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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  13,043 ratings  ·  1,882 reviews
A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex... and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. 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.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an inst
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
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Emily May
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I tried to hold things together, but I could feel pieces of myself crumbling, turning to dust.
“It’s not fair. I’m a girl.” My voice came out in a whisper.

2015 so far seems to be an excellent year for YA contemporary. I'm always the kind of person who finds myself attracted to books that promise breathtaking fantasy, magic, prophecies and fast-paced action, and yet so many of those books feel like carbon copies of older works lately. Contemporary has been kicking fantasy's ass with powerful a
None of the Above is a standard YA “issue book” about a girl named Krissy who discovers, shortly after her 18th birthday, that she’s intersex. She has androgen insensitivity syndrome and although she’s been raised her entire life as a girl, her chromosomes are, in fact, XY. From there it’s a basic “issue book” plot about finding yourself and how boyfriends are super important or whatever.

And I hated it.

Disclaimer: I’m not intersex. I’m not an authority on what is or isn’t offensive to intersex i
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Lola

You know how when you take a multiple choice exam and there’s a none of the above option, you’d assume that it’s a very easy question but in truth it’s actually one of the most difficult ones because you’ll have to consider the validity of each of the other choices before finally choosing the none of the above option (in the case that it is the right answer)? Well, that is what has become of Kristin’s life in this story when at 18, she belatedly discovers that her biological sexual category is
Steph Sinclair
... Love isn't a choice. You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.

I love walking away from a book learning so much more about people and the world around me. It allows me to peep into the others' lives and backgrounds, understand their struggles and fears. I'm very appreciative of authors who set out to bring awareness to topics such as this one: intersex. I've learned a great deal from Kristen's story and I'm left encouraged by the strength she showed. The biggest con for me w
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

Ever heard of the term intersex? Before coming across this book, I already knew that there were people who outwardly looked like a true male/female, but had other parts, but I never really knew anything about this condition other than that. None of the Above opened my eyes to this concept, and I believe everyone should at least give this book a shot. It may be a heavy topic to center the book around, but it was important and meaningful.

Kristin was such a realistic narrator. She questioned th
Hannah McBride
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m ashamed to admit I almost wrote this book off before I ever touched it, mostly because I didn’t understand intersex and what it meant. Not until Steph, from Cuddlebuggery, set me straight on our way to NYCC14.

Steph: Awesome! NONE OF THE ABOVE will be available at the Harper booth if we ask for it!
Me: Huh? What book is that?
Steph *pulls up Goodreads*: This one.
Me: Oh, right. Yeah, not my thing.
Steph: Really?
Me: Yeah … I’m just not into transgender books or books about exploring sexuality. It
Elle (ellexamines)
2.5 stars. Yes, here I am again, shitting all over books everyone else finds incredible.

This book IS important. Intersex issues deserve more recognition and the author is clearly trying to give these topics exactly the recognition they deserve. But first of all, it's kind of mediocre, and second of all, the rep isn't really all that fantastic?


Here's the thing: this reads like an issues book where the "issue" is her being intersex. And that just feels... uh. I don't k
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Could I please schedule surgery as soon as possible to remove my testicles?”

This was an emotional story about a girl dealing with bullying, and trying to come to terms with an intersex diagnosis.

“Did anyone ever mention anything to you about something called androgen insensitivity syndrome or AIS?”

I really liked Kristin, she was such a sweet girl, and I really felt
Sometimes, when I read older QUILTBAG books, I get sad thinking of how long queer kids have gone with those books being their only options - books that seem to have sacrificed writing style or believability or realism just so that there would *be* queer books on shelves. Books that could totally destroy a spirit, or make it impossible to believe in happy endings, or gloss over difficulties or sex.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the only YA-marketed Intersex book, and it is so, so heartening
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
None of the Above is one of those rare books that is not only important for its subject matter, but is a genuinely high quality entertaining book with a character I couldn't help but adore and root for. I fear that nothing I say can do it much justice, because it was just lovely, and necessary, and so incredibly well done.

When we meet Krissy, things are going pretty great. She's doing great in sports and school, has a close group of friends, and a boyfriend who she is thrilled with. So thrilled,
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Looking for a diverse book? None of the Above ticks all of the boxes - feminism, sexuality, gender identity, and what it means to be a hermaphrodite. Now I thought being a transsexual and hermaphrodite were the same thing, but this book surely opened my eyes to what it meant to be intersex - or a female, with male reproductive organs.

It starts off quite deceivingly, with Kristin being crowned the Homecoming Queen with her po
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

When I started None of the Above, I went in blindly, because I couldn't for the life of me remember what the book was about. The beginning was kind of generic, like a carbon copy of every YA contemporary out there, and I was worried this was going to be a disappointment. I'm pleased to say that it was not.

Once Krissy's intersex diagnosis came along, I couldn't stop reading. Even though I'm supportive of the LGBTQIA community, I had never read an intersex book, and I didn't know a lot ab
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Books like this are SO important. It raises awareness and that's important because not a lot of people in this book knew what being intersex meant and I think that's true in real life too. I didn't know what it meant until about 2 years ago (ish) when I watched a TV show called Faking It and I'm almost 22 now! People didn't just bully Kirsten because they were mean bullies, they bullied her because they didn't understand. She was called names like "man-whore", "faggot", "hermaphrodite" and "tran ...more
Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)
Jul 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned, lgbtqia, wish-list
TW: Outting, transphobia, homophobia, bullying

This book was highly offensive to trans people. As a trans person, I was so uncomfortable reading the main character use derogatory slurs and not learning from her mistakes. As well as the side characters and no one learned from their mistakes? They were forgiven for outting her to the whole school and I'm sure that it wouldn't have been so dramatic. Also, the main character met a lesbian character, who is also intersex and told her that she was sca
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Informative and excellent in many ways, and well worth reading. I wish some of the emotional stuff and plot points were smoothed out a bit, but it's definitely a book I'd recommend.

Renée Ahdieh
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this book, not BECAUSE you've never read anything like it, but because it's a beautiful, beautiful story that anyone and everyone will relate to--

A story about finding out who we all are, beneath the surface.

Just read it.
Maybe Shakespeare was preaching that it shouldn't matter if you were a man or a woman. But what if you were something in between ?

One of my teacher used to say that there were three absolute truths in life: we have a mother and a father, we're a boy or a girl, and we're born and going to die.
Although I hated him, and after a lot of time spent trying to prove him wrong, I realized he was right.

It's terrifying, really, to know that you can only be sure of three things in your life. So what if
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5

So fantastically informative and eye-opening. I just want to book-push this to everyone. I hope Ilene writes more wonderfully diverse books like this one. Full review tk.
murphy ✌ (daydreamofalife)
2 / 5

Short review because I'm afraid I'll lower the rating if I think too much on this one.

So! First and foremost this book wasn't bad. It really wasn't. If I'd read this book 5-10 years ago, I would've been tempted to give it 5 stars for subject matter alone. I mean, books with main characters who don't fit into the 'binary/cis/white/hetero' box are super important. And we definitely need more of them, whether in the YA field or not.

The problem was I didn't like our main character Kristin at al
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
I apologize for anyone I hurt with my original review of this book. All I can say is that I read it before I was aware enough in my reading to look for harm, and I will do better in the future. Thank you to those reviewers who have called out the extremely negative aspects of this story and helped me to learn.

While this is good at introducing the basic terminology and bare scientific basics of what it means to be intersex, the book itself is full of transphobia and harm. The main character is se
☆Pelumi☆ (Going on hiatus because school exists)

I really loved this book!!!!!
Great intersex rep<33
Barbara Neilson
May 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was so disappointed. I read this book, as I am a social worker who has spent almost 29 years working with the population of patients who are intersex or living with a DSD. I had plans for recommending it to my patients, with a similar diagnosis. I am highly unlikely to recommend it to many , if any at all.
There were some good points. Most of the population has not heard of intersex, and it is good for them to be educated. The inclusion of encouraging Kristin to connect with the support group w
Chelsea slytherink
I've wanted to read this book for a while, and it didn't disappoint! I've read this in one sitting, and I don't do that often.

The main character in this book finds out she is intersex. She struggles with the diagnosis, and soon, the whole school finds out.

First of all, the author is a surgeon, so she knew what she was talking about. I'm active on Tumblr and I'm a feminist, so I am familiar with LGBTQA, but this is the first time I've read about intersex, so I loved the doctor appointments, wher
I've never quoted any lines from any advance copies I read, but this one is just too special not to share.

You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.

My thanks to Balzer + Bray

Point of View: Single (Kristin)
Writing: First Person | Past Tense
Setting: New York
Genre: Young Adult | GLBT

My first time reading a book with a intersex character, and it blew me away by how emo
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
I received a free copy to review via Edelweiss

When I saw None of the Above, I was excited because I had never heard of a book with an intersex protagonist, and therefore I feel that None of the Above has made a giant leap in the diverse books movement. When I read it, I found it was a moving, raw and emotionally driven novel that tries its very best to stay authentic and provide a relatable intersex character struggling with her identity.

I knew very little about being intersex before starting t
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is undoubtedly one of the best books I've read this year. Although 'None of the Above' isn't an own voices intersex story, Gregorio is a medical professional who has dealt with intersex patients and the amount of research and sensitivity reading that has gone into this book shows in the way it's informative, sensitive and, most importantly, a delight to read.

I immediately fell in the love with Krissy's voice, it was the perfectly on the border of functioning teenager and in-the-middle-of-a
Things that are flawless: this book. The author knows her stuff, and she actually cares about what she's writing. Her passion is palpable, and even if you can't relate to the heroine's specific struggle, the message resonates and makes itself relevant to anyone: it's okay to fall apart, it's okay to need help, the ones you truly need will never leave.

Fans of More Happy Than Not, Not Otherwise Specified, The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda, or Down from the Mount
Abigail Hing
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
BRILLIANT. I had the honor of watching this beautiful and honest book evolve from conception, to landing multiple agent offers with just a partial, to signing with a dream (multiple award-winning) editor at Harper Collins, to its gorgeous (yet to be revealed!) cover.

A surgeon in her other life, I.W. Gregorio writes with a keen knowledge of her subject matter as well as deep empathy for her characters. Kristin's compelling voice rings true from the first to last words.

I.W. Gregorio is amazing a
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5 stars*

I feel like None of the Above is so important for so many reasons.
I've never read about intersex in books, which is a shame because it is something that exist and we should be more educated about this and so many other things.
At the same time the plot and the characters are lacking of depth and even if I enjoyed my time reading this book I wished these aspects were done better.
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As Julie Ann Peters says: "Writers have enough critics in the world. I don't want to be a critic. I support writers in whatever way I can." As such, I have a very simple rating system:
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