Rosie and Penn always
wanted a daughter. Four sons later, they decide to try one last time -
and their beautiful little boy Claude is born. Life continues happily
for this big, loving family until the day when Claude says that, when he
grows up, he wants to be a girl.
As far as Rosie and Penn are
concerned, bright, funny and wonderful Claude can be whoever he or she
wants. But as problems begin at school and in the community, the family
faces a seemingly impossible dilemma: should Claude change, or should
they and Claude try to change the world?
I've been hearing about this book for a while and there has been a lot of hype online, I was surprised at first as it took me a little while to get into. I think it was simply because I found all the characters and family members that were introduced early on confusing, once they'd all clicked with me though I was enthralled.
The family are all wonderful and Claude wanting to be Poppy is never an issue for them. It felt like it would be a great household to grow up in, a home full of love and compassion. I couldn't help but root for Poppy throughout the story, hoping that everything would work out alright for her in the end.
This is a novel with a powerful message, one with some heartbreaking moments but overall one that is warm and sometimes funny.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Thanks to Headline and Netgalley for a copy in return for an honest review.