September 11, 2012

Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite by Lianne Simon

Jamie was born with a testis, an ovary, and a pixie face. He can be a boy after minor surgery and a few years on testosterone. That’s what his parents always say, but he sees an elfin princess in the mirror. To become the man his parents expect, Jamie must leave behind a little girl’s dreams.

At sixteen, the four-foot-eleven soprano leaves home school for a boys’ dorm at college. The elfin princess can live in the books Jameson reads and nobody has to find out he isn’t like the other boys.

When a medical student tells Jamie he should have been raised female, he discovers the life he could have as a girl. The elfin princess can thrive, but will she risk losing her family and her education for a boyfriend who may desert her, or a toddler she may never be allowed to adopt?

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My Thoughts/Review:

I found out while reading this book that I'm not as squeamish as I thought I was. Because when the author first contacted me about this book, I wondered if it would be a good idea for me to read it. I wondered if it would freak me out, or if I just wouldn't be able to handle the subject matter.

I was pleasantly surprised, because not only could I deal, I also quite enjoyed it. The subject matter was taboo, but it appealed to me as a reader. I needed to know what happened to Jamie, and I was actually quite happy with the results. This book is really ground-breaking, especially in the YA industry, and I'm proud to be a part of it's delivery. :)

Jamie was a very intriguing character, because honestly, we're dealing with an intersex girl that's been told, and forced to be, a boy her entire life. She never knew that she be either. She just thought that she had to be a boy, because that's what her family chose for her to be.

I found myself systematically loving Jamie's family, then being horrified by their actions. Jamie's mom was either supporting her, or telling her that she needed to change, and I just don't get that kind of behavior.

It's uncalled for, don't you think? Just because God made her an intersex doesn't mean that he hates her. All in all, I found this book to be a heart-breakingly  good novel, written about intersex from a christian view, that was thoroughly thought-provoking.

*Book Provided by Author for review.
Favorite Quote:
A thousand Epic quotes were within this novel, but it won't be released until.......
September 18, 2012


  1. This sounds really different from any other YA book I've ever read, this is deffo on my TBR list :D

    1. It's insanely different, lol. I've never read a YA book quite like it. Or even heard of one like it. :)

      Great! It needs some exposure. :)

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