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Welcome to St Hell:My Trans Teen Misadventure – Lewis Hancox

Lewis has a few things to say to his younger teen self. He knows she hates her body. He knows she’s confused about who to snog. He knows she’s really a he and will ultimately realize this… but she’s going to go through a whole lot of mess (some of it funny, some of it not funny at all) to get to that point. Lewis is trying to tell her this… but she’s refusing to listen.

In WELCOME TO ST. HELL, author-illustrator Lewis Hancox takes readers on the hilarious, heartbreaking, and healing path he took to make it past trauma, confusion, hurt, and dubious fashion choices in order to become the man he was meant to be. It’s a remarkable, groundbreaking graphic memoir from an unmistakably bold new voice in comics.

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This incredible graphic novel strips back down to the authors true feelings about developing in their teen life. It shows the story of them coming out as gay, then as trans over a difficult period of not-knowing.

This book is a fantastic, realistic representation of what life is like as a trans teen, with all the questions Lewis had himself growing up and how he navigated different parts of this, from the people he spoke to and the people he kept things from. There were very raw bits of the story that i’m sure would have been difficult for Lewis to relive… but he did it and its going to help so many young people in their journey.

The graphic novel format was a fantastic method of showing Lewis’ stroy. For one, Lewis is a brilliant artist and I loved that he’s decided to share this story through this method. Two, it feels like a more of a “fun” way to approach what is going to be a senstive subject for some people, especially those trying to work out the answers to their own questions.

Welcome to St Hell tells the story of Lewis when he was known as Lois, as he started school and through to his college years. There were little bits of the story told from his adult point of view, his adult self pops up every now and then to tell his teen self little bits, or to comment on what was going on. His parents and friends also do this. So you have them as the age they were when Lewis was a teenager, and the things they did and said, but then you have them as the age they are when Lewis was writing, making comments about how life was for them, watching what Lewis was going through.

The best bit about having the perspective for these characters from both “now” and “then” was that you saw how much people learn, and develop their understanding. Lewis’ dad obviously didn’t get what was going on with his child back then. However, through watching Lewis transition and knowing who he is now has obviously been a learning curve and offered him the space to understand better. There was so much love for Lewis from all of the characters in this book and I felt so happy that Lewis had these people around him because he would have had others that totally didnt understand around him too.

Welcome to St Hell was published by Scholastic on June 2nd 2022, my copy was sent to me in exchange for a honest review.

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