None of the Above

None of the Above

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Kristen discovers that she is intersex and possesses male chromosomes, a diagnosis that is leaked to the whole school, throwing Kristin's entire identity into question.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062335319
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 22 cm


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Kristen discovers that she is intersex and possesses male chromosomes, a diagnosis that is leaked to the whole school, throwing Kristin's entire identity into question.

Kristen discovers that she is intersex and possesses male chromosomes, a diagnosis that is leaked to the whole school, throwing Kristin's entire identity into question.

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Sep 13, 2020

I really liked this book for many different reasons. This book was a really needed eye opener to the term intersex. Before I had read this book, i had very basic knowledge about intersex people. I had heard of it a few times. Reading this book made me realize what intersex really meant and what it felt like to be intersex. It gave me perspective of an intersex life. I had no idea what intersex people experience on a day to day basis. It really broke my heart to see how some people treated intersex people badly. On the other hand i did like how there was some romance and heartbreak tied into the story. I am the kind of person that loves when a story had some tie to love. I would completely recommend this book to someone who would like to open there mind more on inter-sexuality. This book changed my view on inter sexuality and it can change yours as well!

Mar 09, 2019

About an intersex young woman named Kristin. I liked the book; unlike transgender books, this one wasn't completely full of self-pity. Many of the characters in this book point out how gender is a social construct (unlike sex) and that there is a bright side to being intersex. And they aren't called homophobes for doing so. By the end of the book, Kristin is humbled and wiser. The author does a good job portraying a realistic teen girl with normal feelings and thoughts without being overly concerned about offending people.

ArapahoeTiegan Jun 12, 2018

Kristin finds out that she is intersex, and this begins to change how she sees herself and the world around her. Before she able to come to terms with the news, her intersex status is leaked to her school - her best friend freaks out, her boyfriend breaks up with her, and many classmates begin bullying her. There were a lot of instances that were hard to read - I found myself wanting to cry with/for Kristin and just hop into the story and give her a hug. Kristin is a very relatable character, even for non-intersex people, and she is a great window into an experience that not many people know about.

May 15, 2018

I think it is very important people be warned about the narrative of this book. While there may be some very basic information about intersex people communicated through it, there is also a lot of conflation of gender with sex in ways that are harmful. The main character goes through understanding her body and new diagnosis in ways I can't imagine would help intersex readers feel good about themselves. Educated to a certain degree, maybe, but the heavy stigma and self disgust of not having a binary sex is very overt in the protagonist's narrative.

Ultimately, a huge trigger warning for sexual assault is necessary as well because the novel ends with her needing to be saved from an assaulter by her love interest. The one good thing about this book is a side character (who barely is in the story) who feels good about her body and does not feel the need to seek 'corrective' surgery. So warnings about intersexphobia, transphobia, medical violence and misinformation as well as sexual violence.

Cheryl_in_IT 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.

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.

Jul 11, 2016

Really smart & sensitive.

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."

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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