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Publisher's Summary

Teen activist and trailblazer Jazz Jennings - named one of The 25 Most Influential Teens of the year by Time - shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths. 

Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable about or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series, I Am Jazz, making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults. 

In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn't all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don't understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence - particularly high school - complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy - especially when you began your life in a boy's body. 

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Critic Reviews

"Jazz is a sensitive and courageous young woman. Her story is inspiring and important to read. By sharing her experiences and view she has added to our understanding and compassion for the transgender experience." (Barbara Walters)
"Jazz [is] an eloquent spokesperson for transgender kids." (Katie Couric)
"I wish I had had a book like this when I was a kid struggling with gender identity questions. I found it deeply moving in its simplicity and honesty." (Laverne Cox, acclaimed actress and transgender advocate)

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loved it. Gave so much more depth and insight to compliment the reality TV series

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Thank you jazz

I literally cried for half of this audio book So many things hit home. I just wish I had your assertiveness from such a young age 💜

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Amazing story

I absolutely loved this book. I am a transgender female and it was great to hear another experience different from my own. I think anyone could enjoy and learn from this book.

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  • Skye
  • 21-06-2016

Powerful and Enlightening.

What made the experience of listening to Being Jazz the most enjoyable?

Hearing the story from the mouth of the author and the person who truly experienced all these things in her life was probably the greatest and most powerful part of the audiobook. You really hear her emotions in her voice and it adds so much to the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jazz, obviously. The book was entirely about her and her life.

Which character – as performed by Jazz Jennings – was your favorite?

Jazz.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it all in one sitting, so yes.

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  • G. Eriksen
  • 07-06-2016

Eloquent and Well Thought Out

Young Ms. Jennings has created a body of work, including her life, of which to be extremely proud. Precocious almost to a fault, she has forged and followed a bigger life than most people four times her current age (which is fifteen.) This book is well written and edited, both traditionally speaking as well as with sound engineering. Informative, spirited and vivid enough to draw out memories of my own from parallel ages in my (non-transgender) life, listening to this book was similar to hanging out with one of my own extremely candid nieces. I definitely recommend listening to this book. One note, Jazz does speak a little bit quickly, but you can always change the speed on the meter while listening, so it's not truly a problem. Other great reads along the same lines are "Raising my Rainbow" and "Raising Ryland."

Word to Jazz, if you're reading this ... Everyone who is as intensely self-aware as you are experiences some degree of an existential crisis manifesting in some way or another. Just remember that your ripple, your legacy already is love.

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  • Dora Henson
  • 03-09-2020

mechanical. I'm sorry

loved the story especially considering my best friend is transgenger. i think the only thing that bothered me is it all sounded automated. i do voice work so hearing it sound ao clipped together and like Google automated was disheartening. no matter. my bf said or did things that weren't appropriate. im pretty sure I'm just not good enough or right. my opinion actually doesent matter. im sorry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-04-2020

Fun but short

This story is fun and playful but to short I wish there was more but what u expect from a story of a teens life.

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  • Barbara
  • 21-03-2020

Articulate teen discusses her life as a transgender young person

This young woman gives transgender teens a voice. A good primer for adults trying to understand what it means to be transgender and an excellent book for our transgender young people. Jazz is an advocate for trans rights and a role model for all young people to be themselves regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a very upbeat and affirming book & it is fun to hear the young authors’s authentic voice on the audiobook.

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  • Caleb
  • 03-03-2020

BEST BOOK EVER

I love how Jazz Jennings reads the book and how the story has meaning to it. I would recommend this book to everyone who supports LGBTQ+ 🏳️‍🌈 because it explains the difficulties of being transgender. Over all, this book is the best book I’ve ever read. Love you Jazz! You have inspired me to come out of my comfort zone and do things that I never have done before! P.S. I am also transgender and I face discrimination and bullying all day, everyday. I feel your pain. Also, I love your name and wish I had your name! 😍🥰🤗 -Caleb aka Jazz

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  • anonymous
  • 12-07-2019

Mermazing!!!!

I would love to meet this young transgender activist one day. She is truly an inspiration for people Young and old.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-04-2019

A good self asteem builder

Thank goodness for people like Jazz. Even though I'm not Transgender, this book gave me confidence that I can make a positive difference in this world. Jazz has an attitude that owing yourself as who you are is nothing to be ashamed of. I'm also amazed at how she continues to turn negativity into opportunities. Thank you, Jazz.

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  • K
  • 03-04-2019

Very good

Wow, I was so pleasantly surprised! Jazz is an amazing young woman and her advocacy for transyouth is powerful!

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  • carlee soto
  • 24-03-2019

Great read

What an amazing book. Can’t wait for her second book. Look forward to hearing all about her transition and how she felt during it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-2018

wow

what an incredible story about a brave Trans woman... never give up until you are happy

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  • Robbie-Jane Ellis
  • 15-02-2018

Jazz her own story must listen..

truly a remarkable journey Jazz has had from the joy to the sad. You will get drawn in to this book regardless of gender or thoughts, everyone should listen to this as this very brave young lady tells her own story in her own words. I'm proud of jazz and myself for being a human being who dose not judge others. brilliant thank you Jazz.......

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  • Odd Socks
  • 04-10-2017

Simply OMG

I really liked how inspirational this book is. Made more special by the fact it is actually read by Jazz herself ❤️❤️ A truly amazing book x

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  • Stephen Purvis
  • 19-05-2017

Interview

I was researching what it was like for transgendered people for a job interview as an Occupational Therapist working in the field.

Found it a very valuable resource & also very enjoyable and enlightened to read

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  • Antony
  • 03-03-2017

The BEST inspirational book for the transgender society!

If your transgender, you'll heard of Jazz Jennings. She has done a lot of hard work to help make the lives of transgender people much more enjoyable! I'm transgender but I wish I'd be able to be so confident about the situation. And, if you are transgender, listen to this audiobook. It has helped me to realise that if Jazz hadn't been transgender, I'm sure there would have been nobody to support the transgender community and so we should all thank Jazz.

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  • Normunds Cukermanis
  • 15-09-2016

most entertaining book I have ever read!

I think you should really buy this book it's so entertaining and you won't get bored

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  • E. Mirza
  • 09-07-2016

Wonderful and truly inspirational

A truly moving and heart felt journey of a young woman trying to break down the boundaries that Trans people face and help make the world a better place for all.

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