{Bee Reviews} Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Posted October 27, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 2 Comments

{Bee Reviews} Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Gracefully Grayson

by Ami Polonsky
Pages: 250
Published on November 4th 2014
by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Middle Grade
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Also by this author: Gracefully Grayson

Alone at home, twelve-year-old Grayson Sender glows, immersed in beautiful thoughts and dreams. But at school, Grayson grasps at shadows, determined to fly under the radar. Because Grayson has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body.

The weight of this secret is crushing, but leaving it behind would mean facing ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Despite these dangers, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Strengthened by an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher who gives her a chance to step into the spotlight, Grayson might finally have the tools to let her inner light shine.

Debut author Ami Polonsky’s moving, beautifully-written novel shines with the strength of a young person’s spirit and the enduring power of acceptance.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

Gracefully Grayson left me speechless. It’s as simple as that. When I turned the last page, a tear rolled down my cheek and I just sighed. Didn’t know what to say. And I just sat there in my chair for a couple of minutes. Thinking what I was going to say about this book. And I’m still not quite sure, so I’m just going to roll with it.

Gracefully Grayson is about twelve-year-old Grayson. Grayson has a secret. He’s not a boy. Not on the inside. On the inside, Grayson is a girl, stuck in the wrong body. Holding on to this secret is hard on her and leaving it behind would mean facing people who’d ridicule and misunderstand him. Despite that, Grayson wants to show her true self. Strengthened by a caring teacher who gives her a chance to step into the spotlight, Grayson finally has the tools to show everyone who she really is.

I think this is a very important book to read. It’s such a heavy subject matter, especially for a middle grade book, but Ami Polonsky made it work. It didn’t feel heavy. She told a very touching, moving, heartbreaking and inspiring story that I will remember for a long time and she wrote it so beautifully.

I can’t pretend to know what Grayson is going through. I can relate to the bullying, but not to the rest. I have a cousin who’s going through the exact same thing and this book did make me understand it better. I’m a very open-minded person when it comes to these things, but I can’t ever truly understand and I won’t pretend I can. But this book did make me understand a bit better and I thank the author for that.

Grayson is a fantastic person. And I’m so proud of her for coming so far during this novel. He’s so very brave and I loved him right from the start. I like the friends Grayson made during this novel. Friends who take you for who you are is a rare thing. Stupid as that sounds, but it’s true.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. Without trying, Ami Polonsky sends a very important message about acceptance and being yourself. Don’t ever be afraid to show the world who you really are.


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