Adam is a humorous approach to LGBTQ issues from the perspective of a Holden-esque straight kid, spending the summer with his lesbian sister in New York City. Schrag has young Adam, an affluent 17 year old from Berkeley, attempt to impersonate an FtoM trans person in order to win the affection of an older woman he meets at a party. Where the story could be cutesy and offensive, Schrag instead creates opportunity for Adam to learn about constructing identity, dynamics of power, and ultimately, how words and actions can have direct consequences.
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When Adam Freedman -- a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California -- goes to stay with his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does. It is the summer of 2006. Gay marriage and transgender rights are in the air, and Casey has thrust herself into a wild lesbian subculture. Soon Adam is tagging along to underground clubs, where there are hot older women everywhere he turns. It takes some time for him to realize that many in this new crowd assume he is trans--a boy who was born a girl. Why else would this baby-faced guy always be around? Then Adam meets Gillian, the girl of his dreams -- but she couldn't possibly be interested in him. Unless passing as a trans guy might actually work in his favor . . . Ariel Schrag's scathingly funny and poignant debut novel puts a fresh spin on questions of love, attraction, self-definition, and what it takes to be at home in your own skin.
About the Author
Ariel Schrag grew up in Berkeley, California. She is the author of the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise, and has written for the television shows How to Make it in America and The L Word. She lives in Brooklyn.