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Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story by Jacob Tobia
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Audio
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Being different is scary. Being different takes a toll on a person; particularly if it involves being completely transparent about things that might seem a bit taboo to our society. In this memoir, Jacob Tobia captivates us with bold, courageous words, which shares the trials of coming out to the world.
Jacob Tobia provides honest, candid, and emotional journey as a transgender person. The story shows the blossoming of a person who becomes so intuned with themselves that they are free to share the emotional journey of their intimate life. Jacob provides witty words, realistic accounts of the issues that have been faced by those who are transforming into their truest selves, along with the fears associated with trying to be accepted by self and even others around you. Jacob’s story is powerful, honest, and extremely vulnerable.
Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story by Jacob Tobia, showcases gender issues that are still hard to discuss. This piece helps individuals to understand the complexity of embracing diversity and being compassionate to individuals who one might deem as “different” as we might have viewed in the television show Transparent. As the narrator, Jacob Tobia’s story becomes more powerful because one can hear the authenticity as they speak. You will laugh, cry, and even self-reflect as you journey with Jacob in this piece.
Teens who enjoy the Netflix show Queer Eye would enjoy Sissy, as well as Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings, Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin, and Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky.