Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen
by Arin Andrews
I've been a proud member of the LGBT community for more than twenty years. If I'm being honest, I've been an active member of the G community, I've hung out with a few L's, I dated one B, and I know virtually nothing about the T. A combination of events led me to want to know more about the transgender community. Right around the time I was having these thoughts, I stumbled upon Arin Andrews and Katie Rain Hill.
Almost exclusively, I wait for agents to send me submissions. But there was something about Arin and Katie's story that I couldn't resist, so I made the effort to chase it. And I'm so glad I did. I learned so much from these books--about transgenderism, about transitioning, about myself.
“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.” - Ellen Wittlinger, award-winning author of Parrotfish
“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.” - Susan Kuklin, author and photographer of Beyond Magenta
"Teens will feel for [Arin], root for him, and learn a lot about the costs and complexities of gender transition." - VOYA
A 2015 Rainbow List selection
A 2016 TAYSHAS Top Ten selection