I Am J

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Mar 1, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 326 pages
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A powerful and inspiring story about a transgender teen's struggle to find his own path -- and love his true self.

J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible -- from his parents, from his friends, from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding -- it's time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.
 

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User Review  - tierneyc - LibraryThing

I Am J. By Cris Beam. Little, Brown and Company / Hachette Book Group. 2011. 339 pages. $16.99 hbk. 978-0316053617. Grades 8-12. J is struggling to articulate and come to terms with his gender ... Read full review

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User Review  - JWarren42 - LibraryThing

I wanted to like this book more than I ended up doing. The problem is that J is always in crisis. There's no humor in the book at all, save one little incident with Chantelle. Even In crisis, there's ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTERONE
CHAPTERTWO
CHAPTERTHREE
CHAPTERFOUR
CHAPTERFIVE
CHAPTERSIX
CHAPTERSEVEN
CHAPTEREIGHT
CHAPTERELEVEN
CHAPTERTWELVE
CHAPTERTHIRTEEN
AUTHORSNOTE
RESOURCES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
An Interview with Author Cris Beam
Table of Contents

CHAPTERNINE
CHAPTERTEN

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Cris Beam is the author of Transparent, a Stonewall Honor Book and Lambda Literary Award winner. She has an MFA in writing from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Columbia, New York University, and The New School. I Am J is her debut novel. While living in LA, Cris volunteered at Eagles, a high school for gay and transgender kids. During the 2.5 years Cris taught there, she became deeply involved with a complex but marginalized tribe of transgender teens who had nowhere to go but the streets, one of whom became her foster daughter.