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Detransition, Baby, by Torrey Peters

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katypicken's review

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

4.25

I didn't expect to like this book as it's way outside my comfort zone, but I really did. The author did a great job at getting us inside the characters' heads. Yes, they were mixed up and had messy lives, but aren't/don't we all to some extent? I loved the exploration of what it means to be a woman and to be a mother, and the fact that the book didn't present any easy answers. A really good read.

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jamieleepilk's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional informative reflective 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

4.0

The hype for this book is real! I was scared to read this in a way because of the hype, scared that I wouldn't like it etc BUT I ended up really liking it. 

This book is dark, tense and emotionally driven. Told from the perspective of three very different people. Reese, a transwoman who is loving, stubborn and passionate, Aimes Reese's former partner who while they were together was an out transwoman living as Amy who since destransitioned back to male and Katrina the woman now pregnant with Aimes' child. 
I've never read a story like this, from page one you are hooked into the story and invested in all three of these characters lives. It tackles so many issues in a small space of time which is brilliant. Dealing with the complex nature of sex, gender and sexuality as well as issues and pressures of mother and woman hood! After a lot of passages I had to put it down and take a moment because it's hard going and sometimes feels like a punch to the gut. These characters are so well written. 
The plot in this book isn't massive, the main focus of the story happens over a few weeks and then some chapters are told in flashbacks that are mainly Reese and Aimes' backstories which adds so much depth to them! It's very character driven which suits Torrey's writing style so well. 

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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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stevie's review

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challenging emotional reflective 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

5.0


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psi_fi's review

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dark emotional funny hopeful reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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val_so_'s review

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challenging emotional funny medium-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

4.5


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alylentz's review

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challenging dark emotional funny informative reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

I really enjoyed these characters and felt myself wanting to know what happens to them. There were a couple issues that kept me from tearing through this the way I wanted to. Sometimes the sentences felt really cluttered and became a sort of word salad; I don't know if this is a stylistic, intellectual choice or if it was just overwritten in places. The second is that the pacing felt very stop-start to me and just when I was getting into a groove, the narrative would shift. But overall I found this really interesting and will definitely pick up whatever Torrey Peters publishes next. 

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caseythereader's review

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challenging dark emotional funny reflective medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

Thank you to One World Books for the free advance copy of this book.

✨MINI REVIEW✨ [ @oneworldbooks #partner ]
Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn't hate. But then her girlfriend detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. When Ames's boss and lover, Katrina, reveals that she's pregnant with his baby, Ames wonders if this is the chance he's been waiting for. Could the three of them form some kind of unconventional family? (via Goodreads) 📚
📚 This book is messy, beautiful and thoughtful. It's a deep exploration of the thousands of tiny things that add up to make gender, and what happens when your understanding of those building blocks shifts.
📚 It really showcases how fluid gender and sexuality are and the joy that can bring, but doesn't shy away from exactly how mentally and physically hard it can be to exist publicly as a trans person.
📚 I honestly can't think of one aspect of the idea of womanhood or the margins of queerness this book doesn't touch on - it has so much packed in and yet it remains compellingly readable.
📚 Also, it covers all this heavy, complicated stuff and is still very funny!
📚 I am almost certain DETRANSITION, BABY will be polarizing. On the surface, before reading it, it seems to be endorsing the idea of detransitioning and that transness is a choice - much like the idea of being an ex-gay. Keep in mind that I am a cis person, but I don't think it's doing that at all. The central tension of Ames' story is that he detransitioned but can never not be trans, even if it doesn't show outwardly. Please read it if you're in a place to do so - it's a wonderfully nuanced portrait of the complexity of trans life.
Content warnings: biphobia, body shaming, child abuse, deadnaming, death, domestic abuse, drug use, emotional abuse, grief, hate crime, homophobia, infertility, infidelity, miscarriage , misogyny, physical abuse, self harm, sexism, sexual content, sexual violence, suicidal thoughts, suicide, toxic relationship, transphobia, and violence. 



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