Kisses for Jet
Joris Bas Backer, Ameera Rajabali
In 1999, when most people think that the world is about to end with the Y2K crash on the eve of the new Millennium, Jet is just trying to get through high school. When their Mom moves to another country to work on fixing the Millennium bug, Jet is forced to stay at a boarding house while they finish the school year, and they’re not pleased about it.
But something’s not quite right, and it’s not just the out-of-control kids that Jet has to live with, or the staff who look after the boarding house who act super suspiciously. As Jet slowly starts to feel overwhelmed by their peers, they begin to notice that they don’t feel like the other girls in their class. As new feelings start to emerge, Jet slowly begins to realise that they may be more of a boy than a girl.
Is that even possible? And who do they talk to about these feelings when there’s not even any internet around, and cell phones are barely used?
This coming-of-gender graphic novel debut from trans creator Joris Bas Backer is an enlightening and often hilarious tale that casts light on what it was like to be transgender before information and help was more accessible and widespread. Translated and expanded on from the original German edition, this brand-new English edition features even more content for you to experience.
A warm, funny, lived-in book that captures exactly the feeling of having a desire you just. can't place, and the relief when you manage to crack it wide open. * Mattie Lunchansky, The Nib * I really loved Kisses for Jet, an important story that I thought was wonderfully honest and beautifully told. * Eleanor Crewes, author of The Times I Knew I Was Gay * A beautifully drawn story of what's it's like being a trans teen finding their place in the new millennium. Real, intimate and totally captivating. * @thefoxfisher on Instagram * it really meant a lot to me seeing so many of the feelings and experiences related to growing up as a trans boy shown on the page. * @thepictureofashjayy on Instagram * Kisses for Jet is a very likeable blend of coming-of-age drama and humorous insight. * Broken Frontier *
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