It was a love story like none other. 19-year-old Katie Hill was in the process of transitioning from male to female when she fell in love with 18-year-old Arin Andrews, who was undergoing his own transition from female to male. The Oklahoma teenagers first went public with their tale on 20/20 last July. Now, they’ve each written memoirs to be released this fall.
The couple broke up earlier this year but remain committed to sharing their stories. Both books will discuss the ups and downs of their unique romance, including their breakup, which the couple attributes, in part, to the attention they received after appearing on television.
“There were many factors that caused Arin and me to break up,” Hill told People in an interview, “but arguably many of them were caused by the attention we were getting. There was a lot of pressure on us to be together and to be happy.”
“The breakup was more about needing to discover who we were becoming,” Andrews added.
“We still understand each other better than anyone else ever will,” Hill said.
The book was originally going to be a shared memoir, but their editor, Christian Trimmer, said in a press release, “It quickly became clear that the world needed to hear their individual stories.”
Andrews’ Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen and Hill’s Rethinking Normal: A Memoir In Transition will be released on September 30 by Simon and Schuster.