Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen

by Arin Andrews

Paperback, 2015





Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2015), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages


"Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning teen memoir"--

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LibraryThing member Sullywriter
This memoir is being published simultaneously with Katie Hill's Rethinking Normal. Although Katie broke up with Arin while they were still in the media spotlight, they become a media sensation dubbed “America’s First Teen Trans Couple!” Arin suffers suicidal impulses at one time, but his story is less darker than Katie's. He experiences less self-loathing than Katie, or at least doesn't share it. He experiences plenty of prejudice but not as much bullying, and Arin expresses more of a sense of humor about his situation. His initially reluctant mother becomes his unconditional supporter. An open, honest, poignant, and frequently funny memoir. Readers having their own experiences with gender identity or sexual orientation will find comfort and inspiration in Arin's story. Readers wanting a better understand of what it means to be transgendered will find this memoir enlightening.… (more)
LibraryThing member Susan.Macura
This is the story of Erin, born Emerald, and the struggles he went through as he came out to his family and friends that she was really a boy. Erin also discusses his side of the relationship he had with Katie Rain Hill and why it ended. It was interesting to read both Katie and Erin’s stories back-to-back to compare their trials, triumphs and personal histories regarding each other. Arin also has an interesting story to tell.… (more)
LibraryThing member howifeelaboutbooks
Well-written memoir about a trans boy’s childhood and start of transition. It was very introspective, eye-opening, and inspiring. I would love to read more from Andrews later in life.
LibraryThing member elenaj
This is a very teenager-y memoir, which is entirely appropriate, since it's written by a teenager about his life, but it took me a bit to get used to the quirks of his style and voice. Arin shows really amazing candor about the potentially embarrassing foibles and inconsistencies of teenaged romantic life, and an impressive amount of self-reflection and thoughtfulness. I hope this book will be a resource for trans and cis teenagers and for the adults who can and should support them.… (more)


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Physical description

272 p.; 5.5 inches


1481416766 / 9781481416764


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