"There are a lot of things about Morgan’s experiences that don’t match my own, but Meredith Russo captures the experience of struggling with figuring out one’s gender, the fear of coming out, and the visceral feeling of wrong that is dysphoria, in a way that made me feel seen in a way that even other depictions of trans or non-binary characters never have before.
I’m not going to lie—this is a hard book. It left me feeling raw, and emotional in the four or five hours it took me to read it. But (spoiler) it does have a happy ending, and I set the book down simultaneously filled with joy, and wanting to burst into tears."
Two best friends. A shared birthday. Six years...
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. From the award-winning author of If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo, comes a heart-wrenching and universal story of identity, first love, and fate.
“Beautifully written, Birthday is an altogether singular contribution to the gradually growing body of transgender literature and, indeed, to mainstream literature, as well.” ―ALA Booklist, starred review