Fight. Sleep. Repeat.
That's life for 14-year-old SoCal skate-punk Wylie Masterson. Like most teens, Wylie struggles with authority, puberty, and family. But when you’re a transgender male whose body, family, and society insist that you are female, the struggle to break out and live the life you were meant to live becomes a matter of life and death. Born Willow, Wylie wants nothing more than to escape his oppressive SoCal hometown and live the life he was meant to live—as a man. But, his overly-religious mother has other plans for her “sweet, innocent daughter.”
River Braun is the author of the young adult novel, call me him. Having gone through puberty twice and worked with a national organization assisting with high-risk LGBTQ+ youth, River feels uniquely qualified to write about the emotional turmoil that is growing up in a world where it can feel impossible to find the love and support we crave. He believes that art can help transcend perceived boundaries between “others” — and that is what he strives to do in his novels. His goal: to write the stories he needed as a young person. He lives unconventionally with the love of his life aboard their sailboat SV Plot Twist, somewhere on the seven seas.