Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart

lilyLily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart

This was a book that I had trouble putting down. The two main characters in this book are Lily, a girl who is was born in boy’s body and has prejudices from bullies at school to her own father. Dunkin and his mother and grandma move to south Florida just about a month before school starts and suffers with bipolar disorder. His family is having financial problems and he struggles to just fit into his new school. When Lily and Dunkin meet they both impact each other and try to make it through life at school and at home. -Brady Rupard, MMS 8th grader


This book features a topic that not a lot of people are willing to write about. I really admire the author for them taking that risk. This book features two main characters Lily and Duncan. Each of them have their own struggles Lily is transgender and Duncan has bi-polar disorder. This book is about their friendship and how they face every day challenges together. -Madeline Polimerou, MMS 8th grader

I loved this story, and Lily and Dunkin’s perspective, and voices. Skillfully told in dual narrative, the story of two 8th graders; Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a bipolar boy who has just relocated to a new school and is harboring a painful secret.

I found both Lily and Dunkin to be relatable voices telling their story free of pretension, explanation, or didacticism. An honest story told with empathy and love, highly recommended. -Audrey Hopkins (SPL Librarian)

About Audviral, Mistress of the Stacks

Teen Services Librarian for the Rita & Truett Smith Public Library of Wylie, Texas.
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1 Response to Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart

  1. Thank you for the lovely and thoughtful reviews of Lily and Dunkin.


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