None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio
Published by HarperTeen
Published on April 7th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
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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?
Krissy Lattimer is one of the most popular girls in school. She’s dating Sam, fellow track runner and all-around date-able guy. But when they try to have sex for the first time, it doesn’t exactly work well for Krissy. And when she goes to the doctor, she discovers she is intersex, or more commonly known as a hermaphrodite. Of course the story spreads throughout the school and she is soon ostracized.
What I like most about this story is the realistic approach. Everything is very professional and factual. Information is meticulously researched and then sprinkled in. And I love that. I learned so much and I seriously want to do something now to work with intersex people. Or at least to help them. Also, I liked how the bullying wasn’t sugarcoated. It was hard to read and I was constantly tearing up, but it’s something that people NEED to read sometimes. It really opens your eyes and makes you think. I think that’s what makes this book so important.
I also like how Krissy doesn’t have everything work out for her. No matter how much I wanted things to go well, they didn’t. That in itself is rather important to me because in reality, life kinda sucks sometimes. And that’s not glossed over in here. Krissy’s life is hell for a really long time and she has problems because of it. But she has things work that matter. And her life gets better. I love the progression for that.
All in all, I loved this book. It made me happy and sad, but it kept me hooked the entire time. I’ve been recommending it to several people already and I will continue to in the future.