I’ve been meaning to do this one. I finished the book a while ago, but never got to do a review for it. So here it goes!
Author: Alex Gino
Genre: Realistic (LGBTQ)
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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.
I’ve actually never read a book with completely LGBT(Q) themes. Like, maybe a side romance of gay (Malec, guys), but not entirely.
This is such a moving book. It helped me realize that people like George are regular, they just want different things. They have different dreams and wishes. There wasn’t much action, but this kind of book is not supposed to have.
One of the only downside is the length of the book. There was a heavy under dose of detail, resulting in an incredibly short book. I finished it in less than a day. Maybe it was supposed to do this, but this only tells about a very short portion of George’s life. I think it would have been more interesting if it told about her struggles and how she came to her decision.
Other than that, it was written by a transgender author. I actually first met him at the North Texas Teen Book Festival, and he is very moving. His book is, essentially a copy of him, I feel. He really put his thoughts into the book.
For this, I give:
A full five stars!