My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Everett Maroon writes an honest and witty memoir about his transition from female to male during his time living in Washington, DC. What makes this book stand out from most memoirs dealing with such a charged subject is the humour. The story begins with a hilarious hair dye disaster during a lesbian march. Everett (who identified as a lesbian before his transition) began to realise that the label just didn't fit. What follows is an earnest account of his attempts to figure himself out while dodging selfish exes, falling air conditioning units, and cat claw attacks.
The process of transition can be a little bit like leading a double life, or having a secret identity (if only it came with super powers!), and this book lets you experience that through Everett's eyes while he meets new people who know him as Everett, and struggles to maintain his relationships with those who still knew him as Jenifer. It's a bumpy road, but eventually he makes it through to the other side.
Transgender readers will see bits and pieces of themselves in the narrative. Cisgender people who have trans* loved ones may come away with new insights into what they are already aware of, and those who have not met any transfolk will no longer be truly ignorant. But above all, the book is wildly entertaining and Everett is a likeable character and engaging storyteller.
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