Tuesday, May 26, 2015

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

by:  I. W. Gregorio
published by:  Balzer + Bray
publish date:  April 7, 2015

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place.  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?

Before this book I had never heard the term intersex and I didn't know what it meant.  I'm in nursing school and that's kinda bad right?  Basically, it means you're born with both male and female sexual organs.

None of the Above tells the story of Kristen Lattimer.  Living her dream life as a track star and a homecoming queen.  She has the perfect boyfriend and when she finally decides to have sex with him, it definitely doesn't go to plan.  After a visit to the gynecologist, she finds out she has both male and female sex organs.  She tells the wrong person her diagnosis and everyone knows.  Suddenly, her track scholarship is in jeopardy and she doesn't know who she can trust anymore.

I really liked this book a lot.  This book was a great learning experience.  I have 3 kids that play sports at a very competitive level and we see girls that are "impossible" sometimes.  I always chalk it up to some kind of genetic or hormonal thing.  This book gave me the insight to see them with a little more compassion.

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