Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #28

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I Am J by Chris Beam
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 1, 2011)
Goodreads Description:

"Hola, Jeni."

J spun. His stomach clenched hard, as though he'd been hit. It was just the neighbor lady, Mercedes. J couldn't muster a hello back, not now; he didn't care that she'd tell his mom he'd been rude. She should know better. Nobody calls me Jeni anymore.

J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible - from his family, from his friends...from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding - it's time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.

An inspiring story of self-discovery, of choosing to stand up for yourself, and of finding your own path - readers will recognize a part of themselves in J's struggle to love his true self.



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3 comments:

Cynthia said...

I cannot wait to read this one, it sounds original and very very good. Great pick!

TheBookGirl said...

I have not heard about this one before - nice selection. Hope you enjoy it when it come out :)

YA Book Queen said...

This one definitely sounds unique - Nice choice! :)