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A groundbreaking memoir about being a trans teen, in the vein of FUN HOME and FLAMER... and at the same time entirely its own. Lewis has a few things to say to his younger teen self. He knows she hates her body. He knows she's confused about who to snog. He knows she's really a he and will ultimately realize this... but she's going to go through a whole lot of mess (some of A groundbreaking memoir about being a trans teen, in the vein of FUN HOME and FLAMER... and at the same time entirely its own. Lewis has a few things to say to his younger teen self. He knows she hates her body. He knows she's confused about who to snog. He knows she's really a he and will ultimately realize this... but she's going to go through a whole lot of mess (some of it funny, some of it not funny at all) to get to that point. Lewis is trying to tell her this... but she's refusing to listen. In WELCOME TO ST. HELL, author-illustrator Lewis Hancox takes readers on the hilarious, heartbreaking, and healing path he took to make it past trauma, confusion, hurt, and dubious fashion choices in order to become the man he was meant to be. It's a remarkable, groundbreaking graphic memoir from an unmistakably bold new voice in comics.


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A groundbreaking memoir about being a trans teen, in the vein of FUN HOME and FLAMER... and at the same time entirely its own. Lewis has a few things to say to his younger teen self. He knows she hates her body. He knows she's confused about who to snog. He knows she's really a he and will ultimately realize this... but she's going to go through a whole lot of mess (some of A groundbreaking memoir about being a trans teen, in the vein of FUN HOME and FLAMER... and at the same time entirely its own. Lewis has a few things to say to his younger teen self. He knows she hates her body. He knows she's confused about who to snog. He knows she's really a he and will ultimately realize this... but she's going to go through a whole lot of mess (some of it funny, some of it not funny at all) to get to that point. Lewis is trying to tell her this... but she's refusing to listen. In WELCOME TO ST. HELL, author-illustrator Lewis Hancox takes readers on the hilarious, heartbreaking, and healing path he took to make it past trauma, confusion, hurt, and dubious fashion choices in order to become the man he was meant to be. It's a remarkable, groundbreaking graphic memoir from an unmistakably bold new voice in comics.

30 review for Welcome to St. Hell: My Trans Teen Misadventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    I really enjoyed this memoir of growing up trans and closeted in the small English town of St Helens in the early 2000s. The author inserts his adult self in as a character who banters with his teen self, and occasionally interviews his parents on their memories or reactions to his coming out story. I found this a very effective way of weaving together the insight Hancox has now with the actions his younger self took based on much more limited information about gender identity, sexuality, and tr I really enjoyed this memoir of growing up trans and closeted in the small English town of St Helens in the early 2000s. The author inserts his adult self in as a character who banters with his teen self, and occasionally interviews his parents on their memories or reactions to his coming out story. I found this a very effective way of weaving together the insight Hancox has now with the actions his younger self took based on much more limited information about gender identity, sexuality, and transitioning. It's also quite funny! Hancox and his friends were rambunctious, crashing around a town too small to hold them. For the American reader, expect a certain amount of unfamiliar British slang, but most can be picked out from context. This comic is rated 14+ on the back and includes scenes of obsession with weight and exercise, an eating disorder, some underage drinking, and some mild nudity. All of it felt important and integral to the story, and I appreciated Hancox's candor and the ultimately gentle and humorous tone with which he land out these adolescent troubles. If you liked Gender Queer or Kisses for Jet you will probably like this one as well!

  2. 5 out of 5

    CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    This is a sweet, straightforward YA graphic memoir about the author's experiences growing up and coming out as trans in the early / mid 2000s. The UK perspective was new for me and I imagine this book will be very important for young trans people there! The comics style reminds me of Raina Telgemeier, although the content here (drinking, smoking) means it's for an older crowd than her usual audience. I wish it had gone into a bit more depth with certain topics, for example how Lewis's dysphoria This is a sweet, straightforward YA graphic memoir about the author's experiences growing up and coming out as trans in the early / mid 2000s. The UK perspective was new for me and I imagine this book will be very important for young trans people there! The comics style reminds me of Raina Telgemeier, although the content here (drinking, smoking) means it's for an older crowd than her usual audience. I wish it had gone into a bit more depth with certain topics, for example how Lewis's dysphoria intersected with disordered eating. The support shown him by his parents and grandparents is very touching and affirming to witness. Overall the book has a cheery, optimistic tone. Hancox is very generous and empathetic as he details his friends and family's journeys to getting on board with his being trans. A YA I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to teens but not to adults who read YA.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Sandi ❣

    3.5 stars Not really what I was expecting. To me a graphic novel is more picture than words - usually - but is not constant frames of words and pictures like you find in the Sunday comic section of the newspaper. This book is constant frames, page after page. So to me more of a bound comic book. Lewis was born a girl, Lois. This is a book about his transition from female to male. There are some really funny parts, some serious parts and some down right tragic parts. Having already made the transi 3.5 stars Not really what I was expecting. To me a graphic novel is more picture than words - usually - but is not constant frames of words and pictures like you find in the Sunday comic section of the newspaper. This book is constant frames, page after page. So to me more of a bound comic book. Lewis was born a girl, Lois. This is a book about his transition from female to male. There are some really funny parts, some serious parts and some down right tragic parts. Having already made the transition was probably the smartest thing to do before writing this book because Lewis was then in a better place and all the heavy work was behind him. This is the emotional toll taken on a teenager when they know they are in the wrong body and fight to right that wrong.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    This book is going to save lives!!! Incredible GN memoir about transgender identity.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roman

    ARC Welcome to St. Hell is a wonderfully frank and humorous memoir of a trans adult speaking to his younger self. As a trans person, I would give an arm and a leg to speak to my teenage self to set some insecurities aside. To tell myself that it gets harder as you get older but it also gets loads better. To reassure myself that the world won’t end if I make a mistake. Alongside being a memoir, I also see it as a loveletter to the poor, gender confused youths living in a world that doesn’t remember ARC Welcome to St. Hell is a wonderfully frank and humorous memoir of a trans adult speaking to his younger self. As a trans person, I would give an arm and a leg to speak to my teenage self to set some insecurities aside. To tell myself that it gets harder as you get older but it also gets loads better. To reassure myself that the world won’t end if I make a mistake. Alongside being a memoir, I also see it as a loveletter to the poor, gender confused youths living in a world that doesn’t remember or understand how hard being a teenager is. Being transgender does not necessarily make you special, but it does indeed cause a network of complexities not only for your close relationships, but for the relationships of those that accept you and ally with you. Including the “looking back” moments with his support system really is important and should be highlighted. Allies will make mistakes, theyll regress, theyll fuck up a few more times, but its important to also know that they WILL try again and try harder to understand the new you. Lewis was very lucky to have the support he had, and I hope that every teen that reads this graphic novel will hold out hope until they can finally live their true lives.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nev

    This is a really engaging graphic memoir about Lewis growing up, realizing that he’s trans, and coming out to his friends and family. There are definitely some difficult parts of the book dealing with homophobia, transphobia, eating disorders, and dysphoria. But there were also some fun moments that had a lot of early to mid-2000s nostalgia for alternative, pop punk, and emo music and other parts of pop culture. It was interesting to see Lewis’ journey during a time when there was less understan This is a really engaging graphic memoir about Lewis growing up, realizing that he’s trans, and coming out to his friends and family. There are definitely some difficult parts of the book dealing with homophobia, transphobia, eating disorders, and dysphoria. But there were also some fun moments that had a lot of early to mid-2000s nostalgia for alternative, pop punk, and emo music and other parts of pop culture. It was interesting to see Lewis’ journey during a time when there was less understanding of what it meant to be trans in the general public. Because it’s a graphic memoir it’s a pretty quick read. I wish it could’ve gone more in depth with certain topics, but overall I think it’s a worthwhile read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bel

    Welp…. Here’s an amazing graphic novel. The authors own truth beautifully written and drawn. which will give strength and comfort for those going along the same path. I loved the honesty and realness of Lewis’s story. Such a great read, cannot wait to stock it at the shop.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    Witty, insightful and much needed. I follow Lewis on social media and was so excited that he was going to be sharing his story in the form of a graphic novel. Read the voices in my head exactly as they are in his skits haha. If you're looking for a great book that explains some aspects of being a trans male, in an easy to read format and fantastically illustrated by the author himself - then pick this up! (Read diverse books all year not just for Pride people.) Witty, insightful and much needed. I follow Lewis on social media and was so excited that he was going to be sharing his story in the form of a graphic novel. Read the voices in my head exactly as they are in his skits haha. If you're looking for a great book that explains some aspects of being a trans male, in an easy to read format and fantastically illustrated by the author himself - then pick this up! (Read diverse books all year not just for Pride people.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Noah de Campos Neto

    This was so goood omg!! It also gave me a bit more understanding as to what It’s like to be trans

  10. 4 out of 5

    chris

    reading welcome to st hell was like reading a diary i’d forgot i’d written. a real representation of the trans experience in a time of misinformation. starting as a lesbian, being confused, feeling sick at the thought of being someone’s girlfriend and the body image issues it was all so familiar. i can’t wait to be where lewis is now, to be a man without worry or hate for my body. i loved reading this and can’t wait to read it again.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)

    I was sent a copy from the publisher, Scholastic in exchange for an honest review. Al thoughts are my own. I love graphic memoirs and this one did not disappoint! This follows Lewis, a trans man going back to his past self in high school and following him around as he comes to terms with his gender and finds the words for how he has been feeling. I will note that they use she/her and Lewis' deadname throughout the whole book and in the blurb which rubbed me the wrong way. It's important to refe I was sent a copy from the publisher, Scholastic in exchange for an honest review. Al thoughts are my own. I love graphic memoirs and this one did not disappoint! This follows Lewis, a trans man going back to his past self in high school and following him around as he comes to terms with his gender and finds the words for how he has been feeling. I will note that they use she/her and Lewis' deadname throughout the whole book and in the blurb which rubbed me the wrong way. It's important to refer to trans people in the past with their current name and pronouns. Though, because this was showing before Lewis transitioned, I understand why it was used. Overall, this book made me cry and felt really seen as an adult trans person who also didn't have the words til my 20s. This is set in 2003. I do recommend, just look out for the trigger warnings because it is a heavy one! Read this in my Queer Graphic Novel Reading Vlog. Watch here. CW: Transphobia, Deadnaming (Deadname on Page), and Misgendering, Transphobic language/slurs, Illustration of chest, detail about Gender Dysphoria & Chest Dysphoria, Brief mention of menstruation, Internalized transphobia, Dieting, Eating Disorder (Anorexia), Outing

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    This told the story of what life was like for Lewis (a trans guy) as he navigated his teenage years and his identity. I found out about this graphic novel approximately 2 hours ago and decided I needed to read it so I downloaded the kindle app and bought it. I read it in one sitting and I feel more than a little called out. This is all freakishly similar to my life. It’s mental how many reviews and comments I’ve seen saying the exact same thing as well. To think so many people grew up feeling so This told the story of what life was like for Lewis (a trans guy) as he navigated his teenage years and his identity. I found out about this graphic novel approximately 2 hours ago and decided I needed to read it so I downloaded the kindle app and bought it. I read it in one sitting and I feel more than a little called out. This is all freakishly similar to my life. It’s mental how many reviews and comments I’ve seen saying the exact same thing as well. To think so many people grew up feeling so alone, like nobody would ever understand, but we were all going through the exact same thing without knowing each other. I wish this existed when I was like 12. This is gonna help a whole lot of kids out there. I hope it gets the publicity it deserves. It was funny and well drawn and it flowed really well but it was also really informative. I couldn’t rate this graphic novel highly enough. I’d absolutely recommend it to everyone.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    A very hard-hitting graphic memoir about Lewis' struggles with gender dysphoria and anorexia as he grew up in the late 90s/early 2000s not really knowing that there was a name for how he felt. I loved the asides with modern-day Lewis and his parents and grandparents as well as the conversations Lewis had with his younger self. However, the art style was not one I liked and that is a big factor in graphic novels for me, and the constant use of UK slang was also hard to wade through. A good compan A very hard-hitting graphic memoir about Lewis' struggles with gender dysphoria and anorexia as he grew up in the late 90s/early 2000s not really knowing that there was a name for how he felt. I loved the asides with modern-day Lewis and his parents and grandparents as well as the conversations Lewis had with his younger self. However, the art style was not one I liked and that is a big factor in graphic novels for me, and the constant use of UK slang was also hard to wade through. A good companion to Gender Queer, The Times I Knew I Was Gay, How To Be Ace, The Bride Was a Boy, and Fun Home (especially TTIKIWG and HTBA since they all take place in the UK) as part of the "queer graphic memoirs" canon.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    A decent graphic memoir; I'm glad Lewis is able to look back at his teen years and reflect on how his upbringing shaped who he is today. TW for homophobia, transphobia, misgendering, deadnaming, nudity. My thoughts on this book are in this wrap up. A decent graphic memoir; I'm glad Lewis is able to look back at his teen years and reflect on how his upbringing shaped who he is today. TW for homophobia, transphobia, misgendering, deadnaming, nudity. My thoughts on this book are in this wrap up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Liralen

    It's pretty fascinating to see the evolution of queer experience in literature—Hancox is roughly my age, so (though he grew up in a rather different setting than I did) many of the references feel very familiar. But more to the point, his experience was just different than, say, that of someone who grew up in the 60s—not a lot of acceptance or understanding in school, sure, but by the time he got to college he was able to find words for his experience, and to find people who understood. The art h It's pretty fascinating to see the evolution of queer experience in literature—Hancox is roughly my age, so (though he grew up in a rather different setting than I did) many of the references feel very familiar. But more to the point, his experience was just different than, say, that of someone who grew up in the 60s—not a lot of acceptance or understanding in school, sure, but by the time he got to college he was able to find words for his experience, and to find people who understood. The art here isn't really my style, but it's consistent, and I love the little asides with Hancox's parents—we see both how he experienced them when he was a teenager and how they remember it, or wish to remember it. I also love the moments when adult-Hancox is in the same room with teen-Hancox—the adult having the benefit of hindsight, and the teen, well, lashing out in fear. It would be interesting to see a follow-up from Hancox dealing with (mis)adventures in adulthood—when there's finally an alignment between body and spirit.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    Thank you to Scholastic for sending me a copy of 𝗪𝗘𝗟𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗘 𝗧𝗢 𝗦𝗧 𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗟 by Lewis Hancox - a fantastic graphic novel that is due for release on June 2nd 🏳️‍⚧️ - 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗦𝘁 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗶𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝘀𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗯. - Welcome to St Hell is a candid memoir from Lewis Hancox, which depicts his experience of growing up in St Helens and negotiating high school while dealing with gender dysphoria, at a time before transitioning was well understood. At a time, in fact, when Thank you to Scholastic for sending me a copy of 𝗪𝗘𝗟𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗘 𝗧𝗢 𝗦𝗧 𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗟 by Lewis Hancox - a fantastic graphic novel that is due for release on June 2nd 🏳️‍⚧️ - 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗦𝘁 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗶𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝘀𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗯. - Welcome to St Hell is a candid memoir from Lewis Hancox, which depicts his experience of growing up in St Helens and negotiating high school while dealing with gender dysphoria, at a time before transitioning was well understood. At a time, in fact, when Section 28 was in full force, and schools were prohibited from talking to young people about LGBTQIA+ rights or experiences. - 𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝗺𝗲, 𝗮𝘀, 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲, 𝗟𝗼𝗶𝘀? 𝗜 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗜 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱. 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀. 𝗦𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂'𝗱 𝘀𝘂𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻. 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹. 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗜 𝘀𝗮𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗬𝗢𝗨. 𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗱. 𝗜 𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗻'𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲. - Hancox's graphic novel is full of humour, but is also very moving and meaningful. Lewis visits his younger self, and reiterates that life does get better after high school - we forget how intense an experience it is being a teenager and feeling that highschool is the be all and end all, but we can get through and survive our experience despite the bullies and the mean girls, and we can learn to be proud that we're different. And kids really will bully other kids for any reason, so every reader should be able to find empathy for Lewis in this graphic novel, regardless of their gender identity. - 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗮 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘆𝗼𝘂'𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵, 𝗱𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘂𝗽, 𝗼𝗸? 𝗖𝗼𝘇 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁'𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁! 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗳 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗶𝗻'𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁, 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗶𝗻'𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱. - I love how Lewis includes his family in his graphic novel: both in terms of highlighting that they didn't understand what trans meant back when he was a teen, but also with a lot of love and empathy. Not all trans or LGBTQIA+ kids have support from their biological family, but families come in all shapes and sizes, whether biological or chosen. I especially love seeing how open and accepting his grandparents were. They set a real example for young readers that the overused excuse of people being intolerant should not be shrugged off as just a 'generational' thing. - 𝗬𝗲𝗿 𝗗𝗮𝗱 𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳𝗳 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗹𝘆! 𝗔𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗵𝗲'𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗳𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻' 𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗴𝗼𝘄𝗻. - I really enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane with Lewis; revisiting MySpace, MSN, CD Walkmans, quadvods and Tammy Girl (I used to love that shop!). But Hancox's graphic novel is not just about his own story of growing up and becoming who he was always meant to be, it's also a lifeline for younger readers who may feel confused about their own identities, or who are sure of their identities but feel unsure of where to get support. Thank goodness Lewis confided in his art teacher and was able to find the information he needed to recognise that there wasn't anything abnormal about how he felt, and that there were support options available for him. - 𝗦𝗮𝗱𝗹𝘆, 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝗹𝘂𝗰𝗸𝘆 𝗮𝘀 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝘀. 𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺. 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂'𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱. - Packed with great illustrations, humour, empathy, and valuable information, I would definitely recommend Welcome to St Hell to all readers (though it does have some slightly adult content and so is probably not suitable for anyone under 13). I would absolutely read more from Lewis Hancox, and hope to perhaps see more graphic novels from him in the future.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    A light-hearted, enjoyable read that made me laugh (and made me nostalgic for the mid-00's) but it also had a lot of depth and character, and explained things to the reader in a clear way that made the protagonist easy to understand and identify with. Lewis used some really clever narrative devices to illustrate certain points and it was impressive how he managed to keep the timeline constantly moving while still explaining all the important details. He's a really good storyteller and I hope he A light-hearted, enjoyable read that made me laugh (and made me nostalgic for the mid-00's) but it also had a lot of depth and character, and explained things to the reader in a clear way that made the protagonist easy to understand and identify with. Lewis used some really clever narrative devices to illustrate certain points and it was impressive how he managed to keep the timeline constantly moving while still explaining all the important details. He's a really good storyteller and I hope he writes more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    vanessa

    This is a great addition to the growing list of books about queer identity and especially about transitioning. I loved the author/illustrator interjecting himself into his old life - not just about what he was thinking, but also asking his parents and friends what they thought of the situation at the time. There is body dysmorphia, disordered eating, and other triggering conversations, but I loved the gentle humor that came through. The mom was especially lovely too. The only thing that was hard This is a great addition to the growing list of books about queer identity and especially about transitioning. I loved the author/illustrator interjecting himself into his old life - not just about what he was thinking, but also asking his parents and friends what they thought of the situation at the time. There is body dysmorphia, disordered eating, and other triggering conversations, but I loved the gentle humor that came through. The mom was especially lovely too. The only thing that was hard for me was understanding the particular British slang, lol.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Outofmana

    This book was a VERY relatable, comedic but sad, educational graphic novel about a young trans boy growing up uncomfortable in his body, and slowly discovering who he is. As a trans masculine person myself, I found myself heavily relating to MANY themes in this book, and definitely recommend it to everyone but especially other trans people, and those trying to better understand 🥰 I also loved all the UK slang 😂

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a sad, yet funny story of how Lewis transitioned, back in the early 2000s. He didn't have a name for what he felt he was, but he knew he wasn't a girl, and tried everything he could to not be one, but society made it hard. And the high school he went to didn't even accept him no matter how he was. Told by the present Lewis, looking back on his past, he shows how much he struggled, first by developing an eating disorder to make his body less curved, and then exercising to try to achieve the This is a sad, yet funny story of how Lewis transitioned, back in the early 2000s. He didn't have a name for what he felt he was, but he knew he wasn't a girl, and tried everything he could to not be one, but society made it hard. And the high school he went to didn't even accept him no matter how he was. Told by the present Lewis, looking back on his past, he shows how much he struggled, first by developing an eating disorder to make his body less curved, and then exercising to try to achieve the same. As I said, sad and funny, as he makes fun of how he reacted to each new challenge, until he discovered that what he really wanted to do was be transgender, and live his live as the man that he was.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Jordan

    this comic was AMAZING! easy five stars. i really wish these types of comics were around for queer kids when i was younger, but i’m glad they’re being made now. really important and heartwarming to see lewis come into his own as a man. i received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Glazener

    An excellent and informative narrative about the author's teenaged experiences on the road to transitioning. I've read several memoirs of this sort, and this is by far the most satisfying in regards to plot flow and conclusion. Plus the relatively simple art style is pleasing without being overwhelming when body changes/ dysmorphia are discussed. An excellent and informative narrative about the author's teenaged experiences on the road to transitioning. I've read several memoirs of this sort, and this is by far the most satisfying in regards to plot flow and conclusion. Plus the relatively simple art style is pleasing without being overwhelming when body changes/ dysmorphia are discussed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Bartlett

    A great glimpse into the life of a trans man during his formative years. As a cisgender male, this opened my eyes even more to the reality that trans people experience. The care to which Lewis took telling his story, as a way of showing young trans individuals that they are not alone, shines throughout the book. I highly recommend!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Zeman

    What an amazing Graphic Novel, following the transition of a teen to his true self. To be able to also hear from Lewis’ family and friends was very helpful. To learn about the struggles Lewis had as a young girl, fighting to be what he truly was meant to be. I loved the illustrations too and definitely learned a lot that I didn’t know before. Definitely one for the library collections.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    This is a great graphic novel. Fab art style, but more importantly is the message about transgender. When I was a teenager, we didn’t have books/graphic novel that explored transgender etc, I am so pleased that topics like these get discussed in books now-a-days. I can definitely appreciate how important this is, and I learnt a lot reading this book. Highly recommended.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenni-Elizabeth

    Such a funny and lighthearted look into an incredibly tough journey through transitioning. Highly recommend to everyone!

  27. 5 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    A very strong YA graphic novel memoir that can change and save lives. Immediate Maverick nomination.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    4.5 stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Workman

    Graphic novel memoir. A “trans teen adventure” lovingly told. A real story of figuring out identity with humor and reflection.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I am thankful every time an author is brave enough to share their story, especially when the world is telling them not to be themselves. My (trans)son transitioned over a year ago but I still have questions or feel like I don’t know if I’m doing this right. Getting to read stories like this helps me be the parent ally I so desperately hope to be for him. I hope the author puts out another book and continues to share his story. I can’t ever know what it truly feels like to be born a gender that d I am thankful every time an author is brave enough to share their story, especially when the world is telling them not to be themselves. My (trans)son transitioned over a year ago but I still have questions or feel like I don’t know if I’m doing this right. Getting to read stories like this helps me be the parent ally I so desperately hope to be for him. I hope the author puts out another book and continues to share his story. I can’t ever know what it truly feels like to be born a gender that doesn’t match who you truly are. I can sympathize to a certain degree but there are nuances I can only realize through stories like these. Again, thank you a hundred times for sharing your story.

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