Brutally honest examination through the FtM transitioning journey

transmissioncover120746-mediumTrans Mission: My Quest to a Beard by Alex Bertie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a brutally honest and at times painfully introspective examination of the process of transitioning FtM from young British YouTuber Alex Bertie.

For Alex, living in the UK, the journey has been a long process from the gradual realisation that he felt different and wrong in his skin and assigned at birth gender, to the struggle to get into the NHS system to start his transition.

But he also acknowledges that its been an easier process than it would be elsewhere in the world and it’s this wider awareness of attended to educate which is prevalent throughout the book.

With insights from his mum as well about what it’s like to be the parent of a transgender child, this book should be on the shelf of every library and school in the UK.

It uses easily understandable language and simple explanations to lay bare the hugely emotional and physical changes Alex has gone through and makes no excuses for the struggles he still deals with.

I’d advise anyone who wishes to be an ally to the trans community to pick it up because, although it focuses on female to male transitioning, it also contains a lot of really sensible advice for anyone interacting with those questioning their gender or sexual identity.

#ARC received from the publishers¬†Hachette Children’s Group/Wren & Rook via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Trans romance is a great start for new author

Coffee and BourbonCoffee and Bourbon by Jasper Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There’s few romances where one of the MCs is a transgender person so it’s always great to come across a new author who features one.

This is a bit of a muddled bag though, there were elements I enjoyed like Alex’s unwavering acceptance of Noah and his trans status, and there were bits I didn’t think worked at all including the odd time jump double telling of the same scene.
There’s also overuse of a couple of phrases which become more obvious because of the back and forth in the time line.

The sex is handled well and there isn’t as much fade to black or off page as I’ve sometimes read in an MM romance with a FtM transgender character. The sex here was both sweet and emotive.

There’s a relatively low level of angst, focussed around a tattoo convention and Alex’s best friend from his old life being a transphobic arse and the resolution happens a bit speedily but overall this is a fast read with a cute epilogue.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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This book is an author on top of his game – brilliantly done

Starting from Scratch (Housemates, #5)Starting from Scratch by Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s no secret that am a huge Jay Northcote fangirl but I think, with this latest in the Housemates series, he’s absolutely on top of his game.

All the Housemates series have a charm to them which comes from exploring life as young adults either at university, or just graduated from it, the excitement of independent living, the freedom of exploration, the tentative emotions that come with the first serious “grown up” romance.

This one though has what I suspect is just more than a little bit of Jay himself as it examines the complexities of being a gay trans man finding their feet in the world.

We see Ben learning not only to deal with his own thoughts, anxieties and feelings, but also with adding in a significant other as his relationship with Sid developed.

 

I loved Ben, I wanted to hug him so badly and tell him how amazing he was to take the steps to being his own true self. But Sid, I fall at the feet of Sid for demonstrating, in his words and actions, how to be the best support for Ben and in taking his time to learn what made his boyfriend comfortable.

I hope people read this, the more diverse books looking at all aspects of the LGBTQ+ world the better. Jay has included a helpful glossary at the beginning of the book with resources on where to find out more information.

But I also hope people read this because it’s a beautiful love story about finding your self confidence and living an authentic life in partnership with someone who helps and encourages you to do so. And that applies to people of any sexual orientation, any colour, any race. Love does not discriminate.

Plus amazing cover from the fabulous Garrett Leigh which matches the beauty inside.

P.S. – Jay, we best be getting Johnny and Ryan next ūüėČ

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an unbiased opinion and honest review.

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Buy Links

To follow once they’re available.

Book page on Jay’s¬†website:¬†https://jaynorthcote.com/my-books/starting-from-scratch-housemates-5/

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34373132-starting-from-scratch

Series Information and Links

The Housemates Series is a collection of standalone stories set around a student house in Britain. This new adult series focuses on themes of self-discovery and sexual awakening.

Helping Hand (Housemates #1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010EAQOKA

Like a Lover (Housemates #2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014O4TCMY

Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H7V027A

Watching and Wanting (Housemates #4) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MT9PQBR