Nowadays, I’m always open to discovering fiction that feature plots that aren’t typical. This novel is definitely one with a unique premise that I hadn’t seen before. The debut novel of I.W. Gregorio, None of the Above is about a teenage girl named Kristin Lattimer who finds out that she is intersex- or a person who has chromosomes of both female and male. As she struggles to find out more, her life gets more complicated when her classmates discover her condition.

What fascinated me about this novel is that the author is also a practicing surgeon. Gregorio’s medical background definitely helped her translate some of the doctor jargon into English, but it was also interesting knowing she knew what she was talking about.

I like Kristin’s character because of the realistic experience she had. Initially terrified about her condition, Kristin takes initiative by learning more about it and reaching out for support online. There’s the important message of knowing she is not the only person who exists who has the condition.

I also applaud Gregorio for writing a novel on a topic that hasn’t been done before. I feel like there’s more of a need for books on topics that are considered new or even a little taboo. I’m looking forward to reading more of Gregorio’s writing in the future.

 

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