I am J
J spun. His stomach clenched hard, as though he'd been hit. It was just the neighbour lady, Mercedes. J couldn't muster a hello back, not now; he didn't care that she'd tell his mother he'd been rude. She should know better. Nobody calls me Jeni anymore. J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a 'real boy' and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible - from his family, from his friends...from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding - it's time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.
An emotional, heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring story of a transgender teen.
"J is an especially vivid character...the story is believable and effective due to insightful situations, realistic language, and convincing dialogue."-- School Library Journal
Cris Beam ihas an MFA in writing from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Columbia, New York University. I Am J is her debut novel.