A review by jamieleepilk
Detransition, Baby, by Torrey Peters

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


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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