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The New Girl

A Trans Girl Tells It Like It Is
Narrated by: Rhyannon Styles
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Summary

The transgender memoir you won't stop hearing about. Rhyannon Styles will do for transgender what Matt Haig did for mental health.

Elle columnist Rhyannon Styles tells her unforgettable life story in The New Girl, charting her incredible journey from male to female. A powerful book about being true to ourselves, for anyone who's ever felt a little lost.

Imagine feeling lost in your own body. Imagine spending years living a lie, denying what makes you you. This was Ryan's reality. He had to choose: die as a man or live as a woman.

In 2012 Ryan made the choice to set Rhyannon free. At the age of 30, Rhyannon began her transition, taking the first steps on the long road to her true self, and the emotional, physical and psychological journey that would change her forever. In a time when the world is finally waking up to transgender people, Rhyannon opens up to us, holding nothing back in this heartbreakingly honest telling of her life. Through her catastrophic lows and incredible highs, Rhyannon paints a picture of what it's like to be transgender in glorious Technicolor. From cabaret drag acts, brushes with celebrity and Parisian clown school to struggles with substance abuse and crippling depression, Rhyannon's story is like nothing you've read before. It is a redemptive, moving and empowering story of how we must fight to be true to ourselves, even if it seems beyond the realms of possibility. This we owe to ourselves.

©2017 Rhyannon Styles (P)2017 Headline Digital

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Liberating

As well as sharing a deeply personal insight into her transition from male to female, Rhyannon Styles' book is an inspiring reminder of the need and responsibility that we each have to truly liberate ourselves.

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Incredibly deep and on point

Exactly the thing to read when you are figuring out who you are. Journey of an intelligent human being.

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Enlightening

I initially struggled with the life of Ryan as it was so different to my own with drugs, drink and performing being dominant. However I persevered and enjoyed it far more when it moved on towards R making the decision to transition and hearing the problems she went through. These mirrored very much my own circumstances only I was born mid 1951 when things were ohhh so different. I am married and struggle to find opportunities to be myself. I have chosen not to transition as I also question whether true happiness will be found trying to make analytical changes to my body. It will not change who I am inside.

I enjoyed the book and found I could not put it down.

Well done Rhyannon

Jenny. xxx

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Awesome

Great life story and I can relate to it a lot. I hope to read more like this.

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Mostly Frustrating

As a trans woman I will broadly support anyone who has the courage to share their story. It's a good thing she's doing. However we're currently swimming in a lot of memoirs at the moment. Some details of her life are fascinating, but I just wish this was more well written, especially if they call themselves a professional columnist.

As for the audiobook it's understandable that Rhiannon read her own book but sadly she is no narrator. Buy the book if you have to. Listening to it won't add to your experience.