Review: None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

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August 7, 2017 by Zoë

Krissy has everything going for her. She’s great at running, she’s got a scholarship lined up for college, and she’s got an awesome boyfriend. Then she finds out that she’s intersex and it feels like her whole world is falling apart. None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio explores what it means to be intersex and what challenges a teenage girl might have to deal with when facing her peers.

The Good
Obviously, this is an important topic for teenagers to read about. It also deals with how teenagers would react in a very realistic way. Teenagers can be cruel, and that’s shown clearly in the book. Kristin’s struggle to come to terms with her new self is also believable and well-portrayed. Her friends were also interesting charcters and served the plot well. Also, no spoilers here, but I liked what happened with her boyfriend.

The parts touching on Krissy’s problems with her running after her diagnosis and the potential reactions of her coach/scholarship committee/etc. were probably the most interesting and important part of the book for me. This is a grey area and it’s important that it was brought up.

The Bad
Slight spoiler time now: Krissy ends up getting surgery almost immediately after her diagnosis. She really pushes for this and a doctor ends up operating on her. I found this part a little troubling. I don’t think it’s wrong to get surgery if you’re intersex, but I thought the process went too quickly and that she didn’t receive proper counseling before she made a very big decision. The whole surgery process also sort of signaled that you need to have any male sexual organs taken out in order to feel female, which is pretty problematic.

I also wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. Some of it was very obvious and some of it just didn’t really seem necessary. It also felt like Krissy was still struggling a lot, even when the book wrapped up, which felt a little strange for a book that was about coming to terms with yourself. Again, more portrayals of counseling and/or support groups would probably have been good.

The Verdict
As a book to introduce people to the concept of being intersex, I think this was really good, but there are definitely some deeper aspects related to gender and sexuality that I think should have been explored further.

“It’s not fair. I’m a girl.”

I received an electronic copy of this book through Netgalley for this review.



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