Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

This is the first book that I have read directly from the perspective of someone that is transgender. I felt that I have learned a lot, about the importance of proper pronouns, as well us understanding the fear of bigots and how much self expression matters. I understand that this is an individual experience and not everyone’s transitions are the same, but this book helped me see it from a new perspective. This is a good coming of age novel as Jess and Chunk take a road trip across the country. Throughout the road trip, they both discover things about themselves and grow as people. Even though the plot line sounds cliché the story is very genuine and I found myself getting very caught up in the characters. I especially appreciated the Star Trek references. I really missed them once it was over and I was very sad there was no epilogue. When reading this expect to become fully invested in the characters, there was definitely moments when I felt like yelling at them, as with all love stories, people make stupid decisions, but ultimately it was a genuinely good love story. I like the fact that although it was about Jess and her transition, that did not take up her whole personality. She was able to be a full person and not merely her gender identity, she was also an artist and a daughter. I think that this is an important point that a lot of people miss. This also did a good job of illustrating the role of an ally and a good friend, it shows the importance of respecting boundaries as well as showing that they are not going to get everything right, as they are also new to all the information that they are trying to understand.

$12.59
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