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Publisher's Summary

Jeremy Ivester is a transgender man. Thirty years ago, his parents welcomed him into the world as what they thought was their daughter. As a child, he preferred the toys and games our society views as masculine. He kept his hair short and wore boys’ clothing. They called him a tomboy. That’s what he called himself.

By high school, when he showed no interest in flirting, his parents thought he might be lesbian. At 20, he wondered if he was asexual. At 23, he surgically removed his breasts. A year later, he began taking the hormones that would lower his voice and give him a beard - and he announced his new name and pronouns.

Once a Girl, Always a Boy is Jeremy’s journey from childhood through coming out as transgender and eventually emerging as an advocate for the transgender community. This is not only Jeremy’s story, but also that of his family, told from multiple perspectives - those of the siblings who struggled to understand the brother they once saw as a sister, and of the parents who ultimately joined him in the battle against discrimination. This is a story of acceptance in a world not quite ready to accept.

It has received starred reviews from Kirkus Review and the Library Journal. It has been featured on reading lists in Ms. and Parade magazines. It was included in USA Today's list of the 10 best LGBTQ reads for Pride Month.

The audiobook was recorded by the author and her family.

©2020 Jo Ivester (P)2020 Jo Ivester

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Just wow... thank you

this is a fantastic, heartfelt memoir. it made me laugh and cry. thank you for this book. thank you for sharing your story. its helped me with my journey and to understand my friends' journeys.

Also I'm sorry for the struggles you have gone through and the discrimination you and others face. It is not ok.

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  • 04-17-21

Very well written. Great for FTM parents.

Very helpful. Excellent arrangement and narration. Difficult to be witness to all the emotions and feelings that everyone was experiencing.

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This book was just what I needed.
I’ve felt very alone in my sons journey. He grew up a girly girl so the fact that he called me in the middle of the night to tell me he was a boy just about killed me. I cried for days. I had no one but my husband. We always thought our child was gay, not a boy. Since his transition he has fought many demons due to mental health issues. He still fights today. I still cry at the loss of my daughter. However we love our son no matter what. He is out child.
This book has brought so much comfort to me in ways only a mother of a transgender child could know. I will treasure this and I will share this book with family and friends.
Thank you all for sharing your story.
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the book is read by Jeremy & his family 👍🏽

It was great to hear each family member's perspective in their own words and voice

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I needed this

This book was a perfect beginning to this journey I am on a proud but worried Mama of a transgender son. Thank you to the whole Ivester family. I have learned, grown and have even gained a bit of peace from listening to this book.

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Once a Girl, Always a Boy

Great audio book in that the Ivester family narrates the book and their voices and narratives are outstanding. A must read for anyone who has a child, loved one, or acquaintance who is nonbinary or trans , as well anyone who wants to better understand what it means to be Trans.

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Thanks for taking me along on your journey.

I laughed and cried with you along your journey.

My daughter is in the process of transitioning. He is 13 years old. Listening to your story let me know that we are not alone. Things are going to be ok. Our new son has all our support and we will be with him along the way, always with a smile on our faces. He has 2 dads which you would think would make it easier. It doesn’t. We worry. There is always an adjustment.

There are so many similarities in their stories. The messy hair. The notebooks full of doodles. The way they feel about their breasts. Listening made me smile.

In short, I really want to just say THANK YOU to you and Jeremy, and your entire family. You really helped to let me know everything is going to be ok. I wish I knew you personally. I feel like we would be good friends.

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A Must-Read for All

Anyone who wants to learn about what it means to be trans or what it means to find out that a family member is trans or what is like to be the trans person discovering themselves within a circle of family and friends should read this book. I've read several and I think this is my favorite. Each out the voices is so personal and heartfelt... and touching. the only unfortunate thing is the title. Change it to "Always a Boy."

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Wow. Life-changing story

I absolutely loved everything about this audiobook. I loved that each person in the family read their section. I loved hearing their voices. I loved hearing the different perspectives on the same events. This book is about now, right now. Thank you for making this story visible, opening up the conversation. I've never cried so much when reading a book. There was so much joy in hearing someone else verbalize experiences that I relate to and had never put into words. there are also differences in our experiences and identities but hearing this story told without shame opened me up to exploring my own story.

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Perfect!

This book is woww perfect for anyone discovering themselves and families that are right besides them! It’s a journey I’m the life of those who are just like him! I’m starting the transition and this explain alootttt about what I go through and helps me see how others around me are feeling! Thank you!