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Alex As Well

Alex As Well

Alyssa Brugman

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Alex is ready for things to change, in a big way. Everyone seems to think she's a boy, but for Alex the whole boy/girl thing isn't as simple as either/or, and when she decides girl is closer to the truth, no one knows how to react, least of all her parents. Undeterred, Alex begins to create a new identity for herself: ditching one school, enrolling in another, and throwing out most of her clothes. But the other Alex-the boy Alex-has a lot to say about that.

Heartbreaking and droll in equal measures, Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman is a brilliantly told story about being intersex, exploring gender and sexuality, navigating friendships, and finding a place to belong.

“This book tackles the delicate topic of being intersex and gives a lot of insight into the problems associated with it, while still being a very enjoyable fiction read.” —The Guardian

"Readers of authors such as John Green will devour this novel.” —Junior Bookseller & Publisher

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THERE ARE MOMENTS in life when something happens and it changes everything forever. You make one decision, and after that you can't go back. It doesn't even have to be a big thing.

Five days ago I stopped taking my...

Praise for Alex As Well

“This book tackles the delicate topic of being intersex and gives a lot of insight into the problems associated with it, while still being a very enjoyable fiction read.” —The Guardian
“The story of biological intersex experience is rarely told, and this one is well related, with balanced attention to the challenges it poses for parents, peers, and the intersex person; the inclusion of characters who respect the stops, starts, missteps and courage of teens negotiating their gender identities adds an additional layer of sensitivity.” —BCCB

“This slim but thought-provoking Australian import follows a 14-year-old intersex teen making the transition to being a girl.” —Booklist

“Brugman tackles a sensitive issue with grace and grit . . . This work is best suited for fans of problem novels, teens struggling with identity issues of all kinds, and readers looking for a good contemporary fiction title that has teeth.” —School Library Journal

“Confronting, thought-provoking and often surprisingly amusing, Alex As Well is an amazingly powerful story of a young woman in conflict.” —Kids' Book Review

“Alex is a winning character.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Brugman's beautiful writing offers . . . fearless honesty as well as . . . strong insight and a delightful sense of humour. . . . Readers of authors such as John Green will devour this novel.” —Junior Bookseller & Publisher

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“This book tackles the delicate topic of being intersex and gives a lot of insight into the problems associated with it, while still being a very enjoyable fiction read.” —The Guardian
“The story of biological intersex experience is rarely told, and this one is well related, with balanced attention to the challenges it poses for parents, peers, and the intersex person; the inclusion of characters who respect the stops, starts, missteps and courage of teens negotiating their gender identities adds an additional layer of sensitivity.” —BCCB

“This slim but thought-provoking Australian import follows a 14-year-old intersex teen making the transition to being a girl.” —Booklist

“Brugman tackles a sensitive issue with grace and grit . . . This work is best suited for fans of problem novels, teens struggling with identity issues of all kinds, and readers looking for a good contemporary fiction title that has teeth.” —School Library Journal

“Confronting, thought-provoking and often surprisingly amusing, Alex As Well is an amazingly powerful story of a young woman in conflict.” —Kids' Book Review

“Alex is a winning character.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Brugman's beautiful writing offers . . . fearless honesty as well as . . . strong insight and a delightful sense of humour. . . . Readers of authors such as John Green will devour this novel.” —Junior Bookseller & Publisher

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Alyssa Brugman

Alyssa Brugman has written several books for young adults, including Finding Grace and Walking Naked. She lives in Australia with her family.

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