And she was
From rising star Jessica Verdi, an incredibly timely, sensitive, and riveting portrayal of a teen girl's relationship with her transgender mom.
Dara's lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she's dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents?
Dara confronts her mother, and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under "father"? That's Mellie. She transitioned when Dara was a baby, after Dara's birth mother died. She changed her name, started over.
But Dara still has more questions than answers. Reeling, she sets off on an impromptu road trip with her best guy friend, Sam, in tow. She is determined to find the extended family she's never even met. What she does discover -- and what her mother reveals, piece by piece, over emails -- will challenge and change Dara more than she can imagine.
This is a gorgeous, timely, and essential novel about the importance of being our true selves. The backmatter includes an author's note and resources for readers.
Best friends -- Fiction
Best friends -- Juvenile fiction
Families -- Fiction
Family secrets -- Juvenile fiction
Friendship -- Fiction
Mothers and daughters
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction
Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction
Secrets -- Fiction
Single-parent families -- Fiction
Single-parent families -- Juvenile fiction
Transgender parents -- Juvenile fiction
Transgender people -- Fiction
Transgender people -- Juvenile fiction
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|subject_facet||Best friends -- Fiction, Best friends -- Juvenile fiction, Domestic fiction, Families -- Fiction, Family secrets -- Juvenile fiction, Friendship -- Fiction, Mothers and daughters -- Fiction, Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction, Secrets -- Fiction, Single-parent families -- Fiction, Single-parent families -- Juvenile fiction, Transgender parents -- Juvenile fiction, Transgender people -- Fiction, Transgender people -- Juvenile fiction|
|title_display||And she was|
|title_full||And she was / Jessica Verdi|
|title_short||And she was|
|topic_facet||Best friends, Families, Family secrets, Friendship, Mothers and daughters, Secrets, Single-parent families, Transgender parents, Transgender people|