Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Gabe may have been born a girl, but he's always been a boy at heart.
A lover of music spanning the decades and inspired by a DJ neighbor with a collection to rival that of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gabe is on a quest to finish high school and finally be able to be the boy he feels he was always meant to be.
He starts his journey with a midnight radio show on a local station called "Beautiful Music for Ugly Children".
On his quest, he inspires people, gives them hope, leads them to crazy acts of bravery around the town, and he finally finds people who may actually accept him for who, and what, he is.
But no journey in life is without its potholes, and Gabe has a rough rode ahead.
Final thoughts: Immediately upon starting this book, I thought of a few students I've met over the years who could use a book like this. It's realistic and gritty with moments of intense hate and real love. Gabe's life changes aren't easy for everyone around him to accept, and even he struggles with the practical side of things, though he never even once thinks he might be wrong. He's always known that though he was born with female parts, he's a male through and through. His struggles are the struggles of many in the LGBTQ community, not just the transgenders, but it's good that trans teens finally have something to which they can read and relate. It's not perfect, but it's a good start.