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What People Are Saying About An Unexpected Turn

The short story by Brianna Nicole Austin, An Unexpected Turn, is currently ranking #293 on Amazon, with 81% of reviews 5 stars, and 19% 3 stars. Here is what they’ve said.

An Unexpected Turn: A coming of age by [Brianna Nicole Austin]

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When a young boy dabbles in compulsive behavior and gets caught by his mother, it sets off a series of desperate responses by her to conceal it from her friends. The result is a sequence of comical, painful, and heartfelt results and realizations that will change their lives following an unexpected turn of events.

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Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2020

I enjoyed reading this book. Well written story easy to follow story line. Kind of the life every transgender person dreams of. Hope to see more like this from you.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2020

This story was nominally set in 1969 to 1973.
The story is quite typical of transition in the 21st century.
The story of Ricky becoming Maria, and the help Dorothy provides are excellent examples of how teens have been diagnosed and treated in the past 20-25 years.
Of course, in 1969, Harry Benjamin’s papers on Transsexual standards of care were wildly contested by the medical community. There was an ongoing feud between Benjamin and Paul McHugh. McHugh had learned of the disastrous results of the Johns Hopkins sex change surgeries of the early 60s. What McHugh didn’t mention was the lack of screening, and the poorly trained surgeons whose operations were disappointing at least.Blockers weren’t discovered until the late 80s, and before that, Hormone therapy was much larger dosages of estrogen in combination with progesterone. The high dosages of estrogen would effectively shut down testosterone production. Use of Spironolactone and Finistride to stop testosterone production came in the late 80s.And Gender Confirmation Surgery, which was still called Sex Change Surgery in the 70s, was never performed on minors even with parental consent. Even today surgeries before age 18 are extremely rare in the United States.This book was very trip down memory lane for me.All that said, I would recommend this book, especially to the parents of a child they think might be transgender.


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Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2020

I felt like I was reading an outline of a story intead of the story itself. 90% of this story is told and not shown. For example we get told that Marie is exuberant instead of seeing scene where she’s being exuberant. As e result it comes of impersonal we never feel like we know any of the characters as we’re told about their traits and their struggles but we never really see them.

With that said I feel like the foundation for a great story is here and I’d encourage the author to rewrite the story using this as an outline for the flow of the story. Write some scene in the beginning that introduce the characters by showing them interacting with each other showing us their character instead of telling us what their character traits are. Then dive into the meat of the story of Ricky getting caught by his mother dressing as a girl.

If the author does rewrite the book I will definitely rebuy it and reread it.

What People Are Saying About An Unexpected Turn

Lord Stile

Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020

This was a very nicely written story. I think it could have gone into more detail on her transition into the girls’ school, more about her years getting acquainted with herself during the transition, and perhaps even extending a bit into collegiate life. I would certainly have enjoyed reading about such. Excellent initial foray into this genre, and I look forward to future works!


Muffy Williams

Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2020

Few thing are perfect, even I think I have made a mistake or two. It helps not to be able to remember tham.

A well done, pleasant, and interesting which could profit greatly from some edit assistance. That comes with practice, so please continue.


Tom Peashey

Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2020

This story is on the short side but gives a positive slant as to how a teen TG would wish her family to react to her reality and help guide her to the necessary decisions to live the life her brain desires.

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Mandy Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 30, 2020

A pleasant short story which I enjoyed.
I started off by raiding my sister’s wardrobe but didn’t get my first makeup lesson until much later in life but the thrill was just as Maria experienced.

Read more excerpts of An Unexpected Turn in the eBook free (or buy) HERE

This male to female crossdresser story is fiction, but I’m sure many of you have experienced some of these scenes and/or fantasized about them.

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Brianna Nicole Austin is an author, writer, columnist and journalist and editor of from New York City, now living abroad.
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