Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen

by Jazz Jennings

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Get ready for season 4 of the popular TLC show I Am JazzTeen advocate and trailblazer Jazz Jennings—named one of “The 25 Most Influential Teens” of the year by Time—shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths.
“[Jazz’s] touching book serves as a rallying cry for understanding and acceptance.”—Bustle
Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series—I Am Jazz—making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults.
In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn’t all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all, her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don't understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence—particularly high school—complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy—especially when you began your life in a boy’s body.

“Jazz is one of the transgender community's most important activists.”  —Cosmopolitan
“A role model for teens everywhere.” —
“Wise beyond her years.” Teen Vogue

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399554667
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 436,563
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
File size: 34 MB
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Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jazz Jennings is a trans woman, YouTube celebrity, spokesmodel, activist, and author of the picture book I Am Jazz. She has a docu-series about her life also called I Am Jazz on TLC, which started airing in July 2015. She was named toTime’s “Most Influential Teens” list two years in a row, was one of Huffington Post’s “14 Most Fearless Teens,” and was the youngest person ever featured onOut’s “Out 100,” as well as on Advocate’s “40 Under 40” list. In 2014, she was named a Human Rights Campaign Youth Ambassador and received LogoTV’s Youth Trailblazer Award. Jazz also hosts a series of videos about her life on YouTube and is the face of Clean & Clear’s latest ad campaign. You can follow her on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter at @jazzjennings__, or subscribe to her YouTube channel.

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Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading! A complicated topic for a very lovely young teen to be explaining. Jazz's voice comes through authentic and honest. Can't wait to see her continue to do great things!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is your guys problem. Jazz is a girl and only a girl. She always has been. It dosent matter what she was at birth. All that matters is now and rigth now she looks happy the way things are. This isnt a phase or a sick addiction. No, its her way of expressing how she feels. She is probably one of the bravest people on this earth. Just think in a rural universe what if you were transgender? It makes no sense to say rude and awful things to a human being. And remember your as human as she is. We all are. What joy do you get for making others feel bad about themselves. You wouldnt like it if people did these rude things to you. And i know it. So dont say anything about Jazz or anyone you may think is different then you in any way. Because everyone is unique. There are so many poepl in the world who want to be something or somebody. And they cant becuase of people like you who beat them down for know reason. Make them feel horrible. Make them not want to wake up in the morning. You make them feel like outcast. What makes no sense is that no parent would ever raise there child to be cruel and cold hearted. What pleasure is there in knowing that kids around the world are phisicaly hurting themselves because of cyborbulling. Its like you want bad things to happen to her 'cause she isnt like other girls. So what. Like i said before. Jazz is a girl and always has been.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am the grandmother of two Transgender grandchildren ages 14 and 20. This was a great read for me, it was amazing how each family member loved and supported Jazz through her transition. I wish the best for my grandchildren and am going to recommend that they read Jazz's books and watch her show on tv. I enjoyed the book.
Nicole_Romano22 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much it help me understand how the world is treating the transgender people…. But NOT!!!! Fully but somewhat understand what some of them are going went through like Jazz Jennings. she was really young and when she was at school or in public she was treated differently… When I first watched her TV show “I Am Jazz” on TLC I kinda freaked out because it was just like a just discovered a new part of the world that I didn't even know that its exist. I understood what she went through with the preschool dance recital and not letting her wear a little tutus and pink dresses they just letting her be in her yellow shorts and her pink t-shirt with a few Disney Princesses on it. In preschool the school board didn't even let her use the girls restroom in school she was only allowed to use the boy bathroom until Jazz mother fought them on it then they let her use the teacher restroom when she need to go. And in the preschool the school board discussion to not let her wear a skirt to school only if she wore a shorts underneath them. And she was so mad it was so unfair. And it was the school dress code when they weren't allowing her to wear a skirt without shorts underneath them because they said they could see her boy parts. Jazz Jennings loved to play soccer she even made it to the traveling soccer team she was only allowed to go only if she was on the boys team.......................................................................................... I love this book so much you should read it it is so Interesting and it will help you understand a little better how they life is everyday
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books like these everybpdy should read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jazz Jennings is an inspiration to people trans and not. I'm not trans and she inspires me. She lets me know that i can do anything with the right mindset
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jazz might be transgender but she is still a human being even if she use to be a boy
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guys plz use peoples preferred pronouns. Plz!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Depression is serious we all know that and I hope he ( not she) recovers from his emotional challenges. I think that someone like this who change their physical body in hopes of macking life better is doing so in self pitty almost like an alcoholic