Book Review: The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Genre(s): Young adult; Middle grade; LGBT

28371999Plot: Twelve-year-old Shane Woods is just a regular boy. He loves pitching for his baseball team, working on his graphic novel, and hanging out with his best friend, Josh. But Shane is keeping something private, something that might make a difference to his teammates, to Josh, and to his new crush, Madeline. And when a classmate threatens to reveal his secret, Shane’s whole world comes crashing down. It will take a lot of courage for Shane to ignore the hate and show the world that he’s still the same boy he was before. And in the end, those who stand beside him may surprise everyone, including Shane.





  • I’d never seen trans* content in middle grade before, and that was really refreshing
  • Shane’s journey is really emotional and realistic
  • I love that he’s working on a graphic novel and that we get to see snippets of it
  • His mother is so supportive
  • Josh is a cool bro
  • Shane is a Giants fan living in Dodger country – and I can relate (which makes me want to be besties with Hennessey tbh)
  • Shane is ALSO  a fricking Browncoat – seriously coolest middle schooler EVER


  • This kid’s dad pissed me the hell off

My Thoughts: I literally typed “LGBT” into the search at the children’s library and grabbed the first novel it gave me. I was not disappointed. For a middle-grade book, this is actually pretty heavy content. It’s not presented in a way that’s heavy or hard to follow — Shane’s journey is just part of growing up. I think this would be a good place to start for someone curious about LGBT lit, for trans* kids going through their own struggles, or to help explain trans* kids.

I think my favorite thing about this book was that Shane’s mom was so supportive. And the fact that she was a midwife. Seriously, mom of the year.

M.G. Hennessey

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