I Am J

Beam, Cris (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
I Am J

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J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.
Authors: Beam, Cris
Title: I am J
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 326 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary: J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.
ISBN: 0316053619
Statement of Responsibility: by Cris Beam
Subject Headings: Parent and child Juvenile fiction. Friendship Juvenile fiction. Emotional problems of teenagers Juvenile Fiction. Identity (Philosophical concept) Juvenile fiction. Transsexuals Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Parent and child
Emotional problems of teenagers
Identity (Philosophical concept)
LCCN: 2010008640
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J, born Jennifer, has known for a long time that he was born in the wrong gender. After years of hiding his secret from his parents and classmates and hiding his changing body under a chest binder and big clothes, J finally decides to run away from home and live as the male he has always longed t... Read More »

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Aug 18, 2014
  • corey_s rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The book has an in-your-face message, and I like that. It's not every day you find a book about transgender and transsexual youth. I'm glad I found the book.
Its only drawback, in my opinion, is that sometimes, I'm as stuck in J's head as he is. But it's written for everyone, to educate people who have never heard the word "transgender", but also to reach out to people like J and tell them that there is a word for what they are, that there are others like them and there are people to talk to.
(I would recommend this book for anyone about 14 or 15 years or older, since it has some sexual themes. It is written about a 17-year-old.)

Jul 19, 2013
  • JAELINW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This Book was amazing, When I saw it at the library I read the first page and it immediately caught my attention. Once I took it out of the library I could not put it down. Usually it takes me about a month to finish a novel but this book took me 2 weeks. This was one of the best books I have read so far.

Jul 08, 2013
  • vcortes5 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was interested but the ending seriously surprised me. not bad but not what i was expecting. Confused

Mar 11, 2013
  • SupremeConverse rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book. It was great to read. The message is strong and i just couldn't put the book down. I never read or finish books. One of the first ones I got to finish before my book was due

Jan 13, 2013
  • Lotte_ rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

this was a well written book about a transgender teen, not only a read for trans people though......it is a good book for anyone to really understand about all the different people in our society :)

Jan 02, 2013
  • dzomberg rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Powerful, but not a good book. It is very boring, but the message is strong, so I do suggest reading it.

Dec 17, 2012
  • iluvvideo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A young man who calls himself 'J'. In high school but struggling to find out who he is and his place in the world. His parents only make his life more stressful. Pressure to make the right choices and decisions seems to come from everywhere. Friends try to understand and help. Can J trust anyone?

Oh, and J was born Jennifer, a female. The body he inhabits does not reflect the reality of his life. He is a boy. Add to all the other pressures of adolescence that J is transgendered. Female to male. Not gay/lesbian. Not a phase. Is there no one to turn to. He feels so alone.

From a composite of transgendered teens the author has worked with, Cris Beam delivers a truthful, emotionally wrenching and totally believable look into a heretofore mostly unexplored world.

J is bright, resourceful, determined and driven. With only himself to rely upon, he navigates school,family and friends (even a girlfriend) in his quest to become as God truly made him, a male.

I recommend this book to anyone seeking an insight into the lives of transgendered teens (FTM), parents, teachers and counselors, clergy and most importantly teens themselves. Not only trans teens, but all teens. It truly is an eye opener and will trigger many areas for discussion.

Aug 10, 2012
  • harkij rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well written book. Gives insight to the female to male transition of a transgender high schooler.


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Mar 23, 2014
  • jennylau rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

its a great book about one person life, family , friends. plus....ah just read the story its the best. i would read it again someday!!


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Jul 01, 2014
  • JAELINW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I can be who I want to be


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