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?
This novel is an interesting look into the life of a young woman coming to terms with her diagnosis of AIS. I have to confess myself ignorant of the specifics of what it means to be intersex. This novel is highly informative and brings to life a character and situation with which we can easily empathise. All the characters are easy to love, even in their moments of weakness, including the protagonist Kristin. The romance is subtle and existed as a backdrop and support system for Kristin as she deals with being intersex. It in no way takes away from her struggle.
I am so happy this novel is receiving the success it deserves. Not because it’s the best contemporary novel I’ve ever read but because the author breaches a topic that is severely under talked about. However, besides tackling a little talked about issue, which is in itself important, the novel isn’t captivating. The book deals with a lot of issues in very little time. It feels very short and a little rushed but is altogether a pleasant read. Short and sweet if you will.
Literature has always been an excellent way of discussing pressing issues; the issue of gender identity is a particularly important one. If you’re not a fan of contemporary novels at least read this novel to get a better understanding of what being intersex means and the persecution one can face when they don’t fall strictly within the lines of gender identity.