Sloane would’ve given anything to have been born with the right body, but he hadn’t. He’d have given anything to have his family back, but his father insisted that until Sloane was ready to become his heterosexual daughter again, he wanted nothing to do with him. So Sloane dealt with the challenges of living transgendered as best he could. Luckily, his best friend Jace was there with him every step of the way. Jace is the best man Sloane has ever met, but Jace is gay and Sloane still doesn’t have the right parts – until Jace proves that he loves Sloane just the way he is.
Overall Rating: 3/10 stars
Matt’s Review: 2/5 Stars
This is a very short story that, for me, fell very flat.
It’s so short that there’s not really a plot beyond Sloane is in love with his best friend Jace, Jace admits he feels the same, and they have sex. That’s basically it.
And I’m not gonna lie, I felt pretty uncomfortable the whole way through. The language is very dated now—transgendered being a really obvious example—and the way the narrative treats the past is…
See, I’m a bit of an outlier in current trans discourse in that I tend to refer to myself as a girl when I’m talking about historical events. I was a daddy’s girl, I was a bridesmaid, etc. The narrative in this book does the same thing. There’s references to “girl Sloane” and him having been Jace’s “best girlfriend.” But I am not typical of trans people in this regard, and this book isn’t written with enough depth, fluidity and skill to interpret it as individual experience. It feels instead like…well, like a bad approach.
There’s also a lot of emphasis on Sloane not understanding that Jace loves him even though he hasn’t got a cock and “isn’t fully male.” And yeah, that internalised transphobia is a definite part of many people’s experiences. But I’m honestly just tired of this. I’m tired of our rep having to be persuaded we can be loveable and sexy.
(Oh and speaking of sexy, it wasn’t. The writing is too rigid and too busy with awkward exposition to feel anything.)
For me, this story just fell really flat and felt more like an attempt at earning cookies than a sincere, genuine wish to portray a deep and interesting insight into a trans character’s life.
Laura’s Review: 1/5 Stars