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Book Review: The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

"Love, Simon meets Friday Night Lights in this feelgood LGBTQ+ romance about a trans teen torn between standing up for his rights and staying stealth.


'A sharply observant and vividly drawn debut. I loved every minute I spent in this story' - Becky Albertalli


Fifteen-year-old Spencer Harris is a proud nerd, an awesome big brother and a Messi-in-training. He's also transgender. After transitioning at his old school leads to a year of bullying, Spencer gets a fresh start at Oakley, the most liberal private school in Ohio.


At Oakley, Spencer seems to have it all: more accepting classmates, a decent shot at a starting position on the boy's soccer team, great new friends, and maybe even something more than friendship with one of his teammates. The problem is, no one at Oakley knows Spencer is trans - he's passing.


So when a discriminatory law forces Spencer's coach to bench him after he discovers the 'F' on Spencer's birth certificate, Spencer has to make a choice: cheer his team on from the sidelines or publicly fight for his right to play, even if it means coming out to everyone - including the guy he's falling for."

Pages: 304

I received an advanced physical copy of The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour organised by Pride Book Tours. Thank you so much to Isaac, Penguin Platform and Pride Book Tours for having me on the tour!

In The Passing Playbook we follow our protagonist Spencer, a transgender fifteen year old, as he is about to embark on a new school after facing life threatening bullying at his old school. He wants to keep his head down and not draw any attention to himself when he suddenly gets roped into playing for the football team. However when a discriminatory law benches Spencer, he realises that he needs to fight it and may even find love on the way.


I absolutely loved Spencer as a character! He was such an engaging, brave and witty main character! I felt instantly connected to him and I loved watching him become more confident and stand up for himself especially with his family, friends and even the law!

As soon as I picked up this book I knew it was going to be special and I devoured and adored it! I finished the book in a day and it was so brilliant it has quickly become one of my favourite reads of the year so far! The Passing Playbook is a book you can't put down and believe me you won't want to!


Another aspect I loved about the book was how it gave me tools to be a better ally to the transgender community. I will always strive to learn and better educate myself and I am so grateful to the author for helping me on my journey! This is a book that I will definitely be rereading and one that I think everybody should have!


The Passing Playbook is a story of love, friendship, learning how to open yourself up to others and fighting for what you believe in. An absolutely incredible read, thank you so much for the opportunity to be on this tour!


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