Pen, the child of traditional immigrant parents, was born female but identifies as a male and faced bullying and isolation since starting school. High school brings more problems, including Pen’s first sexual relationship, the loss of a best friend who had used Pen to prey upon girls, and being at odds with parents who want Pen to be a “good girl”. Pen leaves home and moves in with their brother and finally feels accepted for who they are. This contemporary Canadian novel is suitable as a literature circle or independent novel for mature senior students and addresses gender identity, sexual identity, challenges facing transgender students, abortion, stereotyping, respect, and family dynamics. Social considerations noted. Log in to read the full review.