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Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable about or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series, I Am Jazz, making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults.
In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn't all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don't understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence - particularly high school - complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy - especially when you began your life in a boy's body.
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By G. Eriksen on 06-07-16
Eloquent and Well Thought Out
Young Ms. Jennings has created a body of work, including her life, of which to be extremely proud. Precocious almost to a fault, she has forged and followed a bigger life than most people four times her current age (which is fifteen.) This book is well written and edited, both traditionally speaking as well as with sound engineering. Informative, spirited and vivid enough to draw out memories of my own from parallel ages in my (non-transgender) life, listening to this book was similar to hanging out with one of my own extremely candid nieces. I definitely recommend listening to this book. One note, Jazz does speak a little bit quickly, but you can always change the speed on the meter while listening, so it's not truly a problem. Other great reads along the same lines are "Raising my Rainbow" and "Raising Ryland."
Word to Jazz, if you're reading this ... Everyone who is as intensely self-aware as you are experiences some degree of an existential crisis manifesting in some way or another. Just remember that your ripple, your legacy already is love.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Shane on 06-21-16
Powerful and Enlightening.
What made the experience of listening to Being Jazz the most enjoyable?
Hearing the story from the mouth of the author and the person who truly experienced all these things in her life was probably the greatest and most powerful part of the audiobook. You really hear her emotions in her voice and it adds so much to the book.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jazz, obviously. The book was entirely about her and her life.
Which character – as performed by Jazz Jennings – was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I did listen to it all in one sitting, so yes.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Anonymous User on 03-17-18
what an incredible story about a brave Trans woman...
never give up until you are happy
By Robert James Ellis on 02-15-18
Jazz her own story must listen..
truly a remarkable journey Jazz has had from the joy to the sad. You will get drawn in to this book regardless of gender or thoughts, everyone should listen to this as this very brave young lady tells her own story in her own words. I'm proud of jazz and myself for being a human being who dose not judge others.
brilliant thank you Jazz.......