Sunday, January 25, 2015

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio Review

Title: None of the Above
Author: I.W. Gregorio
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Coming of Age
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book was given to me through the publisher, Harpercollins, by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This book.. This book should be required reading for this day and age. Sexuality and gender: what is it defined by? This book is unflinching, honest, beautiful, heartbreaking. Kristin Lattimer is just a normal young woman: Homecoming Queen, track addict, girlfriend to one of the hottest boys in school. But when she finds out she is intersex (in less politically correct terms, a hermaphrodite), her life falls apart.

This book was an amazing feat of self-exploration, of raw honesty. I loved it. At times, though, it was incredibly painful. When people don't understand difference, it makes them afraid. And it's human Cnature, but it doesn't make it right. This book made me cry, made my heart ache. One of the primary things that defines us as human beings is gender.. And nowadays, a lot of people don't fit in with the typical gender binary. And who cares, right? We're all human, and honestly that is what should matter.

I didn't understand the struggle, no one who isn't intersex can. But Gregorio creates a sympathetic, relatable character in Kristin--her entire life is thrown for a loop with this revelation, never mind what the rest of the people in her life think. I loved her father, and Darren, and Vee and Faith. I enjoyed this novel for what it was: a humane and honest peek, albeit a fictional one, into the lives of intersex men and women. The bottom line: A beautifully raw and rare debut, None of the Above should be required reading for all ages! Next on deck: Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton!

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