None of the Above

None of the Above

eBook - 2015
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A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she's 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?

Publisher: New York : Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
ISBN: 9780062335333
0062335332
0062335316
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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ABIGAIL FALCK May 18, 2015

Is this a "message book"? Yes, but an exceptionally well-written one. This is the first book I've read about an intersex main character where it's clear that the author has done her research, not just in terms of the medical aspects, but in listening to and seeking the opinions of inter... Read More »


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Cheryl_JHL Oct 19, 2017

I was drawn into Kristin's story and my heart ached for her as she went wrestled with her discovery and identity while at the same time trying to deal with the betrayal of friends and bullying at school. It was a good read and well written, though there were a few details in the story I would have liked to see wrapped up. The author's note was excellent, as well.

PinesandPrejudice Jun 16, 2017

I learned a lot from this book. I knew what intersex was but not that there were different types. I learned about AIS and it was very informative about the topic over all. I liked Kristen for most of the book -- it was difficult when she was struggling with depression and "running away" from her diagnosis but it was understandable. I could have done without the romance. I think it would have been more powerful if she had found acceptance in herself without him, but it was still good. The representation of trans and homophobia was good. It was a little slow and dragged out in places -- I would have liked a better ending than just her redoing her facebook. I would have liked to see her go to school or college or just...something else than facebook. But that's just me. Still an overall good book and very informative.

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jannylegs
Jul 11, 2016

Really smart & sensitive.

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21152034912166
May 15, 2016

I absolutely loved this book. It was so sweet, but still sad. This author did their research about intersex and it teaches you all about it but still in a real way. It also still addresses teenage bullying

LPL_KimberlyL Mar 31, 2016

A messy and complicated coming-of-age story about a teenage girl named Krissy, who discovers one day that she is intersex. The book follows her slightly before her diagnosis, and afterward, where she has to come to terms with the fact that she identifies and outwardly looks like a girl, but she also possesses male chromosomes. What follows is an important discussion of gender and gender identity. The author takes care to explain every subject she discusses, so this book can be particularly useful for those who are unfamiliar with what being intersex means. Beyond all that, this book is incredibly entertaining, sweet, and Kristin's struggle with identity will appeal to anyone who has ever once felt that they don't quite "fit in."

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Hollowspine
Feb 22, 2016

An inspiring and well-researched coming of age story. Kristen is just coming into her own, she has a great boyfriend and has recently and surprisingly been made Homecoming Queen. She's ready to take things to the next level, but a routine visit to the doctor turns her world upside down. She has to rediscover what she believes, what she values and where she fits in the world. All while her entire school is watching and judging her.

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naguiar
Jun 26, 2015

This book was amazing. I've been looking for a YA book about an intersex character for a while, but they are really, really hard to find. And if you're someone who doesn't know much about being intersex, this is a perfect book from which you can learn. It perfectly packages facts and information about intersex people with a bit of history, with the emotional struggle that accompanies being out as intersex (especially when it wasn't her choice), and even the emotional struggle that accompanies not being out. We need more books like this.

ABIGAIL FALCK May 18, 2015

Is this a "message book"? Yes, but an exceptionally well-written one. This is the first book I've read about an intersex main character where it's clear that the author has done her research, not just in terms of the medical aspects, but in listening to and seeking the opinions of intersex people. I was frustrated early on with the protagonist's strictly chromosomal understanding of gender, but it's not unrealistic for a high school student, and it gives her room to grow.

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BUNBUN1978
Apr 29, 2015

This is one of the very few books out there about teens who are intersex. not being Intersex myself. I cannot know if it is an accurate description. however it seems form the notes at the end that the author did her homework. some of the plot turns in the story I saw coming but overall it was a pretty good book.

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