Sunday, January 4, 2015

Book Review: Gracefully Grayson

Title Gracefully Grayson

Author Ami Polonsky

Release Date November 4, 2014

Alone at home, twelve-year-old Grayson Sender glows, immersed in beautiful thoughts and dreams. But at school, Grayson grasps at shadows, determined to fly under the radar. Because Grayson has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body.

The weight of this secret is crushing, but leaving it behind would mean facing ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Despite these dangers, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Strengthened by an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher who gives her a chance to step into the spotlight, Grayson might finally have the tools to let her inner light shine.

I love Grayson and I loved this book.

Gracefully Grayson is a middle grade/young adult book that approaches a major issue. While the book provides an overall positive message for transgendered youth and those that support them, I was disappointed that not a single character in the story says to Grayson that it's okay. I feel like that simple acknowledgement was needed not only for Grayson, but the audience as well. The ending did provide the triumph that Grayson deserved, though, so I'm happy in that respect.

Overall, this is a great book and I love seeing it written for the younger audience.


4 out of 5 stars

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