Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Book - 2012
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"This is Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, on community radio 90.3, KZUK. I'm Gabe. Welcome to my show." My birth name is Elizabeth, but I'm a guy. Gabe. My parents think I've gone crazy and the rest of the world is happy to agree with them, but I know I'm right. I've been a boy my whole life. When you think about it, I'm like a record. Elizabeth is my A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe is my B side--not heard as often, but just as good. It's time to let my B side play. .
Publisher: Woodbury, Minn. : Flux, c2012.
ISBN: 9780738732510
Characteristics: 271 p. ;,21 cm.

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PinesandPrejudice 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 just...eh.

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glowbear
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.

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IleahK
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.

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queerdreamboat
Jul 05, 2015

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

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dylankemp
Jan 05, 2015

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

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ihateplacemats
Sep 04, 2017

ihateplacemats thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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