A review by dramaqueentears
Detransition, Baby, by Torrey Peters

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


Okay, this is probably the best book I’ve read so far this year. It is slower paced but I was hooked from page 1. 

Reese and Amy, two trans women, dated for five years. Their relationship fell apart when Amy detransitioned to being Ames. Three years later, Ames unexpectedly impregnates his new girlfriend and boss, Katrina. Katrina is ambivalent about having the baby so Ames suggests raising it with Reese.

The three main characters are interesting. Reese desperately wants to be a mom and finds herself in toxic relationships with cis men. Ames is ambivalent to fatherhood and still examines how he really feels about having detransitioned. Katrina is a yuppie that has no problem weaponizing her identity to evade accountability. Together, their relationship is wild. Just when you think you understand the dynamic and sequence of events, the author reveals something that makes you question that thought. 

Some reviewers said they didn’t like the extra fluff that went around the plot but I really did. This book was also really funny at times! The car chase in the Uber seriously had me rolling last night. I can’t recommend this book enough.

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