Tuesday, May 21, 2019

MF - Birthday by Meredith Russo


Boyhood meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this unconventional love story about two teens bonded for life when they are born on the same day at the same time by award-winning author Meredith Russo!

Two kids, Morgan and Eric, are bonded for life after being born on the same day at the same time. We meet them once a year on their shared birthday as they grow and change: as Eric figures out who he is and how he fits into the world, and as Morgan makes the difficult choice to live as her true self. Over the years, they will drift apart, come together, fight, make up, and break up—and ultimately, realize how inextricably they are a part of each other.

My Rating -5 Stars!

From the start, Meredith Russo's Birthday drew me in, keeping me intrigued throughout. 

On their thirteenth birthday, we meet Morgan and Eric, lifelong best friends. I immediately found myself drawn to the tone and the characters. At 13, the two are slowly changing, and secrets are tough to admit. 

Their story's an honest tale of one's journey of living in the wrong body. It's a tale of pain and loss, a tale of confusion and floundering. My heart hurts for Morgan throughout, as her struggles are real and raw. Her need to escape, her constant drowning under the weigh to it all is a tough read.

Their tale is full of painful pretending, with great descriptions of all the hiding.
The pain and self-destruction, the inability to be oneself is extremely well written, with understanding and care. 

Birthday's an absolutely amazing story. Meredith Russo expertly explores the conflict of a teen feeling wrong in their own body. I loved every single second of this gem and highly recommend it to anyone looking to read about a transgender teenager.

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