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A witty, wise, and heart-wrenching novel that will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan.

Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A realistic and contemporary LGBTQ love story that draws inspiration from Beauty and the Beast…A moving story about unconditional love.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Sharply drawn relationships and true-to-life dialogue make Dylan’s interactions with Jamie, his mother, and his friends feel breathtakingly real. Spangler’s captivating portrayals of Dylan and Jamie offer piercing insight into the long, painful battle to shatter stereotypes in order to win dignity, love, and acceptance.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Writing smartly in Dylan’s voice, Spangler artfully represents both main characters: the boy who feels like a freak and the witty, imperfect, wise trans girl he loves. Very lightly borrowing on the classic fairy tale, she allows them to fail and succeed without resorting to paper villains or violent plot points to manipulate compassion. A believable and beautiful human story.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Spangler uses the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” as a framework for the story but develops more complex portraits for a modern spin.”

    Booklist

  • “A smart, sensitive approach to finding your place when all you can do is stand out…Sometimes touching, often funny, always honest and human…a powerful debut and a wonderful read.”

    BookPage

  • A USA Today Pick for “Transgender Themes Enter Teen Fiction”
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week for October 10, 2016
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Best Books out This Week for October 10, 2016
  • A 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year Selection for Young Adult 
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