The cover might be simple, but the naked book is gorgeous!
Rating- 5/5 stars
Publisher- Scholastic Press
Pages- 195 (Hardcover)
George by Alex Gino was a book that I’d seen floating around the bookverse from the corner of my eye but wasn’t necessarily too enthusiastic to buy. But when I saw it at a bookstore I frequent, I picked it up without a second thought and it was amazing.
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 book sends a very important message- help your child become who they are, don’t ignore what they’re trying to tell you. The LGBTQ+ books that I’ve read so far have had characters who are well into their teens or in their twenties and are struggling with identity but this is the only one I’ve read that deals with those same issues with a much younger protagonist, an eight year old boy.
The story is from the point of view of young George, who has for a while known that he is not a boy, he’s a girl. But the fear of the people he loves most not accepting her for who she is overwhelms her and she’s scared to tell her family or her best friend Kelly. But when the time comes, she finds her family to be more than accepting and her best friend the best person she could ever know.
The thing I loved most about the story was the rawness of George’s pain. The every day struggle to hide who she is and play the ‘boy’ that she was born as but then going home and being herself was beautiful. It helps one realize that no one chooses to be who they are but they’re born with these feelings that they can’t help. Also, the most important thing, Alex Gino uses the correct pronouns and I loved that so so much.
The last few scenes were so beautiful and me being unable to stop myself from crying, did so quite easily.
It is a riveting read about knowing who you are and getting acceptance for being that person.
I recommend this to anyone who likes to read LGBTQ+ books and also to those looking to widen their horizons.
I rated this book a 5/5 stars.