Beautiful Coming of Age Story

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In this coming of age story, Spencer is starting at a new high school, but is not quite comfortable revealing his trans identity to his new classmates. When he secretly joins the soccer team and starts befriending teammate Justice, he feels like he has finally found his place. But when a discriminatory law sidelines Spencer, he is forced to decide between outing himself and potentially losing friends or fighting for what is right.

This story was beautiful and sweet. The diversity and representation was well done. The Passing Playbook tackles equality, trans rights, and self discovery.

I loved both Spencer and Justice's characters. They both struggled in their own regards, but together, they helped each other find their true selves. Their characters not only pushed against discrimination in law, there were also themes of pushing back against the church and their conservative judgement of those that are different. Also, I loved how inclusive, open and understanding the soccer team was of the boys.

The audiobook was well done and a quick listen. Narrated by Jamie K. Brown, the audiobook runs 7 hours long. I sped the narration up to about 2x.

Thank you Bookish First for the advanced copy and Penguin Random House Audio for the ALC.