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 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.
As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend.
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
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Hell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never read a book so casually transphobic before in my life. And just seeing that cover above honestly disgusts me.
I'll be honest up front too--yes, I dropped this book about half way through. I didn't finish it. But I didn't finish it because this book was so goddamn hateful to trans people that I it was lik ...more
And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother and her daughter fight to stay together when an unpleasant truth threatens to ruin it. I loved how Jessica Verdi had two stories always going. One, the present, and two, the past told in emails from the perspective ...more
An engrossing and dramatic story of a Dara and her mother, Mellie, dealing with the fact that her mother is a trans woman. Very well researched so that Mellie's story never feels exploitative or voyeuristic.
there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel.
Oh, I had such hopes for this book! Dara's life with her single mother, Mellie, is upended when Dara learns that Mellie was born male and transitioned (as well as fled, with infant Dara, from his/her in-laws, having left his family years before). Dara is, understandably, confused and interested in meeting her extended family... so she and BFF/boy-almost-next-door Sam head off to find her maternal grandparents.
So what went wrong? Mellie's story is told via email, which means far too much telling ...more