This book was a good read, but not totally about growing up in a haunted house. This was more a book on Jennifer's growing up years as a transgendered person with a few sightings of ghosts in his/her house. I would still recommend this book, but not if you are looking for a book totally about ghosts.
The audio version of this book could not be more annoying. I mean it. It could not be. It couldn't even try, because it exhausted itself being so annoying in the first place. It's read by the author, who has a quite passable female voice (male to female transsexual author). Unfortunately, she feels the need to break into song way too often, and the grating, sibilant voice makes you want to shoot yourself in the eardrums. She also feels the need to constantly imitate her "Grammy" in this screeching, high-pitched, mean voice. You won't be able to get through this or the singing. The rest of the book, when the author isn't being so entirely over the top obnoxious, is pretty dry and you may find yourself, as I did, not even noticing it's gone through several minutes. I conked out at CD 4 of 8. Good luck getting further.
I'd been wondering how Boylan could fit her trans-sexual background, along with the story of growing up in a haunted house, under a single premise, but it actually works well. Her being "banished" up to the haunted attic as a teen when the family moves in, rather than being encouraged to take the available bedroom on the second floor where her folks and sister slept, gave the book a rather sad start, but she got through that okay, without being traumatized.
I love the humor in Boylan's work - but it also has a serious side, helping people understand what it means to be transgender. As a bonus, you will feel really great about your own childhood, in comparison to growing up the wrong gendered body.
Readers of this book may appreciate the 4 volume "Jonah Black" series - Diary of a teenage stud - written by the same author under a pseudonym.
And Jennifer Finney Boylan, if you are reading this, can you please put some clips of your piano playing on the web? I am trying to wrap my head around what you wrote.
Very different, but good read. True story about growing up transgender in a haunted house. I found it more spooky than scary. I did like the book it was an engrossing read.
Jimmy is growing up in a haunted house, but he is the one that is really haunted. Jimmy's sole desire is to be a girl. This is a haunting tale and so well written. You love this character, man or woman, and are rooting for the individual the whole time.