Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen
Jazz Jennings purpose of her autobiography is to raise awareness of the LGBTIA community and educate those in need of education in the topic. The book 'Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen' is about the life and struggles of her personal experience of being a transgender teen and the hurdles she had to overcome.
Jennings made it clear as soon as she could speak that she was female, and, although the family presented her publicly in gender-neutral clothing, she wanted to be presented in feminine clothing. When Jazz Jennings was only two years old, she asked her mother when a fairy was going to change her from a boy to a girl. Now 16 years old, and nine years on from the beginning of her transition to a female, Jazz is a transgender young woman with a unique perspective and some unexpected daily experiences. Jaron Jennings was Jazz's original name but when she first came into the spotlight when Barbara Walters came to see her and her family's life, her parents didn't want all of the paparazzi coming to their house so they changed all of their names. The then Jaron wanted a more feminine name so she chose Jazz and that's how it's been ever since. Throughout her lifetime Jazz's family has been very private about their house location but from the information Jazz gave us in her autobiography, the interviews on Barbara Walters and her TV show 'I Am Jazz', she lives in America. After her parents set up the greatly acclaimed charity TransKids Purple Rainbow to assist transgender youth, she won the 27th Annual GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards for the 'Outstanding Reality Program' in 2016 for her TV show 'I Am Jazz'. As well as being named one of "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014" the prestigious magazine, Time.
'Being Jazz, is a book written so people can read it. It is written to capture the reader's heart and toy with your emotions. With her voice styled writing the book was captivating as well as giving us some strong and powerful message and themes such as; never giving up no matter how hard the battle is, if people don't accept you for who you are not worth fighting for, be yourself no matter what anyone says and that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. From battling a two and a half year long case so that she could play soccer with the girls, to winning amazing and prestigious LGBTI awards, her family has stood by her through all of it. Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen is suitable for children between the ages of 12 and 18.