Some Assembly Required

The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen

Some Assembly Required

For Ages: 14 and up
Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning memoir.

We’ve all felt uncomfortable in our own skin at some point, and we’ve all been told that “it’s just a part of growing up.” But for Arin Andrews, it wasn’t a phase that would pass. He had been born in the body of a girl and there seemed to be no relief in sight…

In this revolutionary memoir, Arin details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a girl, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes—both mental and physical—he experienced once his transition began. Arin also writes about the thrill of meeting and dating a young transgender woman named Katie Hill…and the heartache that followed after they broke up.

Some Assembly Required is a true coming-of-age story about knocking down obstacles and embracing family, friendship, and first love. But more than that, it is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481416757 | 
  • September 2014 | 
  • Grades 8 and up

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A Reading Group Guide to

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life

of a Transgender Teen

By Arin Andrews

About the Book

In this first-of-its-kind memoir, Arin Andrews details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a boy in a girl’s body, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes—both mental and physical—he experienced once his transition began.

Some Assembly Required is a true coming-of-age story about knocking down obstacles and embracing family, friendship, and first love. But more than that, it is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required.

Prereading Discussion Questions

1. What role does gender play in our society?

2. What role does self-acceptance play in a person’s happiness?

Discussion Questions

1. Arin begins his memoir by telling the reader about his night at the prom. How does this set the stage for his story? Why do you think he chose to open with this event?

2. Describe Arin’s relationship with Darian. How does it change him?

3. Why did see more

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Two teens. Two struggles. Two unforgettable stories. Now available in one ebook, Arin Andrews and Katie Hill share their personal journeys of undergoing gender reassignment in two inspiring memoirs: Some Assembly Required and Rethinking Normal.About Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen:We’ve all felt uncomfortable in our own skin at some point, and we’ve all been told that “it’s just a part of growing up.” But for Arin Andrews, it...
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About the Author

Arin Andrews
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Arin Andrews

Arin Andrews graduated from high school in 2014. He enjoys hiking, camping, and motocross. Some Assembly Required is his first book. Arin lives in Oklahoma. Visit him on YouTube (RockClimber712), Instagram (@ArinAndrews), Facebook (Facebook.com/ArinAndrews), and Twitter (@Arin_Andrews).

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