George

Finished George by Alex Gino.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.”

This was one of my “must gets” at BEA and it taunted me as I tried to read everything in release order.

I love this new trend of diverse books exploring non-hetero sexuality and transgender people.  I love how these books are educating people in very subtle, non-preachy ways.

George is one of those characters that will stick with you.  She knows she’s a girl, but isn’t sure how to explain it to her best friend or to her mom and brother.  They think she’s a boy, but she has never felt like one.

This book was so hard to read in parts, because the mom is trying so hard to be a good parent and her ways of reassuring George really don’t help.  (She doesn’t know what’s going on, so she tells George, “No matter what, I’ll always love you; you’ll always be my baby boy.”  Which is super sweet, of course, but it also breaks George’s heart because she knows she’s actually not her mom’s baby boy.)

George is such a sweetheart and all I wanted was to make her life easier.  Of course that can’t happen; the world is how it is.  But I love how fiercely she clung to the fact that she was a girl, even though no one else knew or would believe it.

Highly recommended.

 

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