Lambda Literary Award Winner * Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2016 * Children’s Book Council Books Best Book of 2016 * Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Coming-of-Age Novel of 2016 and Best Teen Book of 2016 with Unforgettable Protagonists * Publishers Weekly Fall 2016 Flying Starts * William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist
All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty.
But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth—that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.
Perfect for fans of Meredith Russo, Becky Albertalli, Alex Sanchez, and Jaye Robin Brown!
|File size:||979 KB|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
M-E Girard lives just outside Toronto, Canada, where she splits her time between writing YA fiction about badass teen girls and working nights as a pediatric nurse. A 2013 and 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow, M-E is a proud feminist who is endlessly fascinated by the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding the concept of gender. You can find her online at www.megirard.com and all over social media.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fantastic book for teens and adults, especially anyone who is interested in gender norms or the LGBTQ community. Thank you for writing this!
This is a book that's going to change a lot of people's lives. Not an exaggeration. Pen is a high school student who is trying to figure out who she is. She knows she likes girls. She's got a group of friends where she's considered one of the guys. Her traditionalist Portuguese parents are always on her case about being respectful and acting like a girl. But for Pen, gender is a complicated thing. One night, while acting as a wing man to her best friend, Colby, Pen meets Blake, a girl who loves video games almost as much as Pen, and falls hard for her. The strongest part of this book is Pen's voice. Sometimes when reading a book the narrator breaks voice and says something that's a little out of character. Pen never breaks voice. There are so many important things talked about in the book, like traditional parents, toxic friends and relationships, and being your true self. Pen's story is going to change so many people's lives.