THE TRANSFORMATION OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY
AMY ELLIS NUTT
NCC's Common Reading for 2016-2017
Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys. It wasn’t long before they noticed a difference between twins Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things little boys were “supposed” to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress-up and playing Little Mermaid. By the time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt’s insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the following years, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept and embrace Wyatt’s transition to Nicole, and to undergo an emotionally wrenching transformation of their own that would change all their lives forever.
Becoming Nicole chronicles a journey that could have destroyed a family but instead brought it closer together. Their story of a mother whose instincts told her that her child needed love and acceptance, not rejection and disapproval; of a father who overcame his deepest fears to become a vocal advocate for trans rights; of a loving brother who bravely stuck up for his twin sister; and of a town that was forced to confront its prejudices, a school obliged to rewrite it’s rules, and a courageous community of transgender activists determined to make their voices heard.