One of my mottos and one of the themes in this book. I had read the jacket summary of this book a while back, but forgot about it and when I began the book it caught me a bit off guard. Just like most young adult books, this covers the array of problems and issues teens tend to struggle with, self- identity in a world that wants you to conform. It takes that a step further, because Lily is really a boy named Tim who identifies as a girl, Lilly. Dunkin is a boy who is really named Norbert. Dunkin dislikes his name that his momma gave him and he also struggles with being himself, whether that’s cool or not.
Lilly’s dad doesn’t accept that his son wants to be a girl, complete with taking hormones and dressing like one, but his sister and mom are more open to it. The story is based on the authors son and how they handled him wanting to be transgender. There are also resources in the back of the book that are transgender terms, organizations and websites for information.
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Gephart, Donna (2016). Lily and Dunkin. New York, NY: Delacorte.