Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Book - 2012 | 1st ed
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Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school.
Publisher: Woodbury, Minn. : Flux, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780738732510
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 271 p. 21 cm


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For Gabe, merging his two worlds is far from easy. There's his true self, a popular DJ, and there's his school identity where he's still known as Elizabeth.

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Apr 01, 2018

Damn. I have never though I would laugh so much by looking in a mirror of my own issues.

Jul 02, 2017

This book had great potential. However, it slowly started chugging downhill for me. I appreciate the characters and the insight into being a trans man. However, I am not a music nerd so 98% of the music references (and there were a lot!) went right over my head. I struggled with the "old-fashioned" nature of the book--I couldn't really tell what time period it was in except the references to Facebook. It felt very old fashioned and had so many clishes I couldn't count them all.

Anyway, not my favorite book. It had good points and good parts but overall it was

Mar 27, 2016

This is a great book. I really enjoy the music reference and how fast pace it was. This is a really good LGBTQ+ book for anyone looking for one. Really recommend it to anyone.

Aug 29, 2015

A quick and down-to-earth story about a normal, everyday teenage boy struggling with all the things normal teenage boys struggle with. He also happens to be a trans male. One of the best things about this book with the simplicity of the plot and the authenticity of the writing style. I could really feel for the characters, and the situations and outcomes were believable.

Jul 05, 2015

Realistic and thoughtful story. Very much enjoyed it, as I could relate to Gabe in many ways.

Jan 05, 2015

Well worth the read. A light story, fast paced, easily read. Loveable characters, drawn well.


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Sep 04, 2017

ihateplacemats thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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