I am J by Cris Beam
J has always felt misunderstood, and no wonder: his parents think he's a lesbian, his best friend Melissa think he's a girl, and his girlfriend Blue is pretty sure he's gay. But J knows that he is a boy, although he was born female. After doing some Google research, J learns about testosterone shots, and is convinced that taking "T" will fix everything in his life. But even after seeing a psychologist and starting hormone therapy, J learns that, as much as he loves them, the people in his life are still not perfect.
Readers will learn a lot about the lives of transgender teens as J attends a support group, enrolls at a school for transgender teens, and does his best to become a man in a society that isn't quite sure how to define him. The book is obviously issue-driven; however, the convincingly multi-ethnic and gender-diverse characters retrieve it from the "Afterschool Special" pile. Not everyone accepts J as he accepts himself, but there is hope.
Almost squeaky-clean: no cussing, no sex; there is one scene of under-age drinking. References to body parts are polite. Sexual tension does not progress beyond a few exchanged kisses.
Recommended for readers in grades 7 to adult.