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Posted July 16, 2012
This is one of those books I couldn't put down once I started reading. I've known who Ryan was for a while but never met him. And then I started reading or hearing about Second Son. Somewhere I read an excerpt from the book and just had to purchase it.
This is such a courageous book for a person to write. I realize what Ryan does for a living, but still; he put everything out there for everyone to see, sharing some of his deepest intermost feeling with the world.
This is a must read book for everyone. I don't care if you're straight, gay, bi, or trans. I think it's important for everyone to know what makes each other tick. Without knowing about each other, we'll never understand what others go through. With a true understanding, it is easier for everyone to empathize and realize people are people.
I'm not sure what make me think so, but I really believe this book has a huge potential to save lives.
Read it and share it with your friends. When they're done with it, get it back and share it again.
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Posted July 10, 2012
A very personal look into one man's journey to be true to himself. It takes a lot of courage to stand up and say this is me, this is who I am, and Ryan accomplishes this with his book. A well written account of his personal struggle to become himself, as each chapter draws the reader closer to Ryan's ultimate emergence as he transitions from female to male. An excellent book on empowerment, understanding and the ability to take control of your own future, destiny and happiness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2012
This book is wonderful. Ryan's humor, insight, and honesty make this book essential reading for anyone who knows a transgender individual or identifies as such. His excellent recall of the details of his life keep the reader enthralled. This book also has the power to enlighten any individual who isn't familiar with transgender issues. Ryan goes beyond his transition process to explain his growth as an individual, which is realistic and fantastic. Ryan's book has the ability to help millions of people become more accepting of themselves and others. This book has already helped me tremendously with my personal exploration of my gender identity and expression. I would recommend this book to anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2012
Ryan’s raw narrative gives a view into a life that is as unique as it is powerfully “normal”. Through honest accounts of life altering and ordinary events, Ryan shows his humanity with a side of gender nonconformity, discomfort, and the process toward acceptance. Those who are looking for a book to expand their understanding of transgender lives will not be disappointed. They may be pleasantly surprised by the accessibility and ability to relate to such a courageous author and activist. I couldn’t put it down, and I predict other readers will have the same experience. Ryan’s vulnerability is transformed into strength in the hands of the reader, and I hope that many have the opportunity to experience this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2012
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