Book review: Becoming Nicole

THIS is the inspiring, New York Times bestselling true story of a transgender girl and her family’s journey to understand, help and celebrate her uniqueness.

Wayne and Ellis Maines are a normal and hardworking American couple and after failing to conceive their own children, are given the opportunity to adopt the identical twin boys of Kelly’s second cousin.

When Jonas and Wyatt start to develop their own personalities, it becomes clear that the boys like different things; Wyatt imagines he is the Little Mermaid and likes to dress up in his tutu.

However, more than that, at the age of three, declares he “hates” his penis and asks: “When do I get to be a girl?”

Becoming Nicole chronicles the journey of the whole family and their community and their views on gender and identity.

A compelling, enlightening and informative read.

Becoming Nicole: The Extraordinary Transformation Of An Ordinary Family

Amy Ellis Nutt

Atlantic, €16.85


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