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April 6, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

iw gregorio - none of the above

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
April 7, 2015
Balzer + Bray
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* ARC courtesy of Edelweiss

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 received this book for free from Edelweiss + HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Dawn is my favorite time of day. “

Wow, I just—None of the Above is a book that everybody has to read because it’s stunning, important, and educational in its portrayal of its characters and the issues they are dealing with. It tackles a condition that is rarely talked about in YA in a thought-provoking way. (Yay for diversity!)

None of the Above follows Kristin Lattimer, whose world is thrown on its axis when she discovers that she is intersex, a condition where she looks outwardly like a female, but has internal male characteristics. When her condition is revealed to her entire high school, she struggles with her own identity and her ignorant classmates who ridicule her. Kristin questions who she is—is she female or male? Or, like the title says, none of the above?

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