And She Was

And She Was

Dara?s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she?s dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents? Dara confronts her mother, and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under ?father?? That?s Mellie. She tra Dara?s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she?s dreaming of more. Wh...

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Title:And She Was
Author:Jessica Verdi
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1338150537
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:361 pages pages

And She Was Reviews

  • Laura
    Mar 20, 2018
    Oh, I had such hopes for this book! Dara's life with her single mother, Mellie, is upended when Dara learns that Mellie was born male and transitioned (as well as fled, with infant Dara, from his/her in-laws, having left his family years before). Dara is, understandably, confused and i...
  • Barbara
    Mar 10, 2018
    Although this book does cover some new territory in a way that makes it quite accessible to readers who are not familiar with transgender characters or the challenges they face, I was annoyed with the protagonist, Dara Baker, for most of the book, but perhaps that was the author's inte...
  • Rachel
    May 29, 2017
    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every page of this heartbreaking and uplifting book. Wonderful read. Highly recommend. ...
  • Rachel
    Mar 02, 2018
    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of giving Mellie an authentic experience. Dara's reaction is handled well, and ultimately, ...
  • Katie Pierce
    Jan 06, 2018
    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the very real ways that nasty people talk to and about trans folks, but I feel it was a bit e...
  • Theresa
    Dec 15, 2017
    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara?s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned male at birth. What follows is a road trip for answers, some romance, and emails from mo...
  • Nasty Lady MJ
    Apr 28, 2018
    To see review with Gilmore Girls gifs click here. What I Wanted: A book with a mother-daughter relationship that was a bit Gilmore Girls-is but instead of running away from rich parents because of teenage pregnancy, the Lorelai ran away because she came out as transgender and Grandp...
  • Nichole
    Jan 26, 2018
    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel. ...
  • Marsha
    Jun 06, 2018
    The issue of transgenderism takes the stage front and center and features large in a young girl?s trip to find out about her extended family. This coming-of-age story is as much about Dara?s mother Mellie, assigned male at birth, as it is about Dara. Learning the truth about he...
  • Marathon County Public Library MCPL
    May 31, 2018
    18 year-old Dara Baker is a recent high school graduate with big dreams. Living in a small town in New York with her mother, Mellie, Dara has aspired to be a pro tennis star as long as she can remember. She?s on the verge of entering her first major tournament when she finds out a sh...
  • Andrew
    Aug 28, 2017
    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually read what the book was about (hours later) I was THRILLED. On top of being an addic...
  • Jazmen
    Apr 25, 2018
    If the authors intention was to help non-transgendered peoples understand transgendered people, I think that was accomplished. I believe she did her very best and with good intention to help bridge the gap, between transgendered persons, and the ignorance of non-transgendered perso...
  • Ashleigh
    Jun 14, 2018
    And She Was follows Dara, a girl who has recently graduated from high school, and has high dreams of becoming a tennis star, in the vein of Serena Williams. However, when she asks her mother for her birth certificate so she can apply for a passport, her mother claims she lost it years ...
  • Dana Mack
    Mar 19, 2018
    I have never read a book like this before. Thank you for writing a book about a part of the human race people like me are not knowledgeable about. I loved the story. ...
  • Racheal
    Apr 10, 2018
    And She Was is the type of book that is entertaining and informative. The story centers on a transgender woman, Mellie and her teenage daughter, Dara. It is full of diverse characters and gives the reader an opportunity to understand and identify with the characters and their experienc...
  • Rachel Piven
    May 26, 2018
    This is a beautifully written narrative by a cis teen girl who finds out that her mother was her biological father and she had a family she never knew about. None of the plot is surprising, but the emails the mother sends that tell her story bit by bit are powerful and evocative. Even ...
  • Avery (Book Deviant)
    Feb 28, 2018
    I...do not recommend. This book is very transphobic, and just harmful in general. Check out my full review here. ...
  • Gerard Villegas
    Aug 29, 2017
    To summarize this LGBT read, it is basically Transamerica but instead of Felicity Huffman having a junkie bisexual hustling son, the protagonist is an up and coming, well adjusted tennis star who discovers her single parent mom use to be her single biological father. 18 year old Dara B...
  • Ilana
    Feb 28, 2018
    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she realizes that Mellies name isn't one of the names listed as her parents. After confron...
  • Maggie Stough
    Oct 14, 2017
    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn?t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there?s a lot of deadnaming and other potentially harmful/triggering transphobic stuff in this book. This book is definitely meant...
  • saskeah
    Apr 10, 2018
    I read four chapters of this book, written by a cis author, and with a cis narrator, featuring a trans character. I am a trans bookseller, PhD student, and LGBTQ health researcher. In four chapters, the trans character was portrayed antagonistically as a parent, transphobic language wa...
  • Sky Postell
    May 03, 2018
    People seem to think this book is bad because of the transphobia and constant deadnaming, but they probably didn't read the authors note. She wanted to make this book so cis people could understand trans people. She writes A LOT about family acceptance. While I did find the main charac...
  • Nadia
    Jul 27, 2018
    1 stars TW: transphobia, deadnaming, misgendering I did not plan on reviewing this book today, but the more I think about it, the angrier I get, so today, I come at you with a very rant-y review. The Writing The writing in this book was just? bland. It was nothing special...
  • claudia
    May 01, 2018
    i do think that jessica verdi worked hard to be informed and to accurately portray a trans character, but i just don?t know how well she did it? while i?m a part of the lgbtq+ community, i?m cisgender so i cannot speak on behalf of the trans rep, but there were still parts that m...
  • Elana
    Mar 22, 2018
    And She Was By Jessica Verdi opened my eyes to a different world. It covers many different topics such as being transgender, how to be truthful, getting drunk for the first time, and having your first romantic relationship. All of these life lessons are expressed perfectly as a mother ...
  • Grace Cl
    Jan 21, 2018
    I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insight on the struggles go being transgender while also showing insight to those around them. It also allows the readers to see just how difficult it can be to keep a secret that large. One other thing this book shows is that secrets al...
  • Melissa
    Apr 17, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars Beyond beautifully written. I read this in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. A story of a daughter; Dara who sets out on a road trip with her best friend Sam to unravel the life of her transitioned mother who is technically her biological father after s...
  • Hal Schrieve
    Feb 06, 2018
    I got this ARC at the library I work in! First?I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Millie, is a mother, and has been living in her gender for some seventeen years by th...
  • Jayde
    Aug 05, 2018
    This is a touching, crushingly honest novel that felt so important. I love an LGBT story and I love a family story. The intersection here was done so well. The basic premise is that Dara finds out her mother is trans and goes on a road trip with her best friend to seek out family she h...
  • Max
    Jul 27, 2018
    This is a book written by a cis person, for cis people. The main character in this book is casually transphobic, often misgenders her mother, and believes Mellie is selfish for wanting to get away from an extended family who treat her like a monster. It takes learning that said exte...