And She Was

And She Was

Dara?s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she?s dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents? Dara confronts her mother, and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under ?father?? That?s Mellie. She tra Dara?s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she?s dreaming of more. Wh...

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Title:And She Was
Author:Jessica Verdi
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1338150537
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:353 pages pages

And She Was Reviews

  • Laura
    Mar 20, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

    An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic. ...

    Wonderful book! Beautifully drawn characters, providing excellent insights into family and friendships. And into the world of animal rights activism. ...

    Oh, I had such hopes for this book! Dara's life with her single mother, Mellie, is upended when Dara learns that Mellie was born male and transitioned (as well as fled, with infant Dara, from his/her in-laws, having left his family years before). Dara is, understandably, confused and i...

  • Aimee
    Jan 25, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

    An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic. ...

    Wonderful book! Beautifully drawn characters, providing excellent insights into family and friendships. And into the world of animal rights activism. ...

    Oh, I had such hopes for this book! Dara's life with her single mother, Mellie, is upended when Dara learns that Mellie was born male and transitioned (as well as fled, with infant Dara, from his/her in-laws, having left his family years before). Dara is, understandably, confused and i...

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  • Barbara
    Mar 10, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

  • William Miles
    Mar 25, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

    An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic. ...

    Wonderful book! Beautifully drawn characters, providing excellent insights into family and friendships. And into the world of animal rights activism. ...

  • Rachel
    May 29, 2017

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

  • Rachel
    Mar 02, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

  • Katie Pierce
    Jan 06, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

  • Theresa
    Dec 15, 2017

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

  • Mckinlay
    Mar 25, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

  • Jessica
    Apr 01, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

    An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic. ...

    Wonderful book! Beautifully drawn characters, providing excellent insights into family and friendships. And into the world of animal rights activism. ...

    Oh, I had such hopes for this book! Dara's life with her single mother, Mellie, is upended when Dara learns that Mellie was born male and transitioned (as well as fled, with infant Dara, from his/her in-laws, having left his family years before). Dara is, understandably, confused and i...

    ...

  • Nichole
    Jan 26, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

  • Jess
    Apr 11, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

    An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic. ...

    Wonderful book! Beautifully drawn characters, providing excellent insights into family and friendships. And into the world of animal rights activism. ...

    Oh, I had such hopes for this book! Dara's life with her single mother, Mellie, is upended when Dara learns that Mellie was born male and transitioned (as well as fled, with infant Dara, from his/her in-laws, having left his family years before). Dara is, understandably, confused and i...

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    ...

  • Andrew
    Aug 28, 2017

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

  • Jessica
    Apr 06, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

    An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic. ...

    Wonderful book! Beautifully drawn characters, providing excellent insights into family and friendships. And into the world of animal rights activism. ...

    Oh, I had such hopes for this book! Dara's life with her single mother, Mellie, is upended when Dara learns that Mellie was born male and transitioned (as well as fled, with infant Dara, from his/her in-laws, having left his family years before). Dara is, understandably, confused and i...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Amy Ewing
    Apr 18, 2017

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

    An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic. ...

    Wonderful book! Beautifully drawn characters, providing excellent insights into family and friendships. And into the world of animal rights activism. ...

    Oh, I had such hopes for this book! Dara's life with her single mother, Mellie, is upended when Dara learns that Mellie was born male and transitioned (as well as fled, with infant Dara, from his/her in-laws, having left his family years before). Dara is, understandably, confused and i...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Dana Mack
    Mar 19, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

  • Racheal
    Apr 10, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

  • Abbey Pasquence
    Apr 10, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

    An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic. ...

  • Avery (Book Deviant)
    Feb 28, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

  • Gerard Villegas
    Aug 29, 2017

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

  • Gee Dee
    Apr 14, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

    An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic. ...

    Wonderful book! Beautifully drawn characters, providing excellent insights into family and friendships. And into the world of animal rights activism. ...

    Oh, I had such hopes for this book! Dara's life with her single mother, Mellie, is upended when Dara learns that Mellie was born male and transitioned (as well as fled, with infant Dara, from his/her in-laws, having left his family years before). Dara is, understandably, confused and i...

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  • Ilana
    Feb 28, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

  • Maggie Stough
    Oct 14, 2017

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

  • Mariaisabella
    Apr 10, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

    An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic. ...

    Wonderful book! Beautifully drawn characters, providing excellent insights into family and friendships. And into the world of animal rights activism. ...

    Oh, I had such hopes for this book! Dara's life with her single mother, Mellie, is upended when Dara learns that Mellie was born male and transitioned (as well as fled, with infant Dara, from his/her in-laws, having left his family years before). Dara is, understandably, confused and i...

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  • saskeah
    Apr 10, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

  • Elana
    Mar 22, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

  • Grace Cl
    Jan 21, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

  • Mel
    Apr 17, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

  • Vanessa
    Mar 31, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...

    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...

    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...

    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...

    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...

    5 out of 5 stars Review To Come ...

    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...

    *I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.* TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering. I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able...

    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...

    An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic. ...

    Wonderful book! Beautifully drawn characters, providing excellent insights into family and friendships. And into the world of animal rights activism. ...

    Oh, I had such hopes for this book! Dara's life with her single mother, Mellie, is upended when Dara learns that Mellie was born male and transitioned (as well as fled, with infant Dara, from his/her in-laws, having left his family years before). Dara is, understandably, confused and i...

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  • Hal Schrieve
    Feb 06, 2018

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover ab...

    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...