As y'all know, I'm a Library Science student at University of North Texas. This semester I have the pleasure of taking an AWESOME class called Seminar and Trends in YA! This semester the focus is YA books! One of the things we have to do is read some books from a list my Prof has provided us and then make up a blog and post reviews or features of what we have read!
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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?
I can honestly say that this book taught me so much. About a subject I never even thought I'd read about in YA. And I can honestly say that was the best thing about this module. There were so many new subjects I was introduced to while reading books for this module.
Reading our module this week I realized that for a long time there were alot of letters still not being represented in the acronym in YA. The year 2000 is when they really started to become more inclusive. It's also when the genre began to switch from only contemporary to fantasy, and other genres. Let's continue this inclusive trend!
So, if you haven't read None of the Above, PLEASE do. It's so informative and so important. Especially if you work with teens. They can use this book to become informed or to read to feel more included.
Here are some other YA books featuring Intersex themes: