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

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

Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: April 7th 2015
by Balzer + Bray

Format: eARC

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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 in exchange for an honest review.

Ever heard of the term intersex? Before coming across this book, I already knew that there were people who outwardly looked like a true male/female, but had other parts, but I never really knew anything about this condition other than that. None of the Above opened my eyes to this concept, and I believe everyone should at least give this book a shot. It may be a heavy topic to center the book around, but it was important and meaningful. Kristin was such a realistic narrator. She questioned the universe for her condition, which I believe we would all do if we were in her shoes. But she always put up a brave face for her dad, and I really respected her for that. Sometimes she also dealt with her situation by making jokes out of it, which is what a lot of people do when they’re faced with something they know they can’t defeat. She was also passionate about running, and when they tried to stop her from what she loved doing most? Sure, she was disheartened and hurt as hell (who wouldn’t be?), but in the end, she fought for her right to be a part of the women’s team.

“Love isn’t a choice. You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.”

The relationships in this book were absolutely gorgeous. Kristin had the most supportive father who did everything in his power to try to cheer Kristin up and to show her that he still loves her despite her condition. He was an awkward sort of supportive and I found him to be really endearing.

There was also a very tame romance presented in this book, and I appreciated that the author made it so that Kristin’s condition was still the star of the book rather than the (super adorable) romance. But I’ll talk about it since it was so cute. Darren was such a sweet love interest, and I loved how he was first Kristin’s friend and supporter before they got together. You can never go wrong with this kind of romantic development.

This book was proof that while there are people who will judge you for things that weren’t your fault, there will still be a handful of people who will try to brighten your day. We may all fall down, but we’ll get back up with the help of the people who love us.

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Overall: 4

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Aimee
Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.
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    • Aimee says

      She has testicles and male chromosomes, but on the outside, she has a vagina. This was a really unique read for me, so I hope you end up enjoying this, Joy!

  1. says

    Maybe you’re too young I know her, bt there’s this Filipina Olympian runner named Nancy Nadal (I think?) and she has the same if not similar condition. She got disqualified for her event because she’s both male and female. That would make anybody a head case IMO
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  2. says

    This one wasn’t on my radar at all Aimee but i’m already REALLY looking forward to this one. It seems like a good read and I love contemporary standalones! That being said, I love that this one tackles a tough subject matter and i’m happy about the way it was handled, thank you for the lovely review!
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  3. says

    I jusr finished this one and was really impressed. I knew about the condition (and have read Middlesex) but thought the teen POV was very powerful. (And yes, Braine, there is a runner mentioned in the book — Caster Semenya of South Africa but also possibly the one you mention.)
    Glad you thought this was great too!
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  4. says

    I’m loving how authors are writing about such taboo topics in YA lately. It really helps people who actually deal with these conditions and emotions on a daily basis get some reassurance that they aren’t alone, you know? This is such a touchy topic, yet it’s one that really needs to be talked about and explained because of all the prejudices around it, and it sounds like Gregorio does a wonderful job doing just that. Thank you for the gorgeous review Aimee! ♥
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  5. says

    I’ve seen a lot of people reading this book lately. I for one, am not used to reading heavy topic such as these. Only recently have I probably slowly started to get into contemporary like these and I was shocked that I enjoyed so much. I think I have to be in the right mood for this book. But I agree that we should give this book a go. Great review, Aimee. :)
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  6. says

    I don’t think I’ve come across a book dealing with this sort of issue before, but it sounds like the author does a really great job! I’m glad that Kristin wasn’t totally isolated out in this book and that she did have support from her friend and dad, I hate books where the MC is going through a certain issue but has nobody to fall back on. I’m glad that you enjoyed this Aimee! Fab review! :)
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    • Aimee says

      No, Kristin’s intersex, meaning on the outside she looks like a girl (like she has a vagina and everything), but on the inside, she has testicles and no ovaries. x_x Sorry for the confusion!

  7. says

    I actually do have a review copy of this book and am looking forward to trying it. I fell in love with the title in relation to what it is about, and it seems like a unique book. I have never read one that seems to involve all of these things in it, and I wonder what the result will be.
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