We all feel like we are different in some small way. We all have our insecurities. Kristen Lattimere just found out something about herself that rocks her world. Something not so small. Something actually quite huge, well for a teenage girl! Winning homecoming queen wasn’t supposed to ruin your life yet that event is where but t all started. This is her new reality, her secret to hold: she is not completely a girl and yet, certainly not a boy.
What would you do if you just learned you weren’t exactly what you thought you were? Are you the same person you were before? Would you tell people if you knew it would change the way you are viewed, especially if it were to have negative connotations? Who would you trust?
All these questions run through Kristen’s mind like she runs track and hurdles all the new information that has railroaded her life. More then some as she deals with the fallout of learning that she is intersex. That she is a woman with boy parts and y chromosomes. She tries to keep things to her self but eventually she ends up talking to the few people she thought she could trust. Then the worst case happens when the whole school finds out she is a “hermaphrodite”. And with most cases with things people do not understand she becomes the focus of bullying. So not only does Kristen have to come to terms with her diagnosis she has to deal with the humiliation and bullying by her classmates, Including people she thought were her friends.
This book is going to be important. As many books like it should be. We need more books for young people that not only describes issues that could be misunderstood in a manner that promotes empathy but in a way that could ” normalise” those issues.
Everyone of us are different and unique in our own way. We all have traits we want to hide. But what if we didn’t hide them. What if we embrace them. Learn from each others differences, quirks and traits. Maybe we all should embrace our differences and teach our future generations to embrace them as well.
This book is an emotional rollercoaster that teaches a lesson in empathy. If you read Kristen’s story and feel nothing then you are a soulless shell of a human being. It made me feel sorrow and hope and the full scope in between. I highly recommend it as I thought it was a fantastic read.
I hope that I have inspired you to read this book. I am finding it hard to describe the exact emotional impact that it had on me. I knew this was going to be good when I first saw it and I am grateful to have been given the chance to read this novel. I will most definitely recommend it to others and I hope that you, my little booklings will do so as well.
I was given the chance to read and review this novel from Netgalley.com