RETHINKING NORMAL by Katie Rain Hill

RETHINKING NORMAL

A Memoir in Transition
Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a warm, conversational and sometimes-irreverent memoir, a young transgender woman discusses friendship, family and romance, as well as gender, transition and coming out.

Readers may recognize author Katie Rain Hill as one half of a transgender teen couple whose relationship was profiled on television’s Inside Edition. (Arin Andrews, the other half, has written his own memoir, Some Assembly Required.) Here, the author, a college student at the time of the book’s publication, recounts significant moments from her life so far, including being bullied in middle school, coming out to her mom and transitioning as a teenager, and meeting new friends at college. Hill tackles both painful and joyful experiences with a light touch, and background information about gender and physical transition is woven seamlessly into the narrative. Reading Hill’s and Andrews’ memoirs side by side, readers will notice differences in the way the two—now split—describe their relationship. Of particular interest to celebrity-savvy readers is the way both narratives differ from the version of their relationship shown on television, a contrast Katie likens to “a business proposition, like Katniss and Peeta in The Hunger Games.”

Will both educate cisgender readers and strike sparks of recognition in those questioning their own gender identities. (Memoir. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4814-1823-2
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2014




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