Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! Just when I was starting to feel like all the books I've been reading lately have blurred together, this one stands out in the best ways.
I've read a lot of LGBT YA in the past few years, and this one pointed out all these subtleties to gender identity that I still wasn't aware of or didn't quite understand. The story has a refreshing angle (Pen, the MC, is a girl who fully embraces her masculine side, despite the displeasure of her Portuguese parents).
I also enjoyed that Pen was Portugese-American, as it was an interesting look at the differences between two cultures, as well as what it's like to grow up caught between cultures.
As an added bonus, it was great to see a healthy relationship play out between two girls. This definitely offers something new and more to the YA LGBT Contemporary category.