Friday, July 10, 2015

A Boy Like Me by Jennie Wood

Born a girl, Peyton Honeycutt meets Tara Parks in the eighth grade bathroom shortly after he gets his first period. It is the best and worst day of his life. Determined to impress Tara, Peyton sets out to win her love by mastering the drums and basketball. He takes on Tara's small-minded mother, the bully at school, and the prejudices within his conservative hometown. In the end, Peyton must accept and stand up for who he is or lose the woman he loves.

A Boy Like Me is being published by 215 Ink. It's official release date is September 4, 2014.


Editorial Reviews


2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist (LGBT Category) 

2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist

"One of the 10 Best Indie YA Novels of 2014" 
- Foreword Reviews 

"A Boy Like Me is a big-hearted novel narrated by an unforgettable character: Peyton, a boy trapped in the body of a girl. As he navigates his complicated coming-of-age, Peyton's powerhouse voice - funny, sad and charming, riding edges of both humor and pathos - renders his experience universal. I cheered Peyton on even as I cringed at some of his understandable missteps; continued rooting for him through the book's sweet surprise of an ending; and carry him with me now as I do anyone, real or imagined, who touches my soul." - Lisa Borders, author of The Fifty-First State and Cloud Cuckoo Land

"Tara and Peyton's story progresses like a classic forbidden-love romance. A reader would be hard-pressed to not care about these characters by the end of the book. The book is ultimately realistic without being utterly bleak, smart without going over the heads of a YA audience, and impactful without being moralistic, or extending the meaning of Peyton's individual life too far beyond him to somehow stand in for "all" trans youth." 
- Mitch Kellaway, Lambda Literary

"This story of a trans boy falling in love with a girl in high school is delightful and heartwarming in all the right places. Wood perfectly captures the intensity and immediacy of adolescent ups and downs." - Emerson M. Fuller, Foreword Reviews

"A classic love story! Wood gets all the details of a trans individual coming-of-age into this novel.  From the feelings about clothes, to the relationships with parents to the negotiations of life at school, this story rings true.  Wood takes care with her setting and makes life, as painful and joyful as it can be, realistic.  This novel is a great examination of what it means to come to terms with who you are and what it means to be true to yourself." - Alex Myers, author of Revolutionary

About the Author

Jennie Wood is the creator and writer of Flutter, a graphic novel series. Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait, the first graphic novel in the series, is available on 215 Ink. The Advocate calls Flutter one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013. She is also a contributor to the award-winning, New York Times best-selling comic anthology, FUBAR: Empire of the Rising Dead and FUBAR: American History Z. Born and raised in North Carolina, Jennie currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her girlfriend. She writes non-fiction features for and teaches at Grub Street, Boston's independent writing center. Learn more about Jennie's work at

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: 215 Ink; 1st edition (July 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692238069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692238066
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