young adult • contemporary
“That was when I realized that life was a multiple-choice test with two answers: Male or Female. And I was None of the Above.”
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?
“Did anyone ever mention anything to you about something called androgen insensitivity syndrome, or AIS?”
This is the kind of book people should read more whether they’re into reading or not since we all have the same feeling at least once in our life where we questioned our own identity and felt like we didn’t fit in what the world justifies as normal and not. It is a powerful and important matter brought to life with a simple words that can relate to anyone who reads it.
I tried to hold things together, but I could feel pieces of myself crumbling, turning to dust.
“It’s not fair. I’m a girl.” My voice came out in a whisper.
It is not only an important subject that was brought by those pages but also an entertaining contemporary. I love how the writer kept the story true and it never felt exaggerated for the benefit of the story. Kristin’s character was kept relatable and it was really heartwarming how she ended up growing into a more solid and tough character. But I guess, that’s what a true friends are for right? I also loved how Darren was from a gay father background because otherwise I’m not so sure if he would still see Kristin as the same girl after knowing her diagnosis (I hope he does).
“Love isn’t a choice. You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.”
The author’s note was the pages that made everything blurry. I kept everything inside while reading the story, but why she was writing the story really touched my heart.
“What does it mean to be a woman? What happens when you don’t fit perfectly into the gender binary? And What role does your biology play not only in who you love, but who loves you”
Overall, I can say no more to add this book awesomeness up. You just have to read this and felt it firsthand.