Read Parrotfish Online Free - "Last week I cut my hair, bought some boys' clothes and shoes, wrapped a large ACE bandage around my chest to flatten my fortunately-not-large breasts, and began looking for a new name."
Angela Katz-McNair has never felt quite right as a girl. Her whole life is leading up to the day she decides to become Grady, a guy. While coming out as transgendered feels right to Grady, he isn't prepared for the reaction he gets from everyone else. His mother is upset, his younger sister is mortified, and his best friend, Eve, won't acknowledge him in public. Why can't people just let Grady be himself?
Grady's life is miserable until he finds friends in some unexpected places -- like the school geek, Sebastian, who explains that there is precedent in the natural world (parrotfish change gender when they need to, and the newly male fish are the alpha males), and Kita, a senior who might just be Grady's first love.
From acclaimed writer Ellen Wittlinger, this is the groundbreaking story of one teen's search for self and his struggle for acceptance.
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June 07, 2012
So a few months ago while I was still living in my last house, which I shared with a formerly-estranged family member, I was rooting through the kitchen cupboard looking for a snack when I came across a packet of Twizzlers.
I'd never tasted Twizzlers before, because duh, I'm British and whenever...
January 13, 2014
GRADY: And yet, things do change, Father. You need only look at me to see the truth of that!
EVE: Yes, this year has seen your Angela become your Grady and exchange her long dresses for his sturdy trousers.
LAURA: And trade her long locks for the haircut of a boy.
According to Ms. Wittlinger, bei...
March 05, 2008
This book is Friendly and Educational. The author was clearly trying to write a book that encourages trans kids, and because of that it was totally unrealistic, with well-informed and sympathetic allies coming out of the woodwork, the school bullies conveniently dispatched and made to look like i...
October 17, 2007
am i allowed to be critical of a book of such monumental importance?
if i am, i have to say that i've read about three hundred books by better writers. but i've never read one about a teenaged ftm who is transitioning with pride and courage.
so, i'm conflicted.
issue driven books. morals. badly wri...
August 11, 2015
I really wish people would stop recommending this book to trans kids, to be perfectly honest. The author very obviously didn't do extensive research, because her portrayal of a ftm teenager is pretty damn inaccurate. She portrays him as binding with ace bandages and no repercussions, a misconcept...
December 26, 2014
Add this to the list of books with trans characters written by well meaning but clueless cis people.
Meet Grady, the recently out trans boy who is dealing with the fallout of friends, family, and strangers coming to terms with his social transition. His mom and sister are knee deep in the "why am...
November 04, 2013
I think this book as far as I know is the first YA book that deals with a female to male transperson as its main character. Another YA book, named Luna by Julie Ann Peters has a male to female transperson as its main character. This book takes place in about a month's time. From the weekend after...
January 27, 2015
Ignoring the constant use of "transgendered," the book was still a disappointment in many ways. Sexuality was presented as binary (gay or hetero), with bisexuality being erased, and gender was binary as well (boy or girl). Gender identity and gender expression were treated as synonymous. It encou...
December 11, 2007
i'm tired of coming out books. sure, it's necessary to explain to folks through fiction what the life of a tranny can be like, but i'd prefer to have tranny people living real lives with other struggles who are totally okay with being tranny. same goes for other kinds of queer. let's have some go...
January 03, 2016
So I'm on the fence about this book. It's great that there is actually a ftm trans book, and it shows some of the struggle people go through, I related to some of the book, which I guess I was looking for. But at the same time it was unrealistic. The family go from disliking the change to not min...