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?
I find that this book has taught me many things about intersex which I was unaware about. This book touches on connecting the readers with the emotions that someone having intersex is feeling. The confusion that the main character, Kristin, faced when she first found out that she was an intersex was overwhelmingly intense. The emotional connection between the readers and the character was well executed. Moreover, incorporating real life intersex stories made the story more interesting. By letting the readers know of The Caster Semenya Controversy about her gender and winning the Olympics Gold Medal showed the discrimination that intersex faces.
However, I felt that the ending was too good to be true. I understand the flight that she went through with the whole school finding out she was a hermaphrodite. She was bullied and her boyfriend had dumped her for her gender. The discrimination was unbearable for anyone to face. But by ending the book with another boy and not being looked down upon was unrealistic. The ending should be raw in terms of her accepting the reality and tries to move on with her life.