Daras lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, shes dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents? Dara confronts her mother, and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under father? Thats Mellie. She transitioned when Dara was a baby, shortly after Daras birth mother died.But Dara still has more questions than answers. Reeling, she sets off on a road trip with her best guy friend, Sam. She's determined to find the extended family shes never met. What she discoversand what her mother reveals, piece by piece over emailswill challenge and change Dara more than she can imagine. From rising star Jessica Verdi, this is a gorgeous, timely, and essential novel about the importance of being our true selves....
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And She Was Reviews
I really liked this book and reading Mellie's side of the story (I liked main character, Dara, too - but it took a while to totally warm up to her - she makes so many bad choices). There were a few things that bothered me in the first few chapters and that was that Dara was able to get her Driver's License by her mother signing a document and I don't buy that unless the DMV workers were really lax (I had my birth certificate and my dad, but they wouldn't accept it because the seal wasn't raised ...more
teen fiction (LGBTQ+ interest: teen who finds out her mom is transgender and was technically her biological dad)
Dara is majorly geeky about tennis, so first off I don't have a lot in common with her. When she finds out that her mom is trans, she's totally angsty and not very supportive at all of this person who's worked hard to raise Dara as best she could. I only read to page 52 (Dara's initial flip-out), and I'm assuming Dara becomes more understanding with time, but it was frustrating trying ...more
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What I Wanted: A book with a mother-daughter relationship that was a bit Gilmore Girls-is but instead of running away from rich parents because of teenage pregnancy, the Lorelai ran away because she came out as transgender and Grandpa and Grandma Gilmore couldn’t handle it. Also, some coffee would’ve helped too.
What I Got: A book where the MC and her mother really have a nonexistent relationship and once the MC found out that her mother was transg ...more
Gah, I could not put And She Was down! The pacing was unbelievable. The plot was beyond compelling. The characters were flawed and beautiful and SO HUMAN. God bless YA; it's going to change the world.
*I received an early DRC of this book for free from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review.*
TW: transphobia, use of dead names and mis-gendering.
I think writing a review for this is waaaay out of my lane. I tried to find trans reviews, but haven't been able to. So if you know of one, please link me!
I will say I really enjoyed Mellie's story.
I thought Dara was incredibly selfish, but she did have a lot of growth.
Sam was an absolute doll, and the highlight of the book, in my ...more
I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, with grace. I found these characters compelling and engaging. A well told story.
If the authors intention was to help non-transgendered peoples understand transgendered people, I think that was accomplished.
I believe she did her very best and with good intention to help bridge the gap, between transgendered persons, and the ignorance of non-transgendered persons.
However, it read very cliche.
Most of the characters are transphobic. However, again, I think the authors intention was to show cis-gender ignorances. I'm not quite sure if that's going to be accomplished for every ...more
My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara’s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mom that slowly reveal Mellie’s story. The pacing is good and the teen perspective (drinking, romance, etc) is realistically portrayed. Some parts of the book felt like they were educating the reader, but Dara had to e ...more