Release Date: April 7th 2015
Genres: Bullying, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Social Issues, Young Adult
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?
My feelings are all over the place on this one but I know one thing: I really did enjoy it. NONE OF THE ABOVE tells a story that needs to be read, and Kristin’s journey held my attention for its entirety. However, I did have some minor issues with it.
There were a few bumps in the road plot-wise, I thought some events seemed thrown-in and too convenient, one being the romance that was predictable and yet still managed to come in out of nowhere. View Spoiler »The love interest had a girlfriend and everything seemed just peachy in their relationship until all of the sudden, at the very end of the book, he says they broke up and him and the main character end up together. « Hide Spoiler The ending itself was resolved quickly, neatly, and therefore, a little unrealistically.
NONE OF THE ABOVE hits home for me because of the cruelty the main character Kristin experienced-it reminded me of my own high school where two people committed suicide in one year because of the same issue. It’s heartbreaking how she is treated, teased, and bullied.
Although Kristin and I have very different personalities, I could relate to her and feel for her so much, which, I think, is the very definition of awesome writing. So much depth is given to her character she doesn’t even seem like a fictional character anymore.
I was also glad to see that this book did not pull any punches when it came to talking about intersexuality, it was honest and truly refreshing. A lot of research obviously went into the book and you can tell, it is very informational but not overly so. It was very well written, but there were a few comments about “hermaphrodites” and Catholics that did bother me.
Overall, I loved the message of this book and I think it has the ability to really help, or at least educate, a lot of people, which is no light task for a young adult fiction novel.