Author: Agnes Borinksy

Narrator: Agnes Borinksy

Publication Date: November 10, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

In this #OwnVoices LGBTQ young adult debut, Alex comes to realize his true identity as a young woman named Sasha Masha.

Alex feels like he is in the wrong body. His skin feels strange against his bones. And then comes Tracy, who thinks he’s adorably awkward, who wants to kiss him, who makes him feel like a Real Boy. But it is not quite enough. Something is missing. Is the missing piece a part of Alex himself?

As Alex grapples with his identity, he finds himself trying on dresses and swiping on lipstick in the quiet of his bedroom. He meets Andre, a gay boy who is beautiful and unafraid to be who he is. Slowly, Alex begins to realize: Maybe his name isn’t Alex at all. Maybe it’s Sasha Masha.

Transgender author Agnes Borinksy deftly explores gender identity and queer romance in this heart-wrenchingly honest debut novel.

Book Review

Sasha masha is a coming of age novel focusing on gender identity.

Alex has always felt like he didn’t fit in. After his best friend moves away, he tries harder to fit in. He starts hanging out with a new group of friends and has a new girlfriend, but something is still off for Alex. Alex then becomes friends with Andre, a boy that isn’t afraid to be who he is and flaunts his gay identity. Alex realizes his name might actually be Sasha Masha.

Sasha Masha was short quick read and definitely worth the time. I enjoyed reading about Alex’s struggles leading to his true identity. Alex was such an easy character to like from the beginning. I felt bad for him throughout the book. I felt like this book was a glimpse into some of the problems the transgender community faces which is a subject not brought up enough.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Agnes Borinsky and enjoyed her narration. I love when the author narrates their books because the reader really gets to hear the author’s emotions.

Thank you, Tantor Audio, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux by Sasha Masha.

About the Author

Agnes Borinsky is a playwright and performer, originally from Baltimore and currently living in Los Angeles. Her plays have been produced and developed by Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Target Margin, Page 73, Ensemble Studio Theatre, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Masrah Ensemble in Beirut, Upstream Theater in St. Louis, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and her writing has appeared in n+1, The Brooklyn Rail, Slate, and HowlRound. A 2014–2015 LMCC Workspace resident, Agnes was a member of Youngblood from 2010 to 2016. She has otherwise performed and developed work in basements, backyards, bars, circus tents, and theaters. Sasha Masha is her debut novel.

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