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Fifteen-year-old Jesse lives in a society where babies are born neither male nor female - gender is assigned at birth. Will the secret she closely guards be found out? Boyfriend Zeus, mother Ana's Natural Souls, and new friend Ork, leader of We Are One, pull Jesse in different directions, forcing her to make her own mind up about who she really is.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by Bridge House
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This is the story of Jesse, an intersexed, female identifying, person living in a world where living as intersexed is seen as both morally and legally wrong.
So wrong in fact, that parents of intersexed children are mandated by the government to have their children sexually assigned through surgical means at birth.

Jesse, it seems, is one of the lucky few who get to choose. She and her brother Randy have been able to keep the secret of their ambiguous genitalia, until at age 16, after having embra
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Ronda Fox
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
I didn't really know what I was getting into with this text, but I thought it sounded interesting from the summary. This dystopian society book is unlike others that I have read. Instead of war, famine, or plague making a lot of the world die out, this book actually reveals a morphed population. It points to pollution, chemicals, and other man made environmental issues. These disasters cause babies to be born intersexed, born with both male and females reproductive systems. As a comment on today ...more
Carrie
Review originally posted on Once Upon A Dream Books.

*Shanta Everington provided for an honest review.*

In Jesse's world, most children with both male and female reproductive parts. But even though these children are the majority new births, their society cannot tolerate these abnormalities. So at birth, following governmental mandates, children become one or the other by forced surgical procedure. XY quickly becomes this mix of dystopian and contemporary vibes, who's main goal seems to be to make
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Paula  Phillips
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Are you a fan of the Dystopian genre ? Loved Thumped and Bumped by Megan McCafferty ? Imagine a world where babies aren't born a specific gender , a world where the gender is assigned to them at birth ? Could you imagine growing up and not knowing whether you were supposed to be a girl or a boy ? There are some households that rebel against this system and are letting their children decide when the time is right to what they want to be. For fifteen year old Jesse, that time is coming up fast and ...more
Merisha28
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
XY by Shanta Everington
Print Length: 117 pages
Publisher: The Red Telephone (June 15, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

My Review~~
This is a Dystopian type of book where society governs whats acceptable especially if you are born with both genders. Luckily Jesse and her brother have safeguarded their undecided gender up til 16, now they have to pick. That's when Ork comes on the scene and flips Jesse's perspective and pull her into a different path. Even though this book is a fiction te
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Phil Jones
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
An intriguing scenario - imagine a dystopian world where we are born without a specific gender - so it has to be assigned at birth. It's an original exploration of sexuality filtered through the eyes of a teenage protagonist living with a secret. At times provocative, at times perhaps overly-sentimental, it's still a book that will leave you wondering what if. . .
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Shanta Everington is the author of seven books. Her latest Young Adult novel XY is published in June 2014 by Red Telephone Books. She lives in London, UK.
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