None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
“The biggest difference between boys and girls is how people treat them.”
I had really wanted to read this book and I had it for awhile now, but for some reason I just never picked it up. I am so glad that I finally decided to grab it off my bookshelf. I started this book on Sunday and read all but 60 pages that first day and finished the last 60 pages today. I flew through the book! I could not put it down and I dreaded when I actually had to!
I loved this book and I thought it was so brilliant and so well written. I honestly believe we need more diverse books! I’ve heard of intersex, but didn’t really know too much about it going into reading this book. I was definitely educated more while reading this story. I really thought that Gregorio did an amazing job with writing this book and capturing how Kristin was feeling throughout the book. It was written in a way that you could really feel the way that Kristin was feeling throughout. So many feels. So many!
Kristin had it all, boyfriend, best friends, popularity, homecoming queen and that was instantly taken away from her and you could feel her pain throughout. She really struggled throughout the book to deal with her diagnosis, what the future would be like, the aftermath and the kids at her school finding out. The world can be cruel and you really felt that while reading this book. I was rooting for her the entire time and I loved that her dad was really supportive throughout. He was also struggling with the loss of his wife (Kristin’s mom), but he was there for her and never turned his back on her. I love when there are strong parents in a book, because most YA books I have read, the parents weren’t really present in the books or you would get a small glimpse of them.
It was definitely different than a lot of the books that I have read, but it was really interesting and I really enjoyed it. Like I said in the beginning, we need more diverse books and I am glad I was able to read this one and I plan to definitely read more in the future.
“Love isn’t a choice. You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.”
Goodreads Description: 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?
Hopefully sometime this week I will get around to posting up my June Recap post of all the books I read and listened to this month. There are tons! This was a really good month! I hope everyone has a good night! ❤