First I'd like to say that this is a sweet and simplistic contemporary YA story about self acceptance, growing up, family and friendship. What makes this book stand out is that the main character is a transgender girl, the author is a transgender woman and on the cover is a transgender model. This is awesome. Sometimes idealistic and stereotypical (which the author herself admits and explains in her moving afterword) this book still encompasses an important message for all people whether trans, mormon, gay, tall, pierced or nerdy, or whatever, that life throws challenges your way (especially in high school) and it's survivable and accepting oneself is the first step. Recommended to all.