Recommendation: Parrot Fish

Bryson recommends…

parrot fish

This is the transgender answer to “Annie on My Mind,” only better. It is remarkably truthful and well researched to boot. The story is a first person narrative from a high school trans boy named Grady. The story picks up shortly after Grady came out to his parents and friends and follows Grady as he navigates school, family, and the holidays while continuing to define himself. Don’t discount it just because it’s YA fiction. It’s worth the read and even a decent, approachable, crash course on trans issues for uncertain grownups.

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Posted by on October 12th, 2009 at 04:00 pm

Category: books, recommendations 4 comments »

4 Responses to “Recommendation: Parrot Fish”

  1. genderkid

    Oooh, I’d like to read this. I like young-adult fiction.


  2. the other julian

    The School Library Journal review published on the book’s Amazon page says, “The narrator’s voice is very feminine for somebody who has internally always felt like a boy…”

    %&#)$* Way to miss the frakking point! WTF is a “feminine voice”? (Obviously speaking of writing tone/style, not the actual physical voice.)



  3. Tristian

    I spoke about this book to a friend of mine, and he said he thought the ending was unrealistic. Not on my to read list anymore.


  4. Avery

    If the ending is unrealistic it’s because it is the family’s most fantastical quirk taken to the extreme and because no self-respecting animal shelter would adopt out a dog to a high school kid on faith. I don’t think it is unrealistic in terms of Grady’s narrative about his coming out and early transition.


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