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A dark & sweet coming of age fairy tale about becoming who you are.
Leaving the city was not Vernon's choice. Neither was moving into an old house in a bumpkin-run town in the Cascadian forest, where the shadows move and the stairs make a sound like dying crows. It's a relief when Vernon discovers a space inside the walls of his bedroom, a space inhabited by a mysterious girl named Violet. Violet's nothing like Vernon. She's pretty and cool, and she has a closetful of cute clothes. But as Vernon and Violet become friends, Vernon starts to realize that she's much more like him than he thought, leading him down a fairy-tale path of self-discovery. Out of the closet and into the world.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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Vernon has just moved to a quiet new little town, the type of town where different really stands out like a Christmas tree in the desert! Vernon is used to standing out but not this much and its making him feel very uncomfortable especially with the skin he's in.
Oh my this is one of the most gorgeous stories I've read! my heart well and truly went out to Vernon/Violet and the internal struggles their dealing with. with the self harming section I felt like somebody had stepped into my head and put my feelings on paper, when I was a lot younger I used to cut because I felt like it released what I couldn't say. I felt every raw emotion going, the doubt the fear the hope the love and the warmth from finally being able to find her true being.
Its nice to be able to have a bit of an understanding of the internal struggle a transgender can go through and how much pain they can deal with and the importance of having a good support network. I wish there were more understanding and willingness to learn in this world
An absolutely gorgeous story, heart-breaking and heart-warming all at the same time
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Katy is a queer transwoman writing strange and sentimental horror fiction. She lives in the forests of Cascadia with her spouse their three catchildren. Her first novella, Winnie, was released by Eraserhead Press in May 2018.