This Is How It Always Is

This Is How It Always Is

eBook - 2017
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"This is Claude. He's five years old, the youngest of five brothers. He also loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes."--
Publisher: ©2017
New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250118523
1250118522
Characteristics: 1 online resource (327 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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sheilahoff
Nov 06, 2017

This book is a delight to read...I laughed a lot, cried some and found it provocative too. I've been telling EVERYONE to read this book. It's so well written on so many levels. Now I'm going back to read her earlier books.

jilllib Oct 10, 2017

A fictional account of gender dysphoria in a little boy/girl.

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laphampeak
Jul 13, 2017

A timely story that takes us to the depths of feeling and social interactions of a young transgender child. Frankel draws on her experience to help us see into the world that we may otherwise only hear about. It fell short of 5 stars because the subject matter was handled superbly but lacked a cohesive background - all of a sudden Rosie and Poppy went to Singapore to have cultural input on transgender philosophy? I did like that I moved from Wisconsin to Seattle and I share some of what author said about the state's difference.
This is a great book for discussion groups!

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zcch55
Jun 18, 2017

Really enjoyed this realistic but humorous take on the difficult subject of raising a transgendered child in today's very difficult world.

Looking forward to checking out the authors other books!

Cynthia_N Mar 16, 2017

I want to know the rest of the story. Tell me about middle school, and high school, and college and beyond. Is she happy? Good read with some hard truths about the guess work of parenting.

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DorisWaggoner
Mar 05, 2017

This quirky story of Rosie and Penn, and their family of four sons, hoping the fifth child will finally be a daughter, goes off in all kinds of often weird, humorous, sad, and ultimately wise directions. To start with, Rosie's an ER doc, and Penn a stay at home dad writing the great American novel. Then the hoped for daughter is a fifth son. Except that when he's three, he declares that he wants to be a girl. And they let him--at home. The secret, they think, will be easy to keep, in progressive Madison, WI, and later in even more progressive Seattle. But Poppy gets outed, and it's utterly painful, so painful that Poppy punishes herself by retreating into the boy persona. Healing begins when Rosie and Poppy go to Thailand to keep the mother out of trouble at work. The clinic she works at has nothing--except love--to offer its clients. There's even a school, and they assume the child who speaks English like an expert has been sent to teach the language to the children there. Mother and child also notice that in Thailand there's a third sex, between the other two. Maybe that's a place to start for Poppy when she and her mother go home. Even though this is a trendy topic at the moment, it's beautifully written, by the mother of a trans child. Love the orange cover, too. Having lived in both settings made me like it even more.

JCLCherylMY Mar 04, 2017

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel is a powerful story about a mother and father faced with making a life-altering decision concerning their youngest child. Excellent book on a timely subject. Reading Group Guide available at www.readinggroupgold.com.

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becker
Feb 14, 2017

This is a timely story and for the most part the subject matter was handled in an interesting and thoughtful way. I had some issues with the dialogue which occasionally felt forced and unnatural, like I was reading from a parenting magazine. But the author does other things very well, like showing the struggle the mother had between balancing her professional and family life. This is worth reading if you find the subject matter interesting.

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