The last time Jess saw her father, she was a boy. Now she’s a high school graduate, soon to be on her way to art school. But first she has some unfinished business with her dad. So she’s driving halfway across the country to his wedding. He happens to be marrying her mom’s ex-best friend. It’s not like Jess wasn’t invited; she was. She just never told anyone she was coming. Surprise!
Luckily, Jess isn’t making this trip alone. Her best friend, Christophe—nicknamed Chunk—is joining her.
Along the way, Jess and Chunk learn a few things about themselves—and each other—which call their feelings about their relationship into question.
Jess, a transgender teen who recently graduated from high school, embarks on a cross-country road trip to crash her father's wedding, joined by her best friend, Chunk. Tensions soon escalate: the two "compatible nerds" begin fighting the first night, Jess worries that her Adam's apple will betray her, and her father refuses to stop thinking of her as a boy going through a phase. The plot centers on Jess's journey to self-acceptance, using her art portfolio to manifest crucial past memories alongside her present-day narration. Is Jess as self-centered as Chunk accuses her of being? Perhaps, but Clark (Freakboy) purposefully thrusts her into the spotlight as she explores publicly transitioning, a terrifying, uncomfortable, and euphoric part of Jess's quest to discover her identity. "Is it so wrong to want to appear to the world the way I see myself?" she asks. Despite an arguably happy ending, Clark resists pat answers as Jess reconciles her relationships with those who knew her as Jeremy, discovers surprising feelings of jealousy, and faces the very real danger of being different in a society that embraces norms. Ages 12 up.