None of the Above – I.W.Gregorio 

Synopsis – 

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? 
Goodreads rating – 3,94/5 

My Review – 

This is a brilliant book, and in my opinion an absolute must read for everyone. Not only is the story line great, but it also highly informative, as it shows us the reality that many people have to go through if born intersex. It is also much deeper than that as it has the hint of a classic saying, that love and understanding is much more than skin colour, sexual orientation or chromosomes.

If any of you have ever taken a  multiple choice exam and there’s a ‘none of the above option’, you’d find it odd, or sometimes simply ignore it because you are certain of your answer. It may be a simple question for you, such as are you male or female, but in truth it’s actually one of the most difficult questions for intersex, transgender and many other people nowadays. This is what happened in Kristin’s life at the age of 18, where she discovered that her biological sexual category is technically “none of the above.” 

Kristin, mostly known as Krissy in the novel is a pretty and popular young woman. After an extremely painful first time with her boyfriend, Sam after their homecoming party, she decided to go visit the OB. That’s when she was diagnosed to have an Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome-Disorder of Sex Development also called intersex. More commonly known as a case of hermaphrodite. 

Word spread fast, as it tends to in our modern day world with all of the technology. The cruelty she had to endure from people at school made me cringe, cry and feel so protective of Krissi. This really goes to show that people are scared of what they do not understand. That’s why I think it is vital that people are knowledgable about something before they condemn it. Everyone goes through difficult life experiences and we all know that they determine which people are genuinely concerned and care for you and which do not. 

Everyone should read this book! It is truly inspiring and touching! 

My rating – 5/5 stars 

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