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Detransition, Baby, by Torrey Peters

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alpal_collective's review

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challenging emotional informative medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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stayathomereader's review

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challenging dark emotional funny hopeful informative inspiring reflective sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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abitdicier's review

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challenging emotional funny reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0


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stormwise's review

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challenging emotional informative sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

This book...it broke my heart then gave me hope, made me laugh and then made me sob...so please do not expect this review to be unbiased or logical, or even a proper review to be honest! 

It explores so many facets of trans life! Including but not limited to: the concept of queer temporality; the impact of the lost generation on today's queer community; the tradition of motherhood amongst trans women; how perception of your gender can affect your identity; intersectionality in the queer community; the effect of relationship trauma, heartbreak and sex on our identities; unconventional queer families; and the expectations of the trans community versus the needs of the trans individual. Apologies for the long list but I am so excited to have read a book that explores all of these things! 

I loved the characters, beautifully flawed as they all were. Reese's self-destructive behaviour broke my heart and Ames' struggle with his identity had me crying on multiple occasions. It was such a treat for me to read about such complex trans characters - I really related to them both. Katrina gets less page-time but is no less important, providing a vital counterpoint of intersectionality. 

SpoilerTop moment that made me laugh: there's a high stakes car chase where one party is in an Uber. 
Top moment that made me cry: Ames detransitioning.


I'd definitely recommend this book - it's not an easy read but if you want an unflinchingly honest insight into just a fraction of what goes on in the queer community, this is a good place to start.

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