Birthday / Meredith Russo.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Eric: There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other's side--as Morgan's mom died, as he moved across town, as I joined the football team, as my parents started fighting. But sometimes I worry that Morgan and I won't be best friends forever. That there'll be a day, a minute, a second, where it all falls apart and there's no turning back the clock. Morgan: I know that every birthday should feel like a new beginning, but I'm trapped in this mixed-up body, in this wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than me, a mom I miss more than anything, and a best friend who can never know my biggest secret. Maybe one day I'll be ready to become the person I am inside. To become her. To tell the world. To tell Eric. But when? Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan's destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they're meant to be--and if they're meant to be together.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Eric and Morgan decided they were best friends for life. They've stuck by each other's side as Morgan's mom died, as he moved across town, as Eric joined the football team, as his parents started fighting. But Morgan feels trapped in a mixed-up body, in a wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than his son, and a best friend who can never know his biggest secret. Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan's destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they're meant to be-- and if they're meant to be together. -- adapted from jacket
    • ISBN:
      9781250129833
      1250129834
    • Accession Number:
      2019007978
    • Accession Number:
      on1031918480
      1031918480
    • Accession Number:
      fay.663507
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      RUSSO, M. Birthday. First Edition. [s. l.]: Flatiron Books, 2019. ISBN 9781250129833. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.663507. Acesso em: 12 jul. 2020.
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      Russo M. Birthday. First Edition. Flatiron Books; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.663507. Accessed July 12, 2020.
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      Russo M. Birthday. First Edition. Flatiron Books; 2019. Accessed July 12, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.663507
    • APA:
      Russo, M. (2019). Birthday (First Edition.). Flatiron Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Russo, Meredith. 2019. Birthday. First Edition. Flatiron Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.663507.
    • Harvard:
      Russo, M. (2019) Birthday. First Edition. Flatiron Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.663507 (Accessed: 12 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Russo, M 2019, Birthday, First Edition., Flatiron Books, viewed 12 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Russo, Meredith. Birthday. First Edition., Flatiron Books, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.663507.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Russo, Meredith. Birthday. First Edition. Flatiron Books, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.663507.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Russo M. Birthday [Internet]. First Edition. Flatiron Books; 2019 [cited 2020 Jul 12]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.663507

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2

*Starred Review* Morgan has an urgent secret that he keeps, even from his lifelong best friend Eric: he desperately wants, no, needs to be a girl. Oblivious, Eric, who is straight, only suspects Morgan might be gay, and Morgan himself wonders if he might be. Though Morgan doesn't know it, Eric has his own secret: he can't stop wondering what things would be like if his friend were a girl. But what could these feelings mean? Grappling with how to be his authentic self, Morgan angrily decides to deny his truth and be the most masculine boy he can, leaving Eric to feel his friend is disappearing. Will they, as they turn 18, be able to resolve their feelings about themselves and each other? Readers will gradually find out, since both' first-person points of view are represented in alternate chapters. The story proceeds a year at a time, skipping from one birthday to the next, from 14 to 18, as readers learn more about the Eric and Morgan's tangled, complex feelings and their parallel lives. Russo does a superb job of capturing and dramatizing Morgan's agony and Eric's confusion, exciting her readers' deep empathy. Beautifully written, this is an altogether singular contribution to the gradually growing body of transgender literature and, indeed, to mainstream literature as well. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Fall

This dual-point-of-view novel visits friends Morgan and Eric on their shared birthday each year from ages thirteen to eighteen. Morgan is transgender, secretly so (and male-presenting) for much of the book. Eric's father objects to the friendship, which eventually takes on romantic elements--and related strain. Russo doesn't shy away from heavy subjects, including abuse and suicide, but also shows how a difficult situation can reach a mostly happy ending. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2019 #3

This dual-point-of-view novel visits Morgan and Eric, close friends from a small town in Tennessee, on their shared birthday each year from ages thirteen to eighteen. Morgan is transgender, secretly so (and male-presenting) for much of the book, and birthday messages left behind by her deceased mother are painful reminders of the son Mom had imagined her to be. Eric's father is physically abusive and objects to Eric's friendship with Morgan, both because he feels they're too close and because he views Morgan as effeminate. That friendship eventually takes on romantic elements—and related strain. Russo (Stonewall Award winner for If I Was Your Girl, rev. 7/16, and herself a transgender woman from Tennessee) doesn't shy away from the difficulties of these dynamics in a town whose residents display ignorance about and hateful attitudes toward people with queer identities; the two protagonists' first-person narrations provide close looks at their internal conflicts (which, in Morgan's case, include suicidal ideation, eventually leading to a suicide attempt). But telling this story over a period of years is a smart approach, one that shows how a very difficult situation can reach a mostly happy ending—even if it takes a long time to get there. shoshana flax Copyright 2019 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 April #2

Stonewall Award winner Russo (If I Was Your Girl) tackles teen love, heartbreak, sexuality, and gender identity in this novel told over the course of six years through the alternating voices of transgender girl Morgan and cisgender boy Eric, two childhood best friends who share the same birthday. As the story opens in their Tennessee town on their 13th birthday, Morgan has realized that the gender she was assigned at birth doesn't fit who she truly is. The only person Morgan wants to share this information with is Eric; Morgan reasons that if Eric accepts her, then everything will be fine. But her attempts to tell Eric fail, and by day's end, Morgan feels even more alone. Russo's narrative revisits the characters each year on their birthdays, and over time Morgan moves closer to embracing her true self while dealing with bullies and harassment. Meanwhile, Eric navigates an abusive father, a desire to play guitar over football, and a growing attraction to Morgan. Russo weaves together a series of short stories, encapsulating each year of development in a snapshot without losing character depth. A realistic picture of the challenges that teens may face when finding themselves and falling in love. Ages 13–up. Agent: Hayley Wagreich and Joelle Hobeika, Alloy Entertainment. (May)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.