Book review: Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, by Jazz Jennings

Jennings, Jazz. Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen. Crown, 2016. $17.99. 272p. ISBN 9780399554643. Ages 14+. P6Q5

jennings-being-jazzThe subject of a reality show, I Am Jazz, the trans author has written her first memoir at the age of 15. She tells about knowing that she was a girl although her biological history is male and being officially diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder at the age of three. With supportive parents, she was interviewed by Barbara Walters when she was six and became an advocate for the rights of transgender children with Time naming her twice as one of America’s 25 Most Influential Teens. The book is more interested from its subject matter than its writing. Young people in their mid-teens might benefit more from reading Amy Ellis Nutt’s Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family.

Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.

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