Rethinking Normal

A Memoir in Transition

Rethinking Normal

For Ages: 14 and up
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In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, nineteen-year-old Katie Rain Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment. Now with a reading group guide!

Katie Rain Hill realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers’ bullying and the mounting pressure to be “normal,” Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that “Katie”—the girl trapped within her—was determined to live.

In this first-person account, Katie reflects on her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was like to navigate the dating world—and experience heartbreak for the first time—in a body that matched her gender identity.

Told in an unwaveringly honest voice, Rethinking Normal is a coming-of-age story about transcending physical appearances and redefining the parameters of “normalcy” to embody one’s true self.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481418249 | 
  • September 2015 | 
  • Grades 8 and up | 
  • Lexile ® 880L
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A Reading Group Guide for

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition

By Katie Rain Hill

 

About the Book

In this first-person account, Katie reflects on her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was like to navigate the dating world—and experience heartbreak for the first time—in a body that matched her gender identity.

Told in an unwaveringly honest voice, Rethinking Normal is a coming-of-age story about transcending physical appearances and redefining the parameters of “normalcy” to embody one’s true self.

Prereading Discussion Questions

1. What is the meaning of transgender? Dysphoric? Where have you heard these terms used before and in what context?

2. Do you care about how others see you? If so, why are others’ opinions about you important? Think of an instance when it has been important to you how you were viewed by others.

Discussion Questions

1. What character traits does Katie display in the prologue? Is it significant to what happens in the story that her memoir begins with these character traits? Why?

2. Katie structures her memoir by describing her present experiences in college see more

More Books from this Author

Two teens. Two struggles. Two unforgettable stories. Now available in one ebook, Arin Andrews and Katie Hill share their personal journeys of undergoing gender reassignment in two inspiring memoirs: Some Assembly Required and Rethinking Normal.

About Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen:
We’ve all felt uncomfortable in our own skin at some point, and we’ve all been told that “it’s just a part of growing up.” But for Arin Andrews, it...

About the Author

Katie Rain Hill
Photograph by Ted E. Lane

Katie Rain Hill

Katie Rain Hill is a student at the University of Tulsa majoring in anthropology and sociology. She wrote this memoir while studying for exams, writing term papers, working part-time as a pharmaceutical technician, and advocating for LGBTQA rights. Rethinking Normal is her first book.

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