A sorely needed resource for teens and, frankly, many adults Downright revelatory Kuklin captures these teenagers not as idealized exemplars of what it means to be transgender but as full, complex, and imperfect human beings As Kuklin writes, My subjects willingness to brave bullying and condemnation in order to reveal their individual selves makes it impossible to be nothing less than awestruck She isnt wrongPublishers Weekly starred review Kuklin brings her intimate, compassionate and respectful lens to the stories of six transgender young people The collective portrait that emerges from these narratives and pictures is diverse, complex and occasionally self contradictory as any true story should beInformative, revealing, powerful and necessaryKirkus Reviews starred review A strikingly in depth examination of the sometimes clinical complexities of being transgender, even as Kuklins empathy inducing pictures put a human face on the experience Kuklins important new book brings welcome clarity to a subject that has often been obscure and gives facesliterally and metaphoricallyto a segment of the teen population that has too long been invisible Speaking with equal impact to both the readers heart and mind, Beyond Magenta is highly recommendedBooklist starred review Readers will become immersed in these young adults voices and experiences The youth interviewed here do not uniformly share It Gets Better style happy endings, but their strength is nonetheless inspirational as they face ongoing challenges with families, sexual and romantic relationships, bullies, schools, transitions, mental health, andThe level of detail about their lives, and the diversity of their identitiesincluding gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, and geographyprovide a powerful antidote to the isolation and stigma that some transgender youth experience There is much here that will resonate with and hearten the kids who need it and will foster understanding and support among those who live and work with transgender teensSchool Library JournalPain and possibility are juxtaposed in this groundbreaking book that by its very existence portends a better futureSan Francisco ChronicleIt is a testament to Susan Kuklin s gifts as a listener and interviewer that her subjects describe their lives with such candor Kuklin introduces each teen with a bit of background, and often but not always the teen s gender at birth Kuklin treats her subjects with tenderness and respect Her book provides both reassurance and answers to questions that teens may not even realize they haveShelf Awareness ProThe presentation of the spectrum of experiences is remarkably nuanced and sensitive Kuklin also brings her skills as a photographer to the books design, using some pictures documentary style interspersed throughout an individuals interview, others grouped as breathtaking galleries that explore expression or isolationBulletin of the Center for Children s BooksKuklins book is not just a lifeline for teens who are going through something similar and need to see themselves and their lives so openly portrayedthis book is an important read for the parents, friends, and loved ones who want to understand what a transgender teen might be going through This book is worth having on any shelf in any library and will not linger there long A highly informative resource that is powerful, respectful, honest, and most importantly, long overdueVOYAIn her edited transcriptions of the interviews, Kuklin lets her subjects speak wholly for themselves Photographs of most of the subjects are candid and winning and appended material, including Kuklins explanation of her interview process, a QA with the director of a clinic for transgendered teens, and a great resource list, is valuableThe Horn BookThis book examines a sensitive issue and explains the spectrum and diversity within the transgender community as well as defines the distinction between transgenders and individuals identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer This bookis a valuable resource for students desiring information on gender identity and the LGBTQ communityLibrary Media ConnectionRivetingWall Street JournalWhile several books have illuminated the lives of LGBT youth, this is the first book to focus solely on trans subjects, in an attractive collection that s perfect for a coffee table or your favorite pre teen s bookshelfThe Advocate The Year sBest Transgender Non Fiction Books An eye opener Through extensive interviews, Susan Kuklin has captured the thinking and personalities of each subject in this book Her sensitive photographs shows them as interesting people who have struggled to understand themselves and how they each, in their own unique way, differ from the normThe Huffington Post A candid, inspiring book The teens are members of a group, but also distinct individuals, each with a unique, highly personal story It goes without saying that their decision to share these stories is courageous But being brave and taking chances is what transitioning is all aboutThe Chicago TribuneAStonewall Honor BookA groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teensAuthor and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves