Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Undead by Dick Teresi
As Nature Made Him by Joe Colapinto
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides
She's Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan
As always, the worst first - The Undead. So, really this wasn't a terrible book. I just felt like it was really slow to begin with. I drug my heels through the first half of the book then it really picked up and I flew through the rest of it. It's about how modern medicine is blurring the line between life and death. I'm not sure I'd recommend it due to the very slow start and obviously opinionated, instead of simply reported, style of writing. It should also be noted that there are lots of claims that this book is riddled with fictitious statements.
I already had a good idea of how As Nature Made Him went since I'd already seen the documentary but decided to read the book as well. In 1967, after a twin baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment that would alter his gender. It's a heartbreaking book and absolutely interesting look at the age old nature versus nurture debate.
From the remaining three, I cannot choose a favorite. I adored them all. Let's start with Girl, Interrupted. I had a good feeling I'd like the book since the movie is one of my favorites (although that's not always the case. Wanna know a secret I feel super guilty about? I like Fight Club the movie and thousand times more than Fight Club the book.) I tore through the book in no time at all. I definitely recommend it, whether you've seen the movie or not!
Another book I had already seen the movie for, The Virgin Suicides. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from the book. When I saw the movie the first time I wasn't all that into it, it just didn't grab my attention but this wasn't the case with the book. I couldn't put it down.
She's Not There was EXCELLENT, easily one of the best things I've read in a while. It was a book that immediately drew me in and I had to finish it in the same day. She's Not There is Jennifer Finney Boylan's story of transforming from the male she was born as to the woman she always was. I adored Jennifer's writing. I literally cannot recommend this book highly enough.