of its hero, Shane, who has to deal with something that makes the problems most of us face seem very manageable by comparison. It's a great well-paced story that makes you think, feel, and leaves a lasting impression.
A quick and easy read. This was such an enjoyable book about being who you are, and the beauty and strength of the human spirit. I think it does a nice job of explaining the journey of the main character to being who they are, their struggles, and their triumphs. It displays the various reactions to family and the public to being transgender. At the same time, the character is relatable to all middle schoolers who may fear having the thing that makes them different noticed and ridiculed at an age where many prefer to conform. I read this book quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommended it to my own children and school library.
I bought and read this book in one day. The emotions were so real I could feel them. I could imagine the roller coaster he was on. Both the good and the bad were so realistic . This should be required reading for all middle school kids. It left support h a great feeling g of hope that no matter what, Shane would live his life and be ok. I loved it.
I got this book and read it the same day. A quick read that takes you on a roller-coaster of emotions without being too labored. And yet, it leaves you with a better understanding of people going through transition. You identify with all the characters - the dad, the mom and the friends. As a parent, it is difficult to imagine what you would do if you were in the same situation. For me personally, the settings of San Francisco and LA seemed familiar and true to my experience of raising a child in San Francisco. Finally the narrative from the child's point of view was well done and pitch-perfect to me. A must-read book if you have a compassionate heart and want to understand children transitioning.
I read this for a class in college. That being said I am not in the age range this book was for. That also being said doesn't make this book any less fantastic. It is a bit predictable,but I attribute that to me being older. This book does a wonderful job of depicting the struggles of trans kids. I would recommend this book to anyone it was quick and wonderful. Ps I could not out it down.