{ARC Review} None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Posted April 23, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 10 Comments

{ARC Review} None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above

by I.W. Gregorio
Published on April 28th 2015
by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Middlesex meets Mean Girls in this one-of-a-kind YA debut.

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 world completely unravels. With everything she thought she knew thrown into question, can she come to terms with her new self?

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.

5 Stars

You know that feeling when you come across a book and something in you just tells you that you have to read it immediately? You just have to push everything else to the side and start this book. Everything I get that feeling, I go with it. Why? Because that gut feeling has yet to prove me wrong. Everytime I just follow that instinct, I end up with yet another 5 star book that reached my heart in one way or another. None of the Above is no exception.

None of the Above is about Kristin Lattimer. She’s happy with her life. She’s voted homecoming queen, she’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and has a perfect boyfriend. When she’s decided to take things to the next level with him, it’s not as perfect as she planned. Something is very wrong. A visit to the docter reveals that Kristin is intersex. She’s a girl with male chromosomes and boy ‘parts’. Dealing with all that news is hard enough, but when the news is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s world falls apart.

None of the Above tackles an issue that is rarely touched in books. Especially the YA section. That’s a shame because it’s a very important one that needs to be talked about. I consider myself a very open-minded person. I don’t care about your sexuality. Gay, lesbian, bi, trans,… I don’t care really. If you’re happy, it’s all good with me. But I know that there are a lot of people that don’t think like me. Unfortunately enough. That’s why books that tackle those things are so important. It helps people understand.

Intersex is something I have never read about in a book before. Which is probably why I picked this book up in the first place. When I saw it on Edelweiss, I was curious. I read the blurb, I downloaded my review copy and started reading. A few hours later I was writing this review. But I’ll talk about what is so great about it now, don’t worry. It’s just that I find it important to talk about this stuff whenever I read a book about it.

I can tell you the writing is great and the story too but that feels so standard. Of course both are great! This is a fantastic debut and I really look forward to what this author has in store for us in the future. This book broke my heart and I knew it would when I started it. But it also put it back together and it, like other books that handle tough topics, made me understand it, intersex in this case, better. Kristin is a great main character and I felt for her. I cried with her and I laughed with her. I loved Gretchen instantly! She’s a girl that Kristin meets through a support group and she’s just so sweet! Also, Darren is a sweetheart. I love him!

There is a very, very sweet and slow romance but it doesn’t take over the story at all. It’s there and it grows slowly but it doesn’t take anything away from Kristin dealing with all the stuff she’s going through. Because of spoilers I won’t tell you who the boy is, though i think it’s clear it’s not Sam, the ‘perfect’ boyfriend. He’s an ass. I want to smack him in the face. Also, that’s not a spoiler. He turns into an ass in the first few chapters of the book, so.

None of the above is a very beautiful, thought-provoking and heartbreaking story and I do highly recommend this to everyone. Even if you’re not a big fan of contemporary, I do encourage you to read it just because of what it’s about. This is a very, very impressive debut.



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10 responses to “{ARC Review} None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

  1. I’ve heard so many good things about this and how it realistically and beautifully and awesomely portrayed a group of people we rarely read and know about. My co-blogger, Aimee, absolutely loved this one. I can’t wait to read ti because it would be the first time I’d be reading such a heroine and I’ve always wanted to understand and see how things are in their perspective.

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