Book Review

SISSY by Jacob Tobia

Thank you to Putnam Books for the free/gifted book. 

Rating: 4.5 / 5

SISSY: A COMING-OF-GENDER STORY is a memoir by Jacob Tobia. Jacob was labeled a male at birth and was raised as a boy, but their childhood wasn’t what some might consider a “typical” boyhood. Growing up, Jacob was a sensitive child who liked dolls and glitter and avoided all sports. They were labeled a “sissy” which is a term meant to hurt, but one that Jacob grew to embrace.

The story is laid out in a very honest and open way, addressing both struggles and triumphs. I really appreciated the look Jacob takes a religion and faith. They were raised with a strong faith and there were moments of light in the way members of the church embraced their identity, but also moments when the church entirely failed in this regard. I felt like this was a fair and balanced look at a troubling issue.

This is a memoir which takes on a lot of serious topics, but it does so in a way that will both tug at your heart and give you a good laugh. SISSY came out last year and it is now newly out in paperback, so I urge you to pick up a copy!

Reading Challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book with a pink cover

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