Lily and Dunkin is the story of two teenagers who become friends. They each have their own significant issues, as one is transgender and the other one has bipolar disorder. Lily, whose initial name was Timothy, fights to obtain hormone blockers in order to become a girl, while Dunkin, whose real name is Norbert has just moved away from New-Jersey, because his father committed suicide while suffering from bipolar disorder, a mental health disease that Dunkin also suffers from. This book is very touching and heartwarming as we walk in the shoes of 2 teenagers who, surrounded by the people they love, overcome some major hardships and become true friends. It is also very informative and is meant for middle-grade readers: it made me aware of some issues that some children are faced with and that I would never had imagined. When I first discovered this book, I wasn’t sure I would like it, and I was quite reluctant to read it; it turns out however that not only did it make me a more understanding person, it also made me (and probably every other person that would read it) more accepting towards people who are different and their struggles.
Rating: (5 / 5)
Release Date: 2016
Author: Donna Gephart
Publishing House: Delacorte Press