None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

51RofZNoPjL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Imagine suddenly not knowing who you truly were, questioning your existence and trying to find your place in your own life again…

Then imagine not having the support of those you thought were your friends, or family, so having to experience this entire new being by your self…

By doing so, you would be putting yourself in the shoes of 18 year old Kristen. She was homecoming queen, had a boyfriend of 2 years, and her colligate future was set at a state school with a scholarship to be on the track team. Her father had finally began to be himself again after the death of his wife, Kristen’s mother.

Life was picture perfect for the high school senior until her world was turned upside down at a doctors visit.

“Am I still a girl?”

“Hermaphrodite!”

“Freak!”

“I thought I loved you.”

“You lied to me.”

She would never have children, her reputation was headed down the drain, and the one thing that got her through the day might be taken away from her; her scholarship. And as much as this news was surprising to her community, it was even more so to herself.

Gregorio’s novel explores the story of an adolescent who found out that she was intersex. Follow Kristen’s diagnosis, her transformation into a truer self, and see her be able to self love again in this brilliant YA novel. Gregorio’s exceptionally realistic delivery of teenage experiences and emotions allows the reader to connect the storyline to their own lives and truly feel for Kristen.

None of the Above can be a valuable YA novel for individuals who struggle with their sense identity, as well as those who are not familiar with the term ‘intersex.’ While being a captivating novel that you won’t want to put down, the lessons that the plot impart on the reader are indispensable.

Alyssa Leto

Gregorio, I. W. None of the above. Place of Publication Not Identified: Balzer Bray, 2017. Print.

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