-MINNIE BRUCE PRATT, Author and Professor of Gender Studies and Writing at Syracuse University.
"Elliott's writing helps people with similar experiences feel less alone. He honestly shares his struggles and his insights, and this sharing helps us all feel our common humanity beyond our gender identities or orientation."
-DANA SPIOTTA, Author of "Stone Arabia" a National Book Critics Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book of 2011
"DeLine has already made a major contribution to queer literature. Like so many of the classic gay and lesbian novels from the earlier part of the 20th century, these works are sure, years from now, to enjoy wider readership and recognition as pioneering examples of transgender writing. Moreover, DeLine's well-crafted storytelling and skill at cultivating voice prove that, far from being a niche genre, transgender narratives by transgender authors are a welcome and still underrepresented presence in contemporary fiction today."
-JAMESON FITZPATRICK, KIRKUS REVIEWS
"...[Refuse is] a witty and provocative debut novel chronicling a young, intelligent, and deeply insecure protagonist, Dean, through his ambivalent attempts at securing love and connection within and without the transgender community."
-TT Jaxx, Lambda Literary Review
"Refuse is a stunning debut "novoir" about an over-observant young outsider with really great hair who is outside everything - including the transgender community - but keeps a great deal bottled up inside. Funny, cynical, tough, vulnerable, honest, deluded, sagacious, self-loving and self-loathing, Refuse is irresistible."
-Mark Simpson, author of Saint Morrissey
"I ended feeling like I had taken a ride on multiple emotions that stirred memories of my youth, outsider feelings, non-confirmist viewpoints particularly about the gay community, teenage and young adult views of being, and finally, the constant reminder of why I LOVE the Smiths. Dean is a person that is relatable in many ways and I felt connected along his journey to reach a place of his own while staying true to his beliefs. Valorous!"
-Donnie Jochum, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the Bureau of General Services, Queer Division (BGSQD) in NYC
"In order to understand why Refuse by Elliott DeLine is such a refreshing read, a few things have to happen first. You need to read all the other books that have transgender protagonists, then read some interviews with transgender people talking about their experience...add a few gender theory books, laugh at the SCUM Manifesto, lurk on tumblr for a bit and insert yourself into any discussion on the gender binary, and maybe even go to a few support groups. Then after you have become so saturated with overzealous queerness and an almost evangelical devotion to the idea of gender itself, along with a few shame and guilt cycles, Refuse will feel as if it's pulling you out of the vortex of your own creation and telling you to just calm down... The transgender narrative form is still very new. Right now, there is not a lot of variation on the themes involved, but Refuse is a step in the right direction."
-Evelyn Deshane, Absynth, Trent University's Alternative Press