None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio


None of the Above
Title : None of the Above
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ISBN : 0062335316
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 328

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


None of the Above Reviews


  • Emily May

    I tried to hold things together, but I could feel pieces of myself crumbling, turning to dust It s not fair I m a girl My voice came out in a whisper. 2015 so far seems to be an excellent year for YA contemporary I m always the kind of person who finds myself attracted to books that promise breathtaking fantasy, magic, prophecies and fast paced action, and yet so many of those books feel like carbon copies of older works lately Contemporary has been kicking fantasy s ass with powerful and I tried to hold things together, but I could feel pieces of myself crumbling, turning to dust It s not fair I m a girl My voice came out in a whisper. 2015 so far seems to be an excellent year for YA contemporary I m always the kind of person who finds myself attracted to books that promise breathtaking fantasy, magic, prophecies and fast paced action, and yet so many of those books feel like carbon copies of older works lately Contemporary has been kicking fantasy s ass with powerful and important tales that need to be told All the Rage and Little Peach are two others that come to mind.Do you remember the controversy over Caster Semenya at the World Championships in 2009 Gender testing had found she had four times the normal amount of testosterone for a woman and might be part man There were those who demanded that it was unfair to allow a woman with male parts to compete in female races And there were those who were outraged at the way Caster was humiliated and paraded before the press when she was, in fact, a woman but has Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome AIS.Well, this book is about a teenage girl called Kristin who has a full college scholarship, two best friends and a boyfriend who loves her Until one night she tries to have sex with her boyfriend and something seems to be not quite right A visit to the doctor reveals that she has AIS, will never get her period or have children, and has testicles inside her body Having to come to terms with this would be hard enough, but when her secret is leaked to the whole school, she has to deal with all the bullying that follows.Will her friends still support her Can her boyfriend still love someone who has male parts It s hard not to become so caught up in this story and feel sorry for Kristin at every turn Kids are so ignorant and quick to judge, and Kristin is finding that out at the hardest time of her life.The author doesn t miss this interesting opportunity to have a discussion about gender, identity and what it truly means to be either male or female Is there any difference between men and women, beyond the way we treat them It s an incredibly important book Both informative and emotional, balanced between educating its readers and drawing them into the personal turmoil of Kristin s life.There have been a couple of contemporary YA books lately that have made me emotional, but I ve managed to hold off on any actual crying right until the end and then I read the author s note about their reasons for writing this particular story and the tears just start to come Fantasy might be full of fast paced nastiness that has your eyes glued to the page but, believe me, real life does too.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr

  • Lola  Reviewer

    3 1 2 stars You fall for the person, not their chromosomes I m genuinely glad I read this book It wasn t the best YA contemporary I ve ever had the chance to read, but it was informative, authentic and the story went straight to my heart I didn t know that the word intersex existed before seeing this book on Goodreads, let alone what it meant None of the Above clarified me on what it means to be intersex It also portrayed a realistic circumstance of a girl learning that she has a d 3 1 2 stars You fall for the person, not their chromosomes I m genuinely glad I read this book It wasn t the best YA contemporary I ve ever had the chance to read, but it was informative, authentic and the story went straight to my heart I didn t know that the word intersex existed before seeing this book on Goodreads, let alone what it meant None of the Above clarified me on what it means to be intersex It also portrayed a realistic circumstance of a girl learning that she has a disorder of sex development.Here are some adjectives that describe the story sad, raw, depressive, intense, eye opening, hopeful It was sad because, when the whole school learned that Kristin was a hermaphrodite, they bullied her about it They were cruel to her Kristin s emotions were so raw and she even fell into depression She lost her best friends, her boyfriend, her place as a hurdler so much The chapters were extra short and their ending on a mini cliffy gave to the story an intensity that grabbed my interest and didn t let go.But even if there was sadness and darkness, there was light at the end of the tunnel Kristin didn t just decide to conceal herself from humanity in a dark hole No She tried to find help and I applauded her for it She contacted people who knew about were intersex, too, and who could enlighten her a little on the subject matter and answer her thousand of questions.How eye opening it was for me to see her struggle to see what a person that is intersex could live to see that there is to this world than we think there is And, finally, hopefulness Apr s la pluie, le beau temps, n est ce pas I hoped everything would fall into place for Kristin Some people complained that the ending was a little too good to be true or contrived, but that was not my opinion of it I was happy with how things turned out for Krissy She deserved nothing less.The author, at the end of this novel, recommended to us, the readers, some others titles, in case we re interested in informing ourselves about intersex via fiction or non fiction books And I am Interested, I mean Middlesex is one of the books she suggested so, if you ve read it, feel free to share your thoughts on it with me

  • Raeleen Lemay

    My rating leans a bit towards 3.75, but 4 will do I flew through this book, and I really ended up enjoying it You can tell how much research the author did going into the writing of the book, and that was a high point for me I felt like the general plot was a bit too high school drama y for me at times and the fact that romance was the motivation behind some of Kristin s IMPORTANT decisions was a bummer , but the overarching themes brought it all together for me in the end The main pro My rating leans a bit towards 3.75, but 4 will do I flew through this book, and I really ended up enjoying it You can tell how much research the author did going into the writing of the book, and that was a high point for me I felt like the general plot was a bit too high school drama y for me at times and the fact that romance was the motivation behind some of Kristin s IMPORTANT decisions was a bummer , but the overarching themes brought it all together for me in the end The main problem is that I was comparing it to Golden Boy the entire time, but I actually really liked how different it was from that book Kristin and Max s stories were so dramatically different, and that just goes to show how much variety there is within the topic of AIS and intersexuality I definitely liked Golden Boy , but that doesn t mean this book wasn t good Since this book is a YA novel, it s accessible to teen readers, and will help spread awareness GOOD STUFF

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader

    You know how when you take a multiple choice exam and there s a none of the above option, you d assume that it s a very easy question but in truth it s actually one of the most difficult ones because you ll have to consider the validity of each of the other choices before finally choosing the none of the above option in the case that it is the right answer Well, that is what has become of Kristin s life in this story when at 18, she belatedly discovers that her biological sexual category is You know how when you take a multiple choice exam and there s a none of the above option, you d assume that it s a very easy question but in truth it s actually one of the most difficult ones because you ll have to consider the validity of each of the other choices before finally choosing the none of the above option in the case that it is the right answer Well, that is what has become of Kristin s life in this story when at 18, she belatedly discovers that her biological sexual category is technically none of the above Kristin or Krissy, a smart, pretty and popular young woman after her first time to uhm you know, her first time Oh, jeez, please don t make me say it with her boyfriend Sam after their homecoming party, experienced severe pain and discomfort and decided to go visit the OB That s when she was diagnosed to have an AIS DSD Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Disorder of Sex Development also called intersex or commonly known as a case of hermaphrodite She IS a girl born without a uterus and apparently with almost imperceptible male parts, those gonads or uh testicle thingies Why can medical people say these things without being awkward Even though nothing has changed about Krissy, people s perception and ignorance about her physical condition however turned her life upside down One moment she was homecoming queen, the next she s bullied, laughed at and worse, easily rejected by her a hole of a boyfriend whose head I gravely want to drown in the toilet bowl or maybe simply kick The cruelty of the people at her school and even outside made me so furious and made me feel so protective of Krissi that I couldn t stop reading to find out how she ll survive this challenging phase of her life This reminded me that our most difficult life experience would truly determine which people are genuine, kind and open minded and these are the people we should stick to no matter what I admire the author who at the time she wrote the book was a fifth year surgical resident and had an intersex patient for feeling responsible in enlightening and educating readers not only about intersex but about gender sensitivity in general as well I like how her writing flows easily through the genuine voice of an 18 year old teen going through the shock of her diagnosis and even though I feel like the resolution could use a little elaboration, the story ended in an inspiring and assuring note This story is very original I haven t read quite anything like this before It is also very eye opening and in my strong honest opinion, readers should read this and authors should write books like this

  • Steph Sinclair

    Love isn t a choice You fall for the person, not their chromosomes. I love walking away from a book learning so much about people and the world around me It allows me to peep into the others lives and backgrounds, understand their struggles and fears I m very appreciative of authors who set out to bring awareness to topics such as this one intersex I ve learned a great deal from Kristen s story and I m left encouraged by the strength she showed The biggest con for me was the w Love isn t a choice You fall for the person, not their chromosomes. I love walking away from a book learning so much about people and the world around me It allows me to peep into the others lives and backgrounds, understand their struggles and fears I m very appreciative of authors who set out to bring awareness to topics such as this one intersex I ve learned a great deal from Kristen s story and I m left encouraged by the strength she showed The biggest con for me was the writing style At times it just felt too simple for my tastes, but that s my quirk, not None of the Above s I d recommend picking this one up, if for nothing other than broadening your understanding of intersex persons and challenging exploring any pre existing thoughts of what it truly means to be a woman More thoughts to come soon ARC was provided by the publisher for an honest review

  • Aimee (Aimee, Always)

    Ever heard of the term intersex Before coming across this book, I already knew that there were people who outwardly looked like a true male female, but had other parts, but I never really knew anything about this condition other than that None of the Above opened my eyes to this concept, and I believe everyone should at least give this book a shot It may be a heavy topic to center the book around, but it was important and meaningful.Kristin was such a realistic narrator She questioned the u Ever heard of the term intersex Before coming across this book, I already knew that there were people who outwardly looked like a true male female, but had other parts, but I never really knew anything about this condition other than that None of the Above opened my eyes to this concept, and I believe everyone should at least give this book a shot It may be a heavy topic to center the book around, but it was important and meaningful.Kristin was such a realistic narrator She questioned the universe for her condition, which I believe we would all do if we were in her shoes But she always put up a brave face for her dad, and I really respected her for that Sometimes she also dealt with her situation by making jokes out of it, which is what a lot of people do when they re faced with something they know they can t defeat She was also passionate about running, and when they tried to stop her from what she loved doing most Sure, she was disheartened and hurt as hell who wouldn t be , but in the end, she fought for her right to be a part of the women s team Love isn t a choice You fall for the person, not their chromosomes The relationships in this book were absolutely gorgeous Kristin had the most supportive father who did everything in his power to try to cheer Kristin up and to show her that he still loves her despite her condition He was an awkward sort of supportive and I found him to be really endearing.There was also a very tame romance presented in this book, and I appreciated that the author made it so that Kristin s condition was still the star of the book rather than the super adorable romance But I ll talk about it since it was so cute Darren was such a sweet love interest, and I loved how he was first Kristin s friend and supporter before they got together You can never go wrong with this kind of romantic development.This book was proof that while there are people who will judge you for things that weren t your fault, there will still be a handful of people who will try to brighten your day We may all fall down, but we ll get back up with the help of the people who love us

  • Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)

    I m ashamed to admit I almost wrote this book off before I ever touched it, mostly because I didn t understand intersex and what it meant Not until Steph, from Cuddlebuggery, set me straight on our way to NYCC14 Steph Awesome NONE OF THE ABOVE will be available at the Harper booth if we ask for it Me Huh What book is that Steph pulls up Goodreads This one.Me Oh, right Yeah, not my thing.Steph Really Me Yeah I m just not into transgender books or books about exploring sexuality It I m ashamed to admit I almost wrote this book off before I ever touched it, mostly because I didn t understand intersex and what it meant Not until Steph, from Cuddlebuggery, set me straight on our way to NYCC14 Steph Awesome NONE OF THE ABOVE will be available at the Harper booth if we ask for it Me Huh What book is that Steph pulls up Goodreads This one.Me Oh, right Yeah, not my thing.Steph Really Me Yeah I m just not into transgender books or books about exploring sexuality It s not my thing.Steph But that s not what this is about.Me frowns and grabs her phone to read the synopsis But she s intersex.Steph Exactly Not transgender.Me There s a difference Cue Steph educating me and piquing my curiosity enough that I followed her to the HarperCollins booth and requested a copy to read for myself.BEST DECISION EVER.Kristin is a very average girl, maybe a little popular than most of us were in high school, but a normal girl who is dealing with life and boys and sex When she decides to take the plunge with her high school boyfriend, things don t go as planned So she visits the doctor and is told her diagnosis.What I loved is I felt like I truly got to experience this journey with Kristin I understand her shock and shame and confusion because I felt it, too Having doctors explain to Kristin what her condition meant was like having doctors explaining it to me Rarely have a learned so much in a novel without feeling preached to or like I just finished a text book This truly a book about journey and self discovery and I.W Gregorio handles is with delicate strength, showcasing the doubt and triumph with incredible grace I hope this book finds a home in classrooms and libraries across the countries to educate people like Kristin s classmates And yes, people like me

  • Sarah

    Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss Could I please schedule surgery as soon as possible to remove my testicles This was an emotional story about a girl dealing with bullying, and trying to come to terms with an intersex diagnosis Did anyone ever mention anything to you about something called androgen insensitivity syndrome or AIS I really liked Kristin, she was such a sweet girl, and I really felt for Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss Could I please schedule surgery as soon as possible to remove my testicles This was an emotional story about a girl dealing with bullying, and trying to come to terms with an intersex diagnosis Did anyone ever mention anything to you about something called androgen insensitivity syndrome or AIS I really liked Kristin, she was such a sweet girl, and I really felt for her as her life just seemed to get worse and worse The way people started to treat her was just awful, and the way her friends and boyfriend turned on her was just so sad Vinnie McNab, the guy who had the locker next to mine, was going to be pissed because they d gotten some of the spray paint on his door, too.STAY AWAY TRANNY FAGGOT The storyline in this was really good, and I thought the author did well to portray the fear and confusion that Kristin felt, other people s reactions and their bullying of Kristin, as well as Kristin s slow progression back to a place where she felt a little happier with herself At least two of the other teams in our division have already filed complaints with the athletic board, accusing me of cheating and demanding an investigation, she told me I know that probably nothing will come out of it, but I m sorry to say that we can t allow you to run until we get things straightened out There was romance in this one, and I didn t really like Sam all that much He seemed to just be with Kristin because she was pretty and popular, and seemed like he was pretty desperate to have sex I much preferred the slower hint of a romance that we got later in the book Get away from me, he said without even looking up Sam, I whispered, even though it hurt so hard to say his name that I wanted to scream Can we please talk I ve got nothing to say to you, you homo The ending to this was pretty good, and while Kristin was likely to have hurdles in her future, I liked where the book ended Kristin seemed to be really making steps in the right direction, and I was happy that she was going to cope with her diagnosis, and really get her life back on track.7.5 out of 10 Love isn t a choice You fall for the person, not their chromosomes

  • Dahlia

    Sometimes, when I read older QUILTBAG books, I get sad thinking of how long queer kids have gone with those books being their only options books that seem to have sacrificed writing style or believability or realism just so that there would be queer books on shelves Books that could totally destroy a spirit, or make it impossible to believe in happy endings, or gloss over difficulties or sex.To the best of my knowledge, this is the only YA marketed Intersex book, and it is so, so heartening Sometimes, when I read older QUILTBAG books, I get sad thinking of how long queer kids have gone with those books being their only options books that seem to have sacrificed writing style or believability or realism just so that there would be queer books on shelves Books that could totally destroy a spirit, or make it impossible to believe in happy endings, or gloss over difficulties or sex.To the best of my knowledge, this is the only YA marketed Intersex book, and it is so, so heartening to be in love with it to know that if this is the only book Intersex kids ever discover though the author does kindly direct to both MIDDLESEX and GOLDEN BOY in the back , they will have found a phenomenal one.This book is real It is fun, and funny, and sad, and painful, and entertaining, and educational, and supportive The characters feel like teenagers, the dialogue s spot on, and the information coming from medical professionals is interspersed in a natural way that books about largely untapped issues rarely manage If I could make this mandatory reading for teens and adults alike, I d do it in a heartbeat

  • Kelsey

    None of the Above is a standard YA issue book about a girl named Krissy who discovers, shortly after her 18th birthday, that she s intersex She has androgen insensitivity syndrome and although she s been raised her entire life as a girl, her chromosomes are, in fact, XY From there it s a basic issue book plot about finding yourself and how boyfriends are super important or whatever.And I hated it.Disclaimer I m not intersex I m not an authority on what is or isn t offensive to intersex i None of the Above is a standard YA issue book about a girl named Krissy who discovers, shortly after her 18th birthday, that she s intersex She has androgen insensitivity syndrome and although she s been raised her entire life as a girl, her chromosomes are, in fact, XY From there it s a basic issue book plot about finding yourself and how boyfriends are super important or whatever.And I hated it.Disclaimer I m not intersex I m not an authority on what is or isn t offensive to intersex individuals Several of the problems I had with this book, however, are related to things I am qualified to speak about or are general knowledge sort of issues.To start, I fully believe that I.W Gregorio had good intentions when she wrote this book Her author s disclaimer at the end makes that clear However, like the character Faith in the book and like many dyadic cishet authors before her, her intentions failed Because I was an English major and the 3 point paper is basically a part of my soul by now, I have 3 main points 1 The slurs Oh My God The slurs Every LGBT slur I can think of but one is in this book There is a time and place for slur usage, namely when the narrative expressly points out that they are, in fact, pejorative slurs That is the only acceptable way for an author to use a slur that doesn t apply to themself directly This book doesn t do that Multiple f slurs, q slurs, t slurs I ll get into h slurs in a minute abound in this book and never, in any capacity, does the author or the narrator call them out for what they are slurs At one point, her sensitive dyadic cishet hero uses them in a conversation in such a casually offensive way, I almost DNF d the book on that passage alone DNF means Did Not Finish, for those who may not know I can t even find the proper words to explain how incredibly offensive this passage is He s literally trying to explain the concept of slurs to the protagonist while using them against her himself on the previous page a school bully had referred to her as both the f and t slurs In addition, qu r sounds kind of cute QU R SOUNDS KIND OF CUTE Are you KIDDING ME SLURS ARE NOT CUTE THAT S THE WHOLE REASON THEY RE SLURS.2 The h slur Like I said, I m not intersex, so I m not an authority on h slur appropriation usage But being super gay, if a cishet author wrote a book casually slinging slurs about me around like it was nothing, even though at least 2 characters in said book told the protag it was an offensive term, I d be super pissed I also have an issue with this This is from the author s note at the end of the book and I have 2 things to say about it Firstly, as a dyadic person, it is not Gregorio s right to reclaim anything and it doesn t even make sense to use the word, since in Krissy s first meeting with her gynecologist, the doctor explains to her that intersex is the proper term There s literally no reason at all to keep using the h word after that when you just explained to any not in the know readers what intersex is Secondly and less relevantly, I do not at all appreciate the insinuation that qu r is free from stigma it s not , that it has been fully reclaimed it hasn t , or that all gay men and women where are the B and T are cool with the term there s a reason I star it out.3 The ending This is where the spoilers are gonna start At the end of the book, Krissy goes clubbing with some friends of hers While there, she runs into a man named Josh who was in a previous scene She and Josh flirt, then he recognizes her as the local intersex track star and decides this would be a prime time to let his inner rapist out Krissy and Sensitive Hero Boy fight him off and in the end she s unhurt BUT Then there s this gem This assault is the catalyst that flings Krissy back from her post diagnosis depression After this, she kisses the guy, makes up with her old friends, goes back to school, emotional high fives her dad, and finally learns to love herself as the girl she is All because being sexually assaulted at a club taught her the meaning of life or whatever Not only is this using rape assault as a plot device a blanket no no , but I do not appreciate the insinuation that Krissy had to go through her worst case scenario in order to fully accept herself as intersex Hate crimes are not a rite of passage you go through to earn your minority credibility Krissy could so easily have learned to accept her diagnosis without having to be assaulted.Bonus point 4, because I ve always been an overachiever the transmisogynistic jokes gotta go Even after another character explains to the protag how intersex and trans are different, Krissy and others and by extension the author still make jokes at the expense of trans women There comes a point where Krissy almost insinuates that violence against her as an intersex girl is wrong, but would be okay if she were a trans girl Not quite, but almost.tl dr having diversity in your books is gr9, but it s a fine line to walk if it s a type of diversity you yourself don t experience I m not saying don t put diverse characters in your book But if you re going to write a book about being diverse in a way that you are not maybe just don t