Girl Mans Up

M-E Girard's young adult novel is about a gender non-conforming girl who struggles with expectations and her own identity.

M-E Girard

All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she's always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she's trying to be a boy — that she should quit trying to be something she's not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth — that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she'll have to man up. (From HarperCollins)

From the book

I'm used to people staring at me, trying to figure out what my deal is. Ever since I started swiping clothes from my brother Johnny's closet, people have been reacting differently to me. I used to wear jeans and plain T-shirts and I've always hung around guys, so people just figured I was a tomboy, but now it's like it goes beyond that, and I'm sure it's not just because Johnny's clothes are name brand and sweet as hell. I don't really know what people think I am, or what they think I'm not.

From Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard ©2016. Published by HarperCollins.