Being Jazz

Being Jazz

My Life as A (transgender) Teen

Book - 2016
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Teen activist and trailblazer Jazz Jennings--named one of "The 25 most influential teens" of the year by Time--shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Description: 265 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780399554643
Branch Call Number: TEEN 306.768092 Jen


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Mar 31, 2021

As a child, I destroyed anything pink or purple, refused to wear girls clothes and often referred to myself as a boy.

I am so glad that no one intervened medically (hormones/surgery) in ways that I would be dealing with for the rest of my life.

I've learned that society's gender roles are wrong and that I don't have to conform to them or make changes to my healthy body, regardless of my preferences & choices.

Claiming 'transgender' reinforces gender stereotypes more than it refutes them.

In children, I think this is especially dangerous and confusing.

I do not mean any disrespect. Question everything. Eschew all labels. Look outside yourself.

Dec 03, 2018

A memoir about a boy named Jaron who was so persistent in being feminine from early childhood that her parents let her transition in preschool. Jaron became Jazz, who became a famous celebrity due to being so young at the time of her gender transition.

She uses as evidence of that she should be in a female body the fact that she was obsessed with all shades of pink (17), but then admits on the next page (18) that pink used to be a boy color, so how exactly does her obsession with one color prove she should be female? Colors are arbitrary and have no meaning regarding gender except what society applies to them.

Jaron's femininity was probably just her copying her older sister Ari; Jaron would "copy her every move. If she got a purple hair bow, I had to have a purple hair bow, too" (20). It makes even more sense that Jaron would want to copy his sister since he had two twin brothers; so he probably thought that since one brother was exactly like the other brother, Jaron should be exactly like the remaining sibling, Ari. So if Jaron had no sisters, maybe he wouldn't be acting feminine at all!

Sep 22, 2017

Jazz's story offers a lot of insider information to her experience. I think the most special thing about this story is her resilient spirit. I think any teen that is dealing with being "different" and struggling with it would benefit from this story.

Jazz Jennings from "I am Jazz" shares her experiences as a transgender teen. This book was wonderfully written and offers some insight into her life as a transgender teen. She is honest and completely amazing. It was interesting to find out about the challenges she faced and conquered. Jazz's voice is positive and outgoing and encouraging to all teens.

Jun 12, 2017

This was an honest read -- almost too honest. I say that being I liked learned about Jazz's journey, transitioning, growing up, her family's advocacy, and her life in the spotlight. I found I did not need to hear about how embarrassed she was when she farted twice on a "date" with a boy or her first weird make-out sessions. However, I can't fault it too much because what else are you supposed to write a memoir about when you're only sixteen? And for a sixteen year old she has had quite a life so far. It will be awesome to see how she progresses and grows in the next ten, twenty years.

Apr 23, 2017

I absoutely loved this book! Jazz is such a incredible woman! I really enjoyed reading her book. She has accomplished so many wonderful things in her life! I admire her so much! This is a lovely book. You should read it!

Mar 29, 2017

For anybody who is curious about what it means to be transgender, this is the book for you, because it's written by an amazing transgendered teen who is the definition of the word "advocate."
Follow Jazz's story as she tells you about how she grew up in a boy's body but knew from the very beginning she was a girl. Some of her struggles are hard to read because of their unfairness, such as her legal fight to play on the girl's soccer team, her right to use the girl's bathroom, and being teased at school. Fortunately, Jazz has an amazingly supportive family, unlike many other transgender youth, which is why she spends so much of her time advocating for transgender rights.

ArapahoeBridget Oct 27, 2016

Funny, conversational, and really engaging. This book is a mix of eye-opening and routine bits about teenage life, with plenty of big picture activism details sprinkled throughout as well. Some of the statistics are heartbreaking, even as Jazz's personal experience is often (though definitely not always) positive. I listened to the audiobook, read by Jazz, and her bubbly enthusiasm and personality shines through in her reading! Highly recommend.

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