Saturday, June 27, 2015

Book Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

22896551Title: None of the Above
Author: I.W. Gregorio
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Genre: Contemporary
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.

Notable Quotes:

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!

17 comments:

  1. I love the sound of this. I like to read books that deal with difficult topics. It sounds like its really well written I think ill add it to the list!

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  2. I can't wait to read this. It sounds like such a wonderful book on a topic that I don't think there is much written about (at least I haven't stumbled upon anyways) Great review!

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  3. I'm so glad you loved it! :)

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

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  4. This sounds like a great read. I like stories that help me understand someone who has lived something very different than my experience of life. Will have to check it out. Thanks!

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  5. Glad to hear you liked this one. I have it in my tbr pile.

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  6. This sounds so good. And kids (and adults) can be so cruel! I have a kid who's about to be in 1st grade and kindergarten wasn't as easy as I thought, as far as him making friends. I'm sure he'll be fine but I would hate for him to have to deal with some of the cruelty that I endured, and I'm sure that wasn't even half as bad as what the character in this book deals with! Great review!

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  7. I really want this book, but it's expensive! It sounds so good.

    -Nikki from breathesbooks.com

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  8. I want to join in the Diversity for YA reading challenges, and this book sounds like it would be a great addition. Intersexuality is something rarely mentioned in books, let alone YA, so I'm glad this book handled the matter well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

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  9. I've been hearing lots of great things about this book. So glad you enjoyed this! I'm really happy to see books tackling diversity and sexuality in YA books

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  10. I remember seeing a review for this one a while back and still love the concept. This is the kind of diversity we need in YA, not just the typical nationality differences, colour and sexual preference. It sounds like an incredibly moving read. Wonderful review Krystianna, really enjoyed it <3

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  11. I've got this one on my TBR list and am really looking forward to reading it. Those quotes are so good. We definitely need more books like this. Great review, thank you for sharing!

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  12. I had a review copy of this and I adored it. Bit too much talk about speculums and their use, as I recall, but a great book nevertheless.

    Claire @ Book Blog Bird

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  13. Yes, it's very eye opening! There were parts of this book that just broke my heart. Fab review!

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  14. Everyone who has reviewed this book loves it. I don't read much contemporary, but if I did, I'd probably pick this up. Nice review!

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  15. I've had my eye on this one since it came out, because I had just learned more about being intersex in one of my college courses and it was completely eye-opening. It sounds like Krissy really has a tough time, but sometimes I really love reading a book with a lot of character challenges and growth, it can be so satisfying and empowering to experience through the character. And BAM! that last quote 0_0 "The biggest difference between boys and girls is how people treat them." Wow. Love the sound of this book!
    -Lina @ Every Book a World

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  16. Such an inspirational story. I cried the whole time reading. I have learned lot of things. And I really adore those who love and understand people with this kind of disorder. Thanks to the author for enlightening us.

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  17. Such an inspirational story. I cried the whole time reading. I have learned lot of things. And I really adore those who love and understand people with this kind of disorder. Thanks to the author for enlightening us.

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