Title: None of the Above Author: I. W. Gregorio Series: N/A Genre: YA, Contemporary Publication: April 7, 2015 Publisher: Harper Teen Format: Physical ARC Source: Sent to me by the publisher for an honest review.
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?
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was a bit confused because I’d never heard the term intersex before, as a matter of fact, I had no idea what it was. Reading this book has introduced me to this condition I had no idea existed. I know of the transgender community and have gotten an understanding of that, but the intersex aren’t transgender, they’re females who are born with a Y chromosome, while outwardly they look like a girl, they might have some boy organs inside. The book explains it all, so all you have to do is read.
Kristin is pretty much an average 18 year old high school senior. She’s a track star, she’s dating the star QB, so when she decides to take the next step with him, she’s surprised to find out that it’s ridiculously painful. She goes to the doctor who diagnoses her with AIS. Anyways, the book really is about Kristin’s journey after discovering what she has, and the effect it has on her life, friendships and relationships. People reacted the same way you’d expect them to react when they’re faced with something they don’t understand. This is furthermore shown through a certain character at a nighclub (if you read the book, you’ll get what I’m referring to). I couldn’t believe how cruel people could be, especially those you thought would love you no matter what. Honestly, I didn’t really understand why people reacted this way, it’s a genetic disorder, there’s nothing she can do about it, and it’s not like she’s a man, she’s a girl who just happens to have some boy organs and no uterus. I think that if any of them had actually taken time to do some research about the whole thing, they would’ve realized that.
I’d definitely recommend you to read this book, because you’ll finish it feeling smarter and more aware about a serious topic. I read this in a day, and that doesn’t happen very often anymore. I loved the ending, it was an open, hopeful one and I hope that everyone who finds themselves in a similar situation gets that same ending.