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The Bride Was a Boy: 01/23/20
The Bride Was a Boy by Chii is a manga memoir about romance and transition in Japan. Chii writes about her childhood and her early adulthood when she realized she was a girl.
Mostly it covers her romance, engagement, and marriage to her husband. Except for the wedding — most of the book is pre-surgery.
It's a sweet book about falling love and the lengths a person will go for their significant other. As the laws in Japan regarding gender and marriage are different than here in California. Given the messiness that is law in the United States, I'm not going to hazard a guess about how Japanese law compares to the other forty-nine states.
But this short manga is one glimpse into the life of a transgender Japanese woman. It's presented with humor and frankness. It's approachable for young readers. My daughter read it in middle school before I did, drawn to it because she has transgender friends.