None of the Above has literally all the feels…
Book Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Title & Author: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Release Date: April 7, 2015
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
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?”
Book Club Pick
What I love about None of the Above is that it offers a completely new perspective in the YA world. Before reading this book, I really didn’t have a handle on what intersex really was or what it meant.
I don’t think anyone can read this novel without learning more about those who are intersex and its impact on gender identity and sexuality.
While these concepts might feel like “heavy” topics, Gregorio does a great job of adding humor to the story and making Kristin’s struggles relatable.
I can’t emphasize enough how powerful None of the Above is. It’s truly an eye-opening experience, and I’m so glad I read something that widened my knowledge about a topic that effects so many. I was surprised by how much gender identity played a role in Kristin’s discovery, and I appreciated how enlightening reading about it was.
Also note that while this book isn’t sexually explicit, it does contain detailed and clinical descriptions of sexual anatomy and some of the resulting decisions Kristin must make. So just be warned if that’s something you’re not comfortable with.
The only thing that kept None of the Above from making to the next level was the dialogue. Certain elements of the book – mainly others’ reactions and words – were cheesy. Some of the slang and references felt dated and out of touch.
This was the slightest drawback, though, and was easily forgivable.
Throughout the whole book, I felt so drawn to Kristin’s growth and self-disovery. I couldn’t put it down!!
I strongly recommend this book. The story is so compelling – filled with moments of pain, discovery and laughter. Put None of the Above at the top of your to-read list!