Recommended Teen Reads: Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill

Rethinking Normal

Rethinking Normal

This is the story of Katie’s transition from Luke, a boy born in the bible belt of Oklahoma, into Katie – the girl she had always felt herself to be inside.

Katie’s story delves into the earliest memories of her childhood, many of them painful and raw. The honesty and the openness with which she shares her life is amazing and it’s hard not to be affected by her struggles to be heard and understood.

Still a teenager at the time of writing, this book is very easy to read and hard to put down. Katie takes us through her relationships with her parents, her friends, and boyfriends; rejections, acceptances, and finding her voice as an advocate for Trans* Youth. She also doesn’t flinch away from the physical details of her life and her process going on hormones and ultimately her gender reassignment surgery.

A great read for anyone questioning, or considering transitioning; parents of trans* children and teens, or anyone who would like to understand and be an ally. And even if you’re not, you’ll enjoy this honest and emotional memoir.

Read by: Raschel

Reserve Rethinking Normal: a memoir in transition here

About the author: Katie Rain Hill is a student at the University of Tulsa majoring in anthropology and sociology. She wrote this memoir while studying for exams, writing term papers, working part-time as a pharmaceutical technician, and advocating for LGBTQA rights. This is her first book.


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