And She Was

And She Was Review

Dara’s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she’s dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents?

Dara confronts her mother, and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under “father”? That’s Mellie. She transitioned when Dara was a baby, shortly after Dara’s birth mother died.

But Dara still has more questions than answers. Reeling, she sets off on a road trip with her best guy friend, Sam. She's determined to find the extended family she’s never met. What she discovers—and what her mother reveals, piece by piece over emails—will challenge and change Dara more than she can imagine.

From rising star Jessica Verdi, this is a gorgeous, timely, and essential novel about the importance of being our true selves.

Title:And She Was
Edition Language:English

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  • Avery (Book Deviant)

    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book DeviantHell, I wanted to do a critical review, but that's technically wrong. In this review, I'll be completely wrecking this book, because I have never re...

  • Hal Schrieve

    I got this ARC at the library I work in!First—I really appreciate that in many senses, this book jumps into wonderful new territory in terms of YA books around trans issues. The trans character, Mil...

  • Andrew

    **I read an ARC of this book provided through work** It's perfect because it's Jessica Verdi. I love everything she's written. When I saw this book at work, it was an auto-grab, and when I actually r...

  • Katie Pierce

    EDIT: I decided to remove one star because of the frequent misgendering and cruel language used by other characters about Mellie. I realize that this was likely the author's attempt to portray the ver...

  • Rachel

    I highly recommend this book. It's a fantastic story of discovery, struggle, and finding acceptance and understanding. As a trans woman myself, I can say that Jessica Verdi does an excellent job of gi...

  • Rachel

    As a LGBTQ ally, I appreciate this book and what it will do to promote understanding between cis and transgender people. And She Was is a well-paced, realistic YA/coming of age story and I loved every...

  • Theresa

    My library received an ARC from Point/Scholastic. Teens will be captivated by Dara’s story. It reads quick. At 18 Dara finds her birth certificate and discovers that her mom, Mellie, was assigned ma...

  • Nichole

    there are few novels that captivate you and teach you something and this does both. please don't miss out on a powerful and important novel....

  • Ilana

    And She Was by Jessica Verdi is a fluffy contemporary novel. Dara is a almost professional tennis player. However her mom Mellie isn't always so supportive. When Dara finds her birth certificate, she ...

  • Maggie Stough

    As a trans/LGBTQ+ ally, I didn’t get much from this and actively hated the protagonist for half the book. I would not recommend this to trans people as there’s a lot of deadnaming and other potent...