Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Source: Giveaway Win
Edition: Hardcover (352 pages)
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 outwardly she 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?
None of the Above was a brilliantly beautiful book that I'm extremely grateful was written. It follows Kristin, who finds out that she's intersex after going to the doctor after having some troubles with her boyfriend. Sam, her boyfriend, ends up finding out that she's intersex and completely stops talking to her, and soon enough, the whole school finds out as well. The way everyone treated her at school after finding out was petty and cruel, though it's sad because things like that actually happen in some schools.
This book is definitely an important addition to young adult literature. It gives insight on what being intersex actually means by allowing the reader to experience it all through Krissy's eyes. It was tough to read at times because of the cruelty she experienced, but after Krissy survived all of that, she was a very strong person who knew which friends of hers were actually her true friends.
My favorite character would definitely have to be Darren. His mother used to date Krissy's father, so they knew each other for quite a while. He seemed to be the only one besides Krissy's father that fully accepted the person that Krissy was and realized that it didn't change her at all just because she had different chromosomes. I knew from the beginning that Darren was the good guy.
I definitely suggest giving this one a read because it's enlightening and eye-opening. You won't regret it.
Love isn't a choice. You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.
You know I love you too, sweetie. Forever and ever, until the sun fades.
The biggest difference between boys and girls is how people treat them.
Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!