This novel is aimed at teenagers, however I believe that many cisgender adults can learn something valuable from reading it, too. The story is told from the point of view of thirteen-year-old Sam, who has always looked up to his older brother Jason. But when Jason turns seventeen, he makes a startling confession to his family: he says that he has never felt “right” in his male body, and that he thinks he is actually a girl. Jason gets scant sympathy from his parents, who both work in government and cannot deal with the potential scandal. And Sam, whose brother has always been there for him, now finds it difficult to do the same as he struggles to come to terms with this revelation. Fiction is an incredible medium that can lead the reader to empathise with characters and situations when we may not have done so in real life. Boyne also cleverly tells the story through the eyes of a heterosexual boy, who could stand in as a place-holder for many people out there, of any age or gender, who find it difficult to accept and understand the plight of transgender people.