The Resource And she was, Jessica Verdi

And she was, Jessica Verdi

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And she was
Title
And she was
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Jessica Verdi
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
When Dara finds her birth certificate, she is puzzled to find two strange names on it, but when her mother, Mellie, reveals that she is transgender and transitioned when Dara's biological mother died soon after Dara's birth, Dara is stunned and angry--and she sets off with her friend Sam, in search of the grandparents she never knew existed (and who may be able to fund her tennis career), and the family secrets she can only guess at
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  • Grades 9-12 When aspiring tennis-pro Dara digs up her birth certificate, she is not prepared to find two strangers’ names listed as her parents. It turns out Mellie, Dara’s mother and the only parent she’s known, is a trans woman. The name listed under “father” is Mellie, and Dara’s birth mother died when she was a baby. Feeling confused and betrayed, Dara and her best friend, Sam, set out to find her wealthy maternal grandparents, who she just found out existed. The narrative bounces between Dara’s search and e-mails from Mellie to Dara, outlining Mellie’s abusive childhood, eventual transition, and the heartbreaking events that led them to living a deeply private life. Dara is confused, hurting, and obsessed with tennis, and although she comes off as self-absorbed through much of the story, she gains a bit of empathy and understanding as her new reality sinks in. Mellie’s e-mails are full of information, regret, and deep love for her daughter, and though it’s a slightly clunky plot device, both women’s flaws and growth ring true. -- McIntyre, Beth (Reviewed 11/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 6, p49)
  • Gr 9 Up—When 18-year-old Dara finds her long-hidden birth certificate and discovers that her mother, Mellie, is a transgender woman, she sets off to find her biological mother's family and unravel some of the secrets surrounding her childhood. As she and her best friend Sam travel south, Mellie sends Dara long, brutally honest emails detailing her transition and the choices she made. Although this novel centers Dara's experience of learning about her mother's past, Mellie's emails are, by far, the strongest aspect of the novel. They provide a complex first-person narrative of Mellie's journey from childhood to adulthood, in an unflinching portrayal of the abuse, social rejection, suicidal ideation, and eventual self-acceptance. Dara's somewhat predictable road-trip story and budding romance with her best friend break up the intensity of Mellie's narrative and build suspense between the revelatory emails. However, the more complex elements of Dara's character, such as her professional tennis ambitions and class-related struggles, are never fully developed in the text. Instead, Dara's story ultimately serves as an opportunity for readers to learn about contemporary transgender issues by her side. VERDICT Despite its uneven character and plot development, this novel offers a compelling reading experience, making it a valuable addition to library collections.—Molly Saunders, Homewood Public Library, AL --Molly Saunders (Reviewed 12/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 12, p114)
  • /* Starred Review */ Eighteen-year-old white tennis phenom Dara is so good that her coach wants her to start competing in tournaments, and she'll need a passport—but her single mother, Mellie, is short on cash and has no interest in supporting Dara's tennis career. Mellie insists she lost Dara's birth certificate, but one day after Mellie leaves for work, Dara finds it in a locked box—along with other secrets that flip her world over. Her birth mother was struck by a car and killed before Dara turned 1, and Mellie—her father—is transgender and kept it all from Dara. Furious and hurt and accompanied by her Indian-American best friend, Sam, Dara goes to find her birth mother's family. Mellie's baffling series of lies to her daughter is revealed to have very good reasons, and the story behind them unfolds in a series of emails Mellie sends to Dara as she's on the road. Dara is the main character, but Mellie is the book's heart, and she's incredible: a complicated, soulful, talented, and loving transwoman whose emails could be their own book. Verdi's respect and care are evident in every character in the book, no matter how brief their appearance, especially boy-next-door Sam and Dara's wealthy, ultraconservative grandparents, who, although they do some terrible things, aren't written off as evil. Verdi's book is a triumph—an exquisite mirror in which trans parents and their children will see themselves. And for once, the reflection won't break their hearts. (Fiction. 14-adult) (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10624173
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NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Verdi, Jessica
Dewey number
  • 813.6
  • Fic
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
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True
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  • Family secrets
  • Transgender parents
  • Transgender people
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Single-parent families
  • Best friends
  • Secrets
  • Families
  • Transgender people
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Single-parent families
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
  • Best friends
  • Family secrets
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Single-parent families
  • Transgender parents
  • Transgender people
Target audience
adolescent
Label
And she was, Jessica Verdi
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1913232
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
353 pages
Isbn
9781338150537
Lccn
2017011240
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781338150537
  • (OCoLC)982373762
Label
And she was, Jessica Verdi
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1913232
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
353 pages
Isbn
9781338150537
Lccn
2017011240
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781338150537
  • (OCoLC)982373762

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