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New York : Riverhead Books, 1997.
xi, 211 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

"At the age of fifteen, Daphne Scholinski was put in a mental hospital for what her psychiatrist called "failure to identity as a sexual female." The hospital gave her a diagnosis that was brand-new to the medical books: Gender Identity Disorder. The years that should have been Daphne's typical high school experience instead consisted of periods of seclusion and physical restraint, frequent does of sedatives, and the close company of people who were truly crazy. It's hard to believe that doctors, circa 1981, described Daphne's treatment goals as becoming more obsessive about boys, learning about makeup, dressing more like a girl, curling and styling hair, and spending quality time learning about "girl things" with peers. Thousand of teenagers are institutionalized in the United States each year for being too sissyish or too much of a tomboy.Though the facts are truly frightening, Jane Meredith Adams has captured Daphne's fresh, funny, triumphant voice so vividly that The Last Time I Wore a Dress is impossible to put down. The result is a book is reminiscent of The Catcher in the Rye and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as well as an expose of a shameful medical sham that has destroyed countless childhoods."--Publisher's description.