The provocative bestseller She’s Not There is the winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family. Told in Boylan’s fresh voice, She’s Not There is about a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret. - Goodreads Review
I thought it was time to recommend something that the library carried and that is not about gay males.
As one of those people who love a good depressing read yet often find themselves bemoaning the fact that there aren’t enough happy and carefree LGBT-themed novels and films out there, I should’ve seen it coming that this of all things would catch the eye: a YA book dealing with gay teen suicide.
But! Fret not. While the subject matter is undoubtedly depressing and there are some moments you’ll be tempted to throw the book across the room in a fit of sadness and distress, the way this book is written is both witty and relatable.
Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year’s Day to find himself in the hospital. Make that the psychiatric ward. With the nutjobs. Clearly, this is all a huge mistake. Forget about the bandages on his wrists and the notes on his chart. Forget about his problems with his best friend, Allie, and her boyfriend, Burke. Jeff’s perfectly fine, perfectly normal, not like the other kids in the hospital with him. Now they’ve got problems. But a funny thing happens as his forty-five-day sentence drags on: the crazies start to seem less crazy.
Now, usually I can’t be arsed with first-person narratives, but this is essentially a very depressing version of Adrian Mole. It’s the lightest read that a book dealing with suicide could ever be and I can’t possibly recommend it enough.
Another book that U of M does not have. I know, I know stop being lazy and reblogging your friend’s reviews and do some actual work. I am working on some more stuff to post/queue this afternoon.