"Everyone is charmed by a little tomboy. A scrappy little girl in overalls with a ponytail & scrapped knees, who loves soccer & baseball & comic books & dirt. But what are we charmed by? It's not just that she's cute. It's that she so innocently things she's going to stay this way forever. But we all know she won't. And why is that?
Because as much as we love a tomboy, nobody likes a tom man. You might be wondering, "What is a tom man? I've never heard this term before." You are correct. That is because I invented it. It is the only thing I have ever invented.
A tom man is what happens when a tomboy just never grows out of it." --Jessi Klein, You'll Grow Out of It
"A book like Jessi Klein's You'll Grow Out of It comes along to remind us just what an artful confessional essay can do." (New York Times)