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Birthday /

by Russo, Meredith [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.Edition: First edition.Description: 278 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781250129833; 1250129834.Subject(s): Transgender women -- Juvenile fiction | Transgender youth -- Juvenile fiction | Football players -- Juvenile fiction | Birthdays -- Juvenile fiction | Tennessee -- Juvenile fiction | Love -- Fiction | Fiction | Young adult fiction | Transgender fiction | Romance fiction | Love storiesSummary: Eric: There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other's side--as Morgan's mom died, as he moved across town, as I joined the football team, as my parents started fighting. But sometimes I worry that Morgan and I won't be best friends forever. That there'll be a day, a minute, a second, where it all falls apart and there's no turning back the clock. Morgan: I know that every birthday should feel like a new beginning, but I'm trapped in this mixed-up body, in this wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than me, a mom I miss more than anything, and a best friend who can never know my biggest secret. Maybe one day I'll be ready to become the person I am inside. To become her. To tell the world. To tell Eric. But when? Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan's destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they're meant to be--and if they're meant to be together.Summary: Eric and Morgan decided they were best friends for life. They've stuck by each other's side as Morgan's mom died, as he moved across town, as Eric joined the football team, as his parents started fighting. But Morgan feels trapped in a mixed-up body, in a wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than his son, and a best friend who can never know his biggest secret. Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan's destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they're meant to be-- and if they're meant to be together. -- adapted from jacket
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<p> "Lovers who surmount the odds have always been intense emotional fodder, but rarely have we seen a story like Birthday ...true and raw, haunting and undeniable." -- The New York Times Book Review </p> <p> Two best friends. A shared birthday. Six years... <br> <br> ERIC: There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other's side--as Morgan's mom died, as he moved across town, as I joined the football team, as my parents started fighting. But sometimes I worry that Morgan and I won't be best friends forever. That there'll be a day, a minute, a second, where it all falls apart and there's no turning back the clock.</p> <p> MORGAN: I know that every birthday should feel like a new beginning, but I'm trapped in this mixed-up body, in this wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than me, a mom I miss more than anything, and a best friend who can never know my biggest secret. Maybe one day I'll be ready to become the person I am inside. To become her. To tell the world. To tell Eric. But when?</p> <p>Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan's destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they're meant to be--and if they're meant to be together. From the award-winning author of If I Was Your Girl , Meredith Russo, comes a heart-wrenching and universal story of identity, first love, and fate.</p> <p> "Beautifully written, Birthday is an altogether singular contribution to the gradually growing body of transgender literature and, indeed, to mainstream literature, as well." --ALA Booklist , starred review <br></p>

Eric: There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other's side--as Morgan's mom died, as he moved across town, as I joined the football team, as my parents started fighting. But sometimes I worry that Morgan and I won't be best friends forever. That there'll be a day, a minute, a second, where it all falls apart and there's no turning back the clock. Morgan: I know that every birthday should feel like a new beginning, but I'm trapped in this mixed-up body, in this wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than me, a mom I miss more than anything, and a best friend who can never know my biggest secret. Maybe one day I'll be ready to become the person I am inside. To become her. To tell the world. To tell Eric. But when? Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan's destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they're meant to be--and if they're meant to be together.

Eric and Morgan decided they were best friends for life. They've stuck by each other's side as Morgan's mom died, as he moved across town, as Eric joined the football team, as his parents started fighting. But Morgan feels trapped in a mixed-up body, in a wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than his son, and a best friend who can never know his biggest secret. Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan's destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they're meant to be-- and if they're meant to be together. -- adapted from jacket

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This dual-point-of-view novel visits Morgan and Eric, close friends from a small town in Tennessee, on their shared birthday each year from ages thirteen to eighteen. Morgan is transgender, secretly so (and male-presenting) for much of the book, and birthday messages left behind by her deceased mother are painful reminders of the son Mom had imagined her to be. Erics father is physically abusive and objects to Erics friendship with Morgan, both because he feels theyre too close and because he views Morgan as effeminate. That friendship eventually takes on romantic elementsand related strain. Russo (Stonewall Award winner for If I Was Your Girl, rev. 7/16, and herself a transgender woman from Tennessee) doesnt shy away from the difficulties of these dynamics in a town whose residents display ignorance about and hateful attitudes toward people with queer identities; the two protagonists first-person narrations provide close looks at their internal conflicts (which, in Morgans case, include suicidal ideation, eventually leading to a suicide attempt). But telling this story over a period of years is a smart approach, one that shows how a very difficult situation can reach a mostly happy endingeven if it takes a long time to get there. shoshana flax (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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