ARC Review: Blood Sport

Blood SportI  received a copy of Blood Sport from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blood Sport by Tash McAdam is a hi-lo (high interest, low reading level) young adult contemporary/mystery centering on trans teen Jason. Jason is about to age out of foster care, and has no idea what his future will hold. The plan had always been to move in with his older sister Becca once he was out of the system, but her sudden death turns his life upside down. Jason is convinced Becca was murdered, although the police maintain it was a simple drug overdose.

Jason finds some suspicious articles and photos in Becca’s belongings, and decides to do some investigating himself. Those investigations lead him to a boxing gym, where he finds a place he feels he really belongs – where his fighting skills (developed over a lifetime of defending himself) are respected, and where his masculinity is never questioned.

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Best of Rainbow Reading 2019

My favorites of the 347 LGBTQ books I read this year! To squeeze in as many of them as possible, I’ve organized them into favorites by LGBTQ identity and favorites by genre, and I also broke down some categories by audience to get a couple more books in there… and yes, I still had to throw in some honorable mentions as well.

Finally, these lists are based on my own personal enjoyment of the book – not necessarily the book’s literary quality or critical merit. Without further ado (since this is several days late already!)… my favorite LGBTQ reads of 2019!

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One Year on Testosterone

It seems unbelievable, but it’s true: as of today, I’ve been on low-dose testosterone (2.5 grams/day of 1% gel) for an entire year.

A year ago I was both excited and terrified about starting testosterone. I was very happy with the idea of becoming less feminine and regaining some of the androgyny I had as a child, but I was afraid of changes happening too quickly or too drastically; my goal is not to be read as a cis man. I was also only out in certain contexts and I was worried about being outed by HRT before I was ready to come out myself.

At this point, I can say that I’m very pleased with my transition so far. While there are clear changes between a year ago and now, the pace of those changes has been slow and gradual. Nothing has been a shock to the system.

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