Freakboy From the outside Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy He s a star wrestler a video game aficionado and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match Vanessa But on the inside Brendan st

  • Title: Freakboy
  • Author: Kristin Elizabeth Clark
  • ISBN: 9780374324728
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy He s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves Is there even a name for guys like him Guys whFrom the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy He s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves Is there even a name for guys like him Guys who sometimes want to be girls Or is Brendan just a freak In Freakboy s razor sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

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    • Kristin Elizabeth Clark

      Kristin Elizabeth Clark lives and writes in the Santa Cruz Mountains She hikes with her dog and reads to her cats but she s not one of THOSE people Really.Her young adult debut, Freakboy, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR on October 22nd, 2013.

    449 thoughts on “Freakboy

    • As my first verse novel, Freakboy really surprised me. Not being a fan of poetry I was expecting verse novels to give me the worst kind of reading experience, but it was actually really moving and easier to get into the flow of it than I would have thought. The subject matter was also original and gave me a new insight in the subject of LGBT. I've read plenty of books about gay teens with confused sexualities and such, but this was my first time into the mind of a confused transsexual.Freakboy i [...]

    • So, this is yet another important book that just… isn’t actually very good. Freakboy is a novel in verse about being nonbinary and trans. While these are two really important topics, the book doesn't have anything going for it besides the important issues, and these issues are all only addressed somewhat well. Freakboy ends up being nothing but an issues book, and not a very good one.Angel is a latina caricature. Yikes at the racial stereotyping. She’s also not nearly fleshed out enough, a [...]

    • Few writers dare to tackle such a difficult--and important--topic. Kudos, Kristin, for taking a major chance!

    • I stayed up until 2 AM reading this. It hit home, an arrow to the heart.You may read "prose-poem" in the book description but don't be put off by that. This is a fairly straight-forward narrative, although it's written with less words per line, in a poem-like structure without a lot of description. It still reads smoothly and easily. It still moves, inexorably, through the story of a boy who has always liked girls, and girl things, and who comes to the realization that the way he likes them isn' [...]

    • Glad the book was written, but this just confirms all over again that novels written in verse just aren't for me. I just want more from books, and it's hard to explore with a satisfying degree of depth and complexity and emotion within this kind of framework. I support LGBTQ issues so wholeheartedly, but as with TWO BOYS KISSING, the style of storytelling just wasn't my cup of tea.

    • Freakboy is the first Young Adult novel that I have read that properly addresses transexuality. And, while I am not going to pretend to know a lot about the subject, I do think that Clark did a great job at writing and portraying transexuality. Her characters are well-written and she obviously put a lot of thought into her story. This book also happens to be the first verse novel I have read in a long, long time, and even though verse novels aren’t really my thing, I have to admit that I thoug [...]

    • I read Freakboy as I traversed the United States. The row in front of me on the airplane, there was a baby, so I put my headphones in and blasted music into my ears. This actually really helped me focus in on the book, and remove the rest of the world. Usually, when I read, I’m distracted: by my cat, by the internet, by little sounds outside. The whole time I was reading Freakboy on the flight, I was basically trying not to be that weird girl crying on the airplane. Kristin Elizabeth Clark’s [...]

    • I'm hesitant to decry this book overly, because it might well provide comfort to people with questions like the main character's. But the simple fact of the matter is that I wasn't all that impressed.Of the three novels in verse I've read this year, this one has the worst poetry by far. It's artless and ineffective; the imagery is nothing to write home about, and the metaphors and similes are simplistic. Just because the characters are high-school aged doesn't mean it should read like high schoo [...]

    • Synopsis:This young adult novel is told in verse from three teen points of view, whose lives interweave as the plot develops. Brendon, the main protagonist, and for whom the book is titled is a white middle class teen from a divorced background, with atheistic beliefs, great commitment to his little sister, love of gaming, an ambivalence towards his wrestling team, a good relationship with his girlfriend with whom he enjoys sex (or at least being close to her body) but whose soft skin, long hair [...]

    • Kristin Elizabeth Clark certainly has ambition. Her debut novel, FREAKBOY, tackles the gender spectrum - in verse. I love novels in verse and I love novels that address LGBTQ issues. I had very high hopes for FREAKBOY, which can be a bad thing for a book. But I think Clark met her ambitions.Brendan Chase is a fairly normal guy. He's on the wrestling team (and isn't that good) and has a girlfriend (who is a better wrestler than him). He loves Vanessa, knows that he likes girls in that way. At the [...]

    • I love reading acknowledgments. They offer a rare glimpse into the view of the author. The author of FreakBoy shared a very special acknowledgment to fellow author, Ellen Hopkins- "who, when I went to her, wringing my hands and whining to her that she needed to write something for gender-variant kids, listened patiently, then said, 'No, this is a story you need to write yourself.' " I'm so glad you did. My hat's off to you, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, because this is a PHENOMENAL story!This summary [...]

    • 2.5ish.Brendan is a wrestler. He's got a great girlfriend named Vanessa. But that's where all of the "good" in his life really ends. Brendan's family life isn't stable, and Brendan doesn't know if he's entirely sure of who he is. He's questioning his sexuality -- even though Vanessa is great, he's wondering: am I really in the right body? Vanessa loves Brendan, but she's about to find out that, while he loves her, he doesn't know if she's the right match because he doesn't know what it is he wan [...]

    • This is my first purely poetic or lyrical book.Some books build you up and some books break you down, by the end of Freakboy I came away asking myself if it's worth it to lose friends and loved ones to be true to ourselves in private or public in spite of social or cultural expectations. It's a hard question I wonder about a lot for a lot of various reasons but it's not really answered here. I'm glad it's not because it's a question you have to answer for yourself, or risk having that choice tak [...]

    • Brendan has a girlfriend, but his attraction to girls is confusing. When he looks at a beautiful woman, it’s not because he wants to be with her. He imagines what it’s like to be her. His girlfriend, Vanessa, thinks he has a wandering eye, but that’s not the case. Angel works at a safe house for GLBT youth. He sees Brendan one day and reaches out to him. In a fit of confusion, Brendan throws a rock at the house’s window and breaks it. People who work there think it’s a hate crime and v [...]

    • I sat down at noon today to start reading this. I didn't put it on my because I wanted to try a chapter before I committed to reading it in front of all of my social networks. I have this thing about novels in verse not really working for me. Maybe they do and I just don't read them often enough.Freakboy is amazing. The subject matter is tough and it is dark but there are slivers of hope lined up inside for you while reading. I cried, I hoped, I wanted more than anything for Brendan to find his [...]

    • I love how this book is so simple on one hand, so typical of a high school experience, that on one hand, you forget the aspects that make it unique. There are detached parents, dating dramas, and judging teens, which is a picture of any high school in America. But it isn't a common story, because Brendan is confused about his gender identity. This IS a typical problem in America, but it isn't a typical problem portrayed in young adult literature, even though it should be. I was captivated by Bre [...]

    • I'm thinking of making a new tag that says "out of my comfort zone" for . While this is not a book I would normally pick up (it was recommended to me), it is definitely one that should push us all to empathize with those who struggle with transgender identity. Even though we all have our own thoughts and feelings about the issue, this book expresses a strong personal turmoil of a young boy who enjoys wearing girl's clothing. He is a wrestler, loves his girlfriend without a doubt, but is struggli [...]

    • 4.5 starsI really liked this. This was my first book told in verse. I was wary of that reading style but I thought it worked great for telling the story. I felt more of their thoughts, actions, etc. told that way. Also it made reading it go by very quickly. I liked that it told between Brendan, Angel, and Vanessa even though Vanessa is the one I liked the least and sometimes didn’t see a point of her having one. I guess to see how closed minded people can be. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Which I didn’t see [...]

    • Actual rating is 3.5Here is another instance where I was kicking myself when a book I had requested arrived because it wasn’t until that moment that I realized the book is told in verse. Also, here is another instance where I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed said book much more than I had expected! Once again I am left baffled as to why the novel was told in verse when it read in my head like a regular novel. Sure there were poems in the shape of Christmas trees here and poems within p [...]

    • Yay, another book in YA addressing the trans population! This makes me happy. My co-blogger and I partially addressed this book in our LGBTQ Month of July post on the blog, but it's time for a proper review. "Freakboy" follows the same free verse approach that Ellen Hopkins does, and for the most part, it works well with each character's POV, getting across the main points of the book, and pumping up the tension a fair amount. Adding to my best of 2013 list, "Freakboy" is a book you simply can't [...]

    • I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.So, I didn’t even read the synopsis to Freakboy. I had a pretty good idea, just from the title, what it was going to be about. What I didn’t know was that it would be in verse. I’m not really into poetry, in general, but this was just a great book.Freakboy follows Brendan as he struggles to find who he is and where he fits in. His girlfriend [...]

    • This was the first novel I've read in free verse, and I have to be honest, it isn't my favorite way to read. The line breaks and shapes interrupt the flow of reading. The subtle messages aren't so subtle. But I get it, this novel wasn't really written for someone like me. In spite of all that, I enjoyed it.The book is written from three different characters' points of view. Brendan, high school jock who's beginning to think maybe being a boy isn't what's right for him. His girlfriend, Vanessa, w [...]

    • This free-verse poem novel contrasts the journeys of two transgender anatomical males - Brendan, the white, prep-school atheist child of divorce, and Angel, the black, Christ-loving, formerly trick-turning street kid. Of the two, who would you expect to be relatively content in her situation, and who would be suicidal? Ironically, or perhaps not so ironically, it is Brendan who is tortured, seeking escape from the pressure to conform by mothering his tiny sister, withholding purchased gift linge [...]

    • 'Freakboy' is a book written in verse about three individuals, Brendon- A seemingly "normal cisgender" boy, but in the beginning of this novel, he soon begins to fantasize about something much different that's expected of him. Brendon wants to be a girl. Angel- A transgender Male to Female who works at a center for troubled LGBTQIIA+ teens. Vanessa- Brendon's girlfriend who frankly- doesn't know what's really going on at all. This book is so important because it shows the struggles of what it me [...]

    • I will do a full video review on this soon. For now, I'll just say that while I had some issues with the story and the writing, it's still a book that a lot of people, particularly in the target YA audience, could benefit from reading.

    • 3.5 starsAlthough I expected more from this book, I appreciate that Clark tackled a subject that isn't fully recognized in American society: identifying as gender-fluid and understanding what it means to be gender-fluid.

    • Day (So many questions but I don't ask why) --Our story binds us like right and wrong your hand in mine marching to the beat of the storm--

      Buddy read with Aria

    • Let me start off with a confession: I don't like poems. Sure there are the odd exceptions, but on the whole I'm just not a poem person. So, while the blurb made Freakboy sound absolutely amazing, the verse novel form made me hesitant. Because, you see, I have never read a novel in verse before; what if I hate it? The beautifully fractured cover, however, kept taunting me on Netgalley, and in the end my curiosity won out. And I loved it. In fact, I loved Freakboy so freakin' much, I'm going to ge [...]

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