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I Know Very Well How I Got My Name

I Know Very Well How I Got My Name [Kindle Edition]

Elliott DeLine , Red Thomas
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The night he loses his virginity, he becomes Dean. Amy Wagner names him—and she would know best. Amy knows all kinds of things that Dean doesn’t understand—things about sex, music, and the darker side of life. All Dean knows is his safe suburban home with his parents, books, and imaginary games. Until now, he’s been able to hide his true identity, even from himself. To the rest of the world, he is a teenage girl—an awkward, boyish teenage girl, but a girl nonetheless. Meeting Amy changes everything. Soon that protected world around him begins to fall apart, and he is left with no other option but to face himself and the truth.

I Know Very Well How I Got My Name chronicles Dean’s clumsy progression through the American public school system. It is the 90’s and early 2000’s, in suburban Syracuse, New York—a world in which LGBTQ bullying is not yet a hot topic in schools, and there is little tolerance for outsiders of any kind. A prequel to the award-winning novel Refuse, Elliott DeLine’s second book is about the prevailing myths surrounding bullying and abuse, and the hardships of being young and transgender without a community, support, or a roadmap.

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"Though DeLine is only 24, with Refuse and I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, his is already a major contribution to queer literature. Like so many of the classic gay and lesbian novels from the earlier part of the 20th century, these works are sure, years from now, to enjoy wider readership and recognition as pioneering examples of transgender writing." -Kirkus Reviews Elliott DeLine (born 1988) is an independent transgender writer from Syracuse, NY. He is the author of Refuse, "a witty and provocative debut novel," (Lambda Literary Review) which won a silver medal in the 2011 LGBT Rainbow Awards for Best Transgender/Bisexual Fiction. His work has been featured in several publications, including the Modern Love essay series of The New York Times (2011) and The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, winner of a 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction. He is a regular blogger for Original Plumbing, the premier FTM magazine, and as of August 2013, the managing editor of Elliott's newest book, I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, was praised by Kirkus Reviews as "one of the most well-written, nuanced transgender origin stories on the market today...a novella that confirms his impressive range and talent."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 295 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Elliott DeLine (10 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 Sep 2013
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I have read "Refuse" (by the same author) several times and still enjoy it. I was pleased to discover this prequel. Not as long but still very readable. Will probably read "Refuse" again now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great prequel, follow-up to Refuse! 28 April 2013
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DeLine's awesome storytelling skills shine through, once again, in this prequel to "Refuse". This collection of coming-of-age stories spattered with the blunt realism of what it is like to be a transgendered teen make this one great read. A page-turner in its own right, these slices of life will leave you wondering what, exactly, hasn't happened to Dean?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skilled delivery, triggery content 25 May 2014
By Sally Little - Published on
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Our narrator, whose birth certificate name is mentioned so few times I can't remember or find it, learns what being gay means when Ellen Degeneres comes out. He learns what being transgender means when a girl brings an article on it to a GSA meeting. But his real education about gender, sex, love, and identity comes from Amy Wagner, a girl he befriends at school who quickly becomes his best friend, his first significant crush, the taker of his virginity, his re-christener, and indeed, so much that her increasingly inconstant treatment of him drives the book to a shocking climax.

Trigger warnings for suicide and extremely dubious consent.

I Know Very Well How I Got My Name is short, and a little bit oddly structured--we get Dean's childhood, his relationships with his father, mother, grandmother, cats, and friends besides Amy, but it ends abruptly before most of Dean's transition even happens, just as he's putting together a plan to effect it. This is probably due to the fact that this book is a prequel, and forced into its structure by that of the first book, Refuse, which I will read next. The characterization was expertly handled--the focalization during the childhood years clearly showed a child's point of view without using babyish language that would annoy the reader and without rough transition. It's tempting to tell the entire story from the point of view of looking back on the past, but telling a story-of-my-life tale in complete present tense requires skill. The reader can see how bad Amy is for Dean without, at least in my case, losing sympathy for Dean over his inability to see it too. I will definitely be reading the next book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Snapshots of growing up FTM 22 Feb 2014
By C. L. Mathew - Published on
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I'm always looking for writing on the topic of FTM TG issues. This book is classified as fiction, and is composed of snapshots of one person's life growing up. It seems similar to my memories of childhood, or how they work. I don't remember one uninterrupted narrative of my life. Instead I've got stories and snapshots of things that happened as I was growing up. That's what this book was like for me. Snapshots of their life. Nice, short, interesting read. Recommend it if you're interested in the topic. I'd check this one out from the library if I could, instead of buying it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Dec 2013
By Kayla B - Published on
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this book was fantastic. I felt like it was somewhat similar to my life as I am struggling with my gender identity. I appreciate this book very much!!!
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