Act Cool

Act Cool by Tobly McSmith
Tobly McSmith
4
Oct 21, 2021

August Greene is a trans teen that attends a prestigious performing arts school in New York, where he feels his true self. He made a promise to his parents that he won’t transition; if he does, he would have to attend conversion therapy. He tries to be himself with his friends, and, at the same time, satisfy his parents’ wishes.

This book struck a ton of emotions in me; it made me sad and angry. There are many situations in this book that are heavy and difficult. This book is all about self-acceptance and identity. This book is also about family, how you can also make a family with the people you choose. I think that it is good that the book has trigger warnings in the beginning, since this book gets dark. I like the character of August; he has depth and stirs many feelings in me. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading books about identity and coming of age.

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Marium K.

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