Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man by Chaz Bono

Transition: The Story of How I Became a ManTransition: The Story of How I Became a Man by Chaz Bono
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

While the sentence structure and wording is well done, this book could have benefited from some better organization. The book is roughly chronological, but also jumps around too much.

Chaz mentions a large number of relationships; family, friendships, girlfriends, but barely explores any of them. When he speaks about his relationships, in this book, he doesn’t go much beyond whether or not the person accepts him (as a person, as gay, as transgendered).

Perhaps previous books had explored these relationships further and he felt that in this book, it was no longer necessary?

He does talk about his experiences and touches on his own feelings. However, I feel like way too much time was spent in defense mode; constantly defending his decision to transition. Perhaps that’s just a reaction to having been persecuted for so many decades or having been put off by the idea of being transgendered himself. I didn’t feel it was necessary to put energy into defending his decision beyond the first chapter or so.

Other than that, it wasn’t a bad book. It held my attention, and I got to know a little bit more about Chaz and his family.

It’s also the only celebrity written memoir I’ve ever read, so I don’t have much basis for comparison.

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