Saturday, April 11, 2015

Book Review: None of the Above

Title None of the Above

Author I. W. Gregorio

Release Date April 7, 2015

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex... and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned--something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts."

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin's entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

I loved this book! I always enjoy reading books that differ from the "norm," books that explore topics that most people just want to sweep under the rug and ignore. It's those things I find fascinating to read about. It's those things that I advocate. No one deserves to be pushed into a closet, bullied, ignored, or treated as less than. And while diverse books (gay, lesbian, transgendered, etc.) are becoming more popular and accepted, there are VERY few about intersex people. Kudos to Mrs. Gregorio for writing such an important and amazing book!

This is a fantastic book. Even though the plot may have been a little typical (there is a happy ending), it's still worth reading. Kristin being intersex took the story to a different level and it's certainly something out of the ordinary for most people. I wholeheartedly recommend this book! If you'd like more information about what being intersex means, you can check here and please don't allow something that may be new and confusing to stop you from reading a really good book.


5 out of 5 stars

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