When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.
But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”
Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s world completely unravels. With everything she thought she knew thrown into question, can she come to terms with her new self?
Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins
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What trade reviewers are saying:
“In this provocative and enlightening first novel, physician Gregorio creates a heart-wrenching story of self-discovery…[that] will strike a familiar chord with any reader who has felt estranged.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This coming-of-age novel develops Kristin beyond her chromosomes, offering a sophisticated exploration of gender and identity alongside nuanced plot threads involving family, friends, work, and romance. Affirming for intersex readers, enlightening for the rest, and affecting for all.” —Horn Book Review
“[R]emarkable…Eye-opening and important.” —Booklist
“…a compelling and touching narrative…NONE OF THE ABOVE rises above most young adult fiction because it has potential to evoke significant change.” —VOYA (5Q rating)
“Engaging and well-paced, with smart characters.” – School Library Journal
“Sensitive, informative and a valuable resource” —Kirkus Reviews
What other authors are saying:
“Noble, daring and necessary—I.W. Gregorio’s groundbreaking debut is a bittersweet, painful and ultimately life-affirming voyage of identity.” —Elizabeth Wein, Printz Honor winning & NYT bestselling author of Code Name Verity
“I couldn’t put this book down—it opened my mind in ways that few books have done before.” —Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winning & NYT bestselling author of Brown Girl Dreaming
“Like the beloved physician that she is, I.W. Gregorio brings rare knowledge and acute empathy to the illumination of an anatomical difference—and to the teens who discover, in the nick of time, the saving grace of knowing and being one’s truest self. A book unlike any other.” —Beth Kephart, National Book Award Finalist and author of Small Damages and Going Over
“What a lovely and terrific book. I.W. Gregorio tackles so many thorny issues with so much grace and aplomb. My hat is off.” —Daniel Handler, NYT bestselling author of the Printz Honor winning Why We Broke Up
“None of the Above is a sensitive, beautifully written story, told with heart (break) and humor. Gregorio deftly explores the isolation of being ‘other’ in a highly relatable way. Bravo!!” —Kristin Elizabeth Clark, acclaimed author of Freakboy
What booksellers & readers are saying:
“This beautifully written and moving novel chronicles Kristin Lattimer’s discovery of her AIS diagnosis, and the fallout that occurs when her “secret’ is revealed…The universal theme of rising above a difficult situation is one everyone can relate to, and Kristin’s courage will be a source of inspiration to all those who read this exceptional book.” —Heather Hebert, Haverford Children’s Book World
“Both deeply moving and triumphant, I.W. Gregorio’s None of the Above explores the adolescent pains of discovering one’s self and embracing both the good and bad. Full of heartbreaking believability that resonates with readers, she explores the important topics of learning to love yourself in ways that too few YA novels explore.”—Bonnie Lynn Wagner, Barnes & Noble Neshaminy Mall, PA
“Smartly and compassionately written for a young adult audience, None of the Above puts a new twist on the theme of adolescent difference and acceptance.” —Arlene Baratz MD (Moderator, Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome- Differences of Sex Development Parents Group www.aisdsd.org)