Teen Advisory Board (TAB): Ironhead, or, Once a Young Lady by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem


Want to read and discuss the newest teen books? Our Teen Advisory Board's book club is for you! Teens ages 12–18 meet monthly to discuss our current pick and select the following month's pick.

This month we'll be discussing Ironhead, or, Once a Young Lady by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem. Members receive 10% off paperback and 20% off hardback club picks.

*Masks are required.

TAB also meets in Tempe »


For fans of Love, Simon and I Wish You All the Best, a funny, honest, messy, completely relatable story of a girl who realizes that love can be found in many ways that don't involve sex or romance.

From the marvelous author of Heartstopper comes an exceptional YA novel about discovering that it's okay if you don't have sexual or romantic feelings for anyone . . . since there are plenty of other ways to find love and connection.

This is the funny, honest, messy, completely relatable story of Georgia, who doesn't understand why she can't crush and kiss and make out like her friends do. She's surrounded by the narrative that dating + sex = love. It's not until she gets to college that she discovers the A range of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum -- coming to understand herself as asexual/aromantic. Disrupting the narrative that she's been told since birth isn't easy -- there are many mistakes along the way to inviting people into a newly found articulation of an always-known part of your identity. But Georgia's determined to get her life right, with the help of (and despite the major drama of) her friends.

Ironhead, or, Once a Young Lady By Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, Kristen Gehrman (Translated by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646140480
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Levine Querido - March 1st, 2022