Title: George

 Author: Alex Gino

 Genre: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction

 Synopsis: 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.

“George stopped. It was such a short, little question, but she couldn’t make her mouth form the sounds.
Mom, what if I’m a girl?”                                                                                                                            – George

Spoiler Warning: This review contains mild spoilers about the novel.

My review: This book makes me feel warm inside. It’s a quick read, but it leaves a lasting impression. This book is about George. George is a girl who is biologically a boy. When the class announces that they are doing a play on the novel Charlotte’s Web, George really wants to play the role of Charlotte and show everyone who she truly is.

This book explores Georges’s own feelings about who she is and how people will react to her being a girl. She loves reading glossy magazines and imagining herself as the girls in them. She hates going to the boy’s bathroom and talking about what was in between her legs. George researches online about being transgender and wants to fully transition into a girl. But for that to happen, she needs her parents permission.

I love Kelly so much, she is an amazing best friend to George. She encourages George to be who she is and researches online about  being transgender. She even calls her ‘Melissa’, the name that George calls herself in private. Scott, George’s older brother, is also accepting of George, telling her that it makes sense that George is actually a girl. George’s mother has mixed emotions about the situation, but wants what’s best for George.

The thing that I like most about this book is the pronouns used. This book is told in 3rd person and George is always referred to as ‘she’. I feel like this makes the message of the book that much stronger.

This books is a very emotional and honest read. It’s a great book for younger readers (as well as older readers) to explore transgender issues and diversity. It’s about learning to accept yourself for who you truly are. This is a book that I would recommend to everyone.

My rating🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)

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Published by Ashley S