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Freakboy

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Freakboy

Brenden is happy with his normal high school life. He is on the wrestling team, has a girlfriend and is keeping up with his classes. Although he doesn't have a plan for college, he isn't too worried about his future. He is taking school one day at a time, enjoying everything along the way. 

"I read so deeply into this book that I felt I understood Brendan's struggles with his gender, and I started to become quite worried when he got so confused."

Slowly, Brendan's reality starts to change. He begins to feel like he would rather be in the body of a girl. He has never felt this way, and his dreams and fantasies are starting to scare him. One day, he'll be happy as a boy, the next he will be wishing he was a girl. 

On the bus one day, Brendan meets Angel, a transgender girl, who begins to hang out with him every week. Brendan looks forward to playing video games with Angel. He begins to consider her one of his close friends. As life starts to become too overwhelming for Brendan, he turns to Angel who helps him discover his true identity. 

Throughout the book, the perspective changes between three characters and their struggles: Brendan and his identity struggle; Vanessa, Brendan's girlfriend, and her struggle with her relationship with Brendan; and Angel and her struggle with her past. 

When I began this book, I was a little apprehensive. The author wrote in free verse poetry, and I often have a hard time following this style of writing. At first, it was a bit difficult to read the book, but as I dove deeper into the story, I forgot about the poetry and was able to enjoy this book. I loved how each character had his/her own font so that the reader can differentiate between perspectives. I read so deeply into this book that I felt I understood Brendan's struggles with his gender, and I started to become quite worried when he got so confused. I had never read a book about a transgender person before, so this was quite eye-opening.

Reviewed by Aliza M. on August 19, 2013

Freakboy
by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

  • Publication Date: October 22, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • ISBN-10: 0374324727
  • ISBN-13: 9780374324728