Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen

Category: Book
By (author): Andrews, Arin
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Bullying
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Friendship
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: September 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.70in
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Arin Matthews tells his unique coming-of-age story with humour and heart. From his anxiety about not being "normal," to his eventual acceptance of his true self, Arin's engaging autobiography has universal appeal.

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From The Publisher*Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning first-of-its-kind memoir. Now with a reading group guide and an all-new afterword from the author!

In this revolutionary first-of-its-kind memoir, Arin Andrews details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a boy in a girl's body, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes-both mental and physical-he experienced once his transition began.

Some Assembly Required is a true coming-of-age story about knocking down obstacles and embracing family, friendship, and first love. But more than that, it is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required.Now with a reading group guide and an all-new afterword from the author!

In this revolutionary first-of-its-kind memoir, Arin Andrews details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a boy in a girl's body, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes-both mental and physical-he experienced once his transition began.

Some Assembly Required is a true coming-of-age story about knocking down obstacles and embracing family, friendship, and first love. But more than that, it is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required.
Review Quote*"This is a brave book that handles complicated and sensitive topics honestly and, at times, with humor."
Review Quote*"How do you begin to understand who you are when you don't even know the word for it, and no one else in your community does either? Arin Andrews has found the words now, and they're poignant and startling."
Review Quote*"Arin's gutsy and important coming-of-age memoir is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt alone, marginalized, or ‘other.' Sad, funny, and completely real."
Review Quote*"[A] plainspoken and sometimes humorous memoir…background information about societal gender expectations and physical transition processes fit in easily among typical teenage concerns like love, heartbreak and prom. Friendly and informative."
Review Quote*"[Arin Andrews] writes frankly and bravely about his transition and romantic relationships. This nonfiction account...is enlightening."
Review Quote*"Teens will feel for [Arin], root for him, and learn a lot about the costs and complexities of gender transition."