Thrilled to announce that my friend, collaborator, and client (I’m going for an EGOT of friendship levels, clearly) Jennie Wood’s debut Young Adult novel has been nominated as a finalist for Foreword Reviews‘ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award. Foreword Reviews says of A BOY LIKE ME, “This story of a trans boy falling in love with a girl in high school is delightful and heartwarming in all the right places.”
Born a girl, Peyton Honeycutt meets Tara Parks in the eighth grade bathroom shortly after he gets his first period. It is the best and worst day of his life. Determined to impress Tara, Peyton sets out to win her love by mastering the drums and basketball. He takes on Tara’s small-minded mother, the bully at school, and the prejudices within his conservative hometown. In the end, Peyton must accept and stand up for who he is or lose the woman he loves.
“A classic love story! Wood gets all the details of a trans individual coming-of-age into this novel. From the feelings about clothes, to the relationships with parents to the negotiations of life at school, this story rings true. Wood takes care with her setting and makes life, as painful and joyful as it can be, realistic. This novel is a great examination of what it means to come to terms with who you are and what it means to be true to yourself.” – Alex Myers, author of Revolutionary