Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rethinking Norman by Katie Rain Hill

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 272 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Facebook
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, nineteen-year-old Katie Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment.Have you ever worried that you'd never be able to live up to your parents' expectations? Have you ever imagined that life would be better if you were just invisible? Have you ever thought you would do anything--anything--to make the teasing stop? Katie Hill had and it nearly tore her apart.Katie never felt comfortable in her own skin. She realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers' bullying and the mounting pressure to be "normal," Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that "Katie"--the girl trapped within her--was determined to live.A beautifully written memoir about growth and self discovery,

It's always hard to review a memoir because how do you review and critic what someone actually lived through? The experiences are real, the characters are real and the emotions are real. It's tough to review, however, it is not tough to discuss it!

The author, Katie Rain Hill stole my heart upon reading the very first line: I hate flies...She is full of so much light and humour. She made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. You would never believe that this person once struggled with their identity. Katie Hill's personality jumps off the pages. She screams confidence and independence. I am almost positive that if I were to meet her in real life I would say "This woman really rocks. She knows exactly who she is!" And she does! But it wasn't always that way for her. She was a girl trapped in a boys body and this detailed telling of her story takes us through the highs and the lows of her transition into the beautiful person she is today.

Katie does not sugar coat anything throughout this memoir. She is very raw and honest about her experiences with bullying and discrimination. She is also very open with her experiences with heartbreak. One lovely person Katie always had in her corner was her Mother. Some are not so fortunate to have the love and support from their family but Katie's mother remained her Cheerleader, rock, confidant and everything in between throughout this whole journey of Katie's growth.

This book would be so resourceful and helpful for teenagers. There are so many children out there today that are discovering who they are but may be afraid. You don't have to be a transgender to understand the things this book can offer. Anyone struggling or trying to become their own person can gain something from this book. It is a wonderfully written story about self discovery and personal growth!
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  7. I love the title, "rethinking normal," because that's what society is going to have to do. What Katie's story comes down to is to things we can all relate to: struggles, relationships, major revelations about ourselves... Just another life, but with more surgeries. By getting her story out there, more and more understanding can take place. It helps that it's interesting. Good work, Katie--keep it up.

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