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None of the Above

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  2,217 ratings  ·  567 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, 352 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
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Emily May
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 and
3 1/2 stars.

‘‘You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.’’

I’m genuinely glad I read this book. It wasn’t the best YA contemporary I’ve ever had the chance to read, but it was informative, authentic and the story went straight to my heart. I didn’t know that the word ‘‘intersex’’ existed before seeing this book on Goodreads, let alone what it meant. None of the Above clarified me on what it means to be intersex. It also portrayed a realistic circumstance of a girl learning that she has a d
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 was the w

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 the u
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
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
Aj the Ravenous Reader

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
Raeleen Lemay
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(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 for
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
*4.5 stars*
The thing is...I didn't like the book, but I think everyone should read it.

I appreciate Gregorio's efforts about this book. I admit I didn't know that an intersex was even something real. Now I know some about it, and I'm glad that the author put it simply.

But. And there's always 'but'.

The writing style..

Now, this is another perfect example of how an author can aim very good with producing a very poor book. And also a perfect example on how That just because the author aims good, it doesn'
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,
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Short review:

Ugh. I really really really wanted to like this book––but it was a letdown for me.

If you want to learn about AIS and what it means to be intersex: this book accomplishes that. At least I did learn a lot about a subject I previously knew very little about.

If you want a well-written, compelling story with original and interesting characters: well, that's where the book fell short for me. Although it kept me reading and was easy to finish, I found the characters kinda one-dimensional
Aisha Saeed
So I finished this book and I cried. Because- WOW.

We need diverse books because we want to both be able to see ourselves in print and know our stories matter, but we ALSO want to learn about others who we may never otherwise know and see the fullness of their humanity. NONE OF THE ABOVE will do both. It will be a powerful mirror for those who need to see someone with their own experiences in print, but it will also be an incredible window into the life of someone they may never otherwise know. A
I'll write a full review closer to the release date but for now, here's a few thoughts.

I loved this book! Though it's only early in the year, I can not only imagine its impact on me lingering for a while but it also being one of my favourite reads. It was engaging enough to finish in just a few hours and I felt like I was going through everything with the protagonist. I learned a lot about being intersex with this book - it's my first time reading about it and I had only a faint knowledge on th
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 yo
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.

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 emoti
Lauren  (YABookers)
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
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
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
None of the Above is a moving and emotional read that gives awareness to readers about people who are intersex.

Kristin has a good life. She has a good boyfriend. She was voted homecoming Queen and has the best friends a girl could ask for. She has all the normal issues any teenage girl would have especially when it involves sex with her boyfriend. But when Kristin finally decides it’s the right time, her first time isn’t what she expected. Being a mature teenager, she decides to go to the docto
Abigail Wen
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
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*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.
That’s when I realized that life was a multiple-choice test with two answers: Male or Female. And I was None of the Above.

¿Qué otra novela YA tiene a una protagonista intersex? He leído pocos libros de este tipo, y en ninguno de ellos encontré a un personaje como Kristin, mucho menos lo que ella tuvo que enfrentar después de que descubriera su condición. None of the Above no tiene la narración que me gusta, ni tiene a los mejores personajes. Sin embargo, el hecho de que toque un tema que pocos
Bieke {Istyria book blog}

Istyria book blog ~ B's world of enchanted books

You know that feeling when you come across a book and something in you just tells you that you have to read it immediately? You just have to push everything else to the side and start this book. Everything I get that feeling, I go with it. Why? Because that gut feeling has yet to prove me wrong. Everytime I just follow that instinct, I end up with yet another 5 star book that reached my heart in one way or another. None of the Above is no exception
Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this!

4.5 Stars

Wow. I FLEW through this book. I could not put it down. I actually almost didn't read this because I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but wow, I'm so glad that I did. This is actually not my first time reading about intersex characters, I read Middlesex years ago and I watched a Japanese drama a few years ago that dealt with the same subject.

This book is heartbreaking in the way that it shows how fucking ignorant p
Claire Stevens
I received a copy of None of the Above in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.

This review is also on my blog:

I rated this as 9/10 on my blog, but I’m rounding up here because I think None of the Above is an incredibly important book and one that people need to hear about.

Kristen Lattimer is a high school student who seems to have everything going for her. She has a boyfriend who she loves, she’s a champion hurdler with a full sch
Howdy YAL
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I recieved a DRC from Edelweiss this did not effect my opinion of the book.

When I received a DRC of this one I literally downloaded and started reading. That’s how excited I was for this book. That’s sort of a bad way to start a book, because unless the book is just spectacular it’s probably not going to give you the book-gasm you expected.

None of the Above wasn’t the book-asm I was expecting, but it wasn’t bad. It had a lot of good things going for it. I
Lauren James
This book is described as ‘Middlesex meets Mean Girls’, which I think is incredible accurate, but also makes it easy to dismiss the novel as a light rewrite for teens. I don’t think that’s true.

This book has what Middlesex lacked for me: a protagonist who I could get behind and care about and adore. I was rooting for Kristin for the entire book. I wanted her to be happy, but that didn’t mean I wanted her to ‘fix’ being intersex. The book managed to portray it as something that doesn’t have to be
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My reviews:
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:
*5-star reviews are for books that I LOVED and would buy for someone as a gift.
*4-star reviews are for books that I liked/admired and would recommend to someone else.

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