NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio

Read this if you're in the mood for: contemporary YA, diversity, coming of age, character driven, friendships

Summary: 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?

Read this if you like: 

EVERY DAY, David Levithan
Even though EVERY DAY takes on sexuality and gender, not biological sex, both books do a great job of examining the many angles of teenage relationships and romance.

Rainbow Rowell
Like FANGIRL and ELEANOR & PARK, NONE OF THE ABOVE is a beautiful, character-driven novel with a protagonist and situations that feel deeply real.

Kristin is an athlete, not a DJ, but both books take a look at bullying, and what it means to be a true friend.

The Rec: I stalked every galley outlet there is to get my hands on this book and started reading before I’d even unplugged my iPad. When I’m not fighting crime and book blogging, I’m a teacher, and I’ve seen how necessary a book like this is for teenagers to read. While the discussion on gender and sexuality is bigger and more open than it’s ever been, there are still so many shades of grey that need to be discussed.

I knew I was in good hands with this book as soon as I started--Gregorio is a medical professional and, as it turns out, a super talented writer. She takes the facts and biology of what it means to be intersex and uses it to frame a story that’s about so much more about chromosomes or internal organs. The real story lies in how Kristin grows as a person, realizing who her true friends her, what’s important to her, and what it means to make yourself happy.

This book is filled with teen talk, and Gregorio is an expert at making it sound authentic (without being over the top) and modern (without throwing in fads or slang.) Reading this brought me back to what it sounded like walking down the halls of my highway. And she makes sure to make her teens real people too--besides being involved in the drama of their own lives, they’ve got extracurricular interests and parents too!

The Caveat: At first glance this might seem like an "issue book" and those types of books aren't your thing, but it's so much more than that! (And not preachy at all!)

You should read this because: Even though this is a story about an intersex girl, it is truly a coming of age story for everyone!

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NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio (Balzer & Bray, April 2015)
Indiebound / B&N

Recommendation by: Sara