Told in dual perspectives between Emily and Claire, this book follows the story of a young lesbian trans girl coming out, and how her girlfriend, Claire, learns to reconcile Emily’s identity her Christian faith. Being Emily was the first young adult novel about a trans girl that is told from the perspective of a trans girl.
They say that whoever you are it’s okay, you were born that way. Those words don’t comfort Emily, because she was born Christopher and her insides know that her outsides are all wrong.
They say that it gets better, be who are you and it’ll be fine. For Emily, telling her parents who she really is means a therapist who insists Christopher is normal and Emily is sick. Telling her girlfriend means lectures about how God doesn’t make that kind of mistake.
Emily desperately wants high school in her small Minnesota town to get better. She wants to be the woman she knows is inside, but it’s not until a substitute therapist and a girl named Natalie come into her life that she believes she has a chance of actually Being Emily.
A story for anyone who has ever felt that the inside and outside don’t match and no one else will understand…
Cis girls: Claire
Trans girls: Emily
Sexual and Romantic Orientation
Emily is a lesbian and homoromantic
Claire is bisexual and biromantic
Claire is Christian
Brief description of past childhood physical abuse
Mentions of self harm and suicidal ideation