Please Don’t Kill the Freshman: A Memoir

HarperCollins (2003)

My memoir of my freshman and sophomore years of high school was published in October 2003 when I was seventeen years old. In vivid stream of consciousness prose, PDKTF chronicles my queer teen life in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, where I played trombone in the marching band, crushed on the editor of the literary magazine, and fell deep into a long-distance romance with a trans boy in Washington state.

“I don’t know if there’s a more essential book about being in high school today.”

Dave Eggers

“I am in awe of Zoe Trope. This book is more than the kind of good story we’ve become satisfied with. It’s more than interesting. It’s art.”

Jonathan safran foer

The Best American Non-Required Reading (2002)

An excerpt from PDKTF was included in the Best American Non-Required Reading 2002.

Future Tense (2001)

My memoir was originally published as a chapbook by Future Tense Books in Portland, Oregon in October 2001. This photocopied-and-stapled wonder sold thousands of copies, far beyond the publisher’s expectations.

Excerpt from Please Don’t Kill the Freshman published in Portland Mercury, September 2002