All Boy | Review

Title: All Boy
Author: Mia Kerick
Pages: 373 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Lakewater Press
Rating: ★★★★


Seventeen-year-old Callie Canter knows all about screwing up—and being screwed over. After her so-called boyfriend publicly humiliated her senior year, taking a fifth year of high school at Beaufort Hills Academy is her second chance to leave behind a painful past. But her need for social acceptance follows, and going along with the in-crowd is the difference between survival and becoming a target. Staying off the radar is top priority. So, falling for an outsider is the last thing on Callie’s ‘to-do’ list. Too bad her heart didn’t get the memo.

With his strict, religious upbringing and former identity far away in Florida, Jayden Morrissey can finally be true to himself at Beaufort Hills Academy. But life as a trans man means keeping secrets, and keeping secrets means not getting too close to anyone. If he can just get through his fifth year unnoticed, maybe a future living as the person he was born to be is possible. Yet love is love, and when you fall hard enough, intentions crumble, plans detour, and secrets are revealed.

From multi-award-winning author Mia Kerick, comes a powerful, timely, and life-changing novel, which follows two teenagers nursing broken hearts and seeking acceptance, and who together realize running away isn’t always the answer.


This book was provided by the author through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Mia Kerick and Chapter by Chapter!

All Boy tells the story of Callie and a transgender boy called Jayden. This book talks about religion, being transgender, and humiliation.

All Boy is the first book I’ve read by Mia Kerick and I liked the story. I love reading books about transgenders because I kind of want to understand what they’re going through and how they feel. Last month I read another book about a transgender and I really liked it. I love reading books with lgbt+ characters and All Boy was definitely a good read!

I really liked Jayden, the transgender boy. I could understand him and I loved reading in his perspective. I also really liked that Mia Kerick decided to give Jayden a religious family because I think that a lot of lgbt+ people struggle even more with their sexuality, etc. because they’re religious or their parents are religious.

I didn’t always like reading in Callie’s perspective but at the same time I did like reading in her perspective. I have some mixed feelings but that’s probably because I couldn’t really relate to her because we’re so different.

I liked All Boy and I cannot wait to discover more books by Mia Kerick!