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Trans Teen Survival Guide
224p. glossary. illus. websites. Jessica Kingsley. Sept. 2018. pap. $17.95. ISBN 9781785923418.
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Gr 9 Up—In this guide, the authors present readers with a wealth of information on the complexities of navigating the world as a trans person. Through 19 short chapters, the content covers topics such as gender expression, coming out, dysphoria, name changes, being true to oneself, coping with puberty, hormone blockers and cross-hormones, dating as a trans person, and self-care. Personal stories from trans youth and comics by cartoonist Sophie Labelle reinforce the underlying message: there are a vast array of trans experiences. The book has a UK-centric slant, which is reinforced by a "Resources and Cool People" chapter of primarily European recommendations—often the advice and resources feel slightly removed from the realities of U.S. readers. The writing is frequently informal but sometimes comes across as stilted and dry. While the bulk of the material is informative for teens of all ages, some chapters like "Dealing with the Media" go into strategies that may prove useful to young college students as well.
VERDICT A thorough starting point for teens exploring their gender identity, written by authors who are well versed in the subject. Recommended for general purchase.

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