Title: None of the Above
Author: I.W. Gregorio
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, young adult
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?
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Blogging
Over the past few months, I have been vowing to read more diverse books such as this one. I believe that they are very important reads showcasing many morals, so I try to find as many of them as possible at my public library. Since I have never read about being intersex before and since I’d heard many good things about None of the Above, I decided to check it out.
None of the Above was a very inspiring, moving story. Honestly, I am quite surprised that not as many people are talking about it, because I think everyone should be devouring it and discussing its themes.
For a quick synopsis, this book follows a teen named Kristin. When she decides to go all the way with her boyfriend, she discovers that something is messed up. Determined to get it examined, she goes to the doctor and discovers that she is intersex- meaning that although she is a girl on the outside, the chromosomes she was born with say that she is male. Will she learn to accept her new identity?
Protagonist Kristin was very triumphant, which makes her an amazing role model for all readers. For a lot of the time she just wanted to be like everyone else and fit in, which is absolutely normal, but I also liked her character development into becoming proud of her unique self. I honestly have to say that the struggles she faced during the course of the novel were unbearable, but her attitude was the exact opposite of that.
I love the fact that this book explored how a person’s gender identity is not always the same as that person’s assigned gender. Although Kristin may have been intersex, she was proud and confident to call herself a female and be into males. I feel like people themselves should always be able to control who they are and what they want in life, whether it’s their gender, religion, or personal interests.
All in all, None of the Above really impressed me and I just loved it! I am not giving it a full 5 stars because it didn’t blow me out of the park like all other 5 star reads do, but if my reviews were more objective, then this book would for sure deserve that rating. If you are in the mood to read a diverse novel with LGBTQIA+ themes and are willing to learn more about being intersex, then this story is perfect for you!