They say that whoever you are it’s okay, you were born that way. Those words don’t comfort Emily, because she was born Christopher and her insides know that her outsides are all wrong.
They say that it gets better, be who you are and it’ll be fine. For Emily, telling her parents who she really is means a therapist who insists Christopher is normal and Emily is sick.
Telling her girlfriend means lectures about how God doesn’t make that kind of mistake.
Emily desperately wants high school in her small Minnesota town to get better. She wants to be the woman she knows is inside, but it’s not until a substitute therapist and a girl named Natalie come into her life that she believes she has a chance of actually Being Emily.
In this new, expanded version you will find:
Expanded and additional scenes
A new note from the author
A new introduction
Emily & Claire ten years later
The groundbreaking classic updated for our generation!
I found myself shocked by how cruel people can be to trans girls and women. I think every good person ought to read this book, and appreciate how much we may take our gender for granted. I would read more from this author.
As a gay woman, I've always sympathized with the challenges faced by trans women, especially trans lesbians. This particular account of one girl's journey toward womanhood could not have been easy to write, and the trans women friends I've asked find uncanny similarities to their lives in this novel. Fiction of this nature is the core of compassion and empathy, so I highly recommend this read if you feel that kindness and caring are virtues. I can't wait to read Just Girls!