On ‘A + E’ by Ryszard Merey

Book #6 in my Trans Rights Readathon week

Tucker Lieberman
4 min readMar 26

illustration of two faces pressed together, one with eye open, the other with eye shut, by Ryszard Merey
A + E cover from tRaum Books

When a delicate, long-haired, deep-voiced gay boy, Asher Machnik, shows up at a new high school, bullies declare they’re uncertain of his gender and beat him up in the boy’s bathroom. Ash takes the janitor’s advice and gets a shorter haircut, but insofar as the bullies have already noticed him and might perceive him as having caved to their power…