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George by Alex Gino
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it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary, diverse-reads, lgbtqiap, middle-grade, mlis, audio

Assigned reading for MLIS 7421: Multicultural Youth Literature.

George is the story of a child who's realized that she is a girl, even if she was born into a body that was assigned "male" at birth. Given the subject matter, it's already a heavy read at times, but when you add in the transphobia from many other characters—including George's own mother—it's downright heartbreaking in places. That said, I don't think it would be a spoiler to tell you that this children's story ends happily, and we get to watch George blossom into Melissa, her true self, complete with frilly dresses and bows. It's absolutely precious to watch her grow not only to accept herself, but also to start being accepted by her family, as well as her incredibly supportive best friend.

I listened to the audiobook format of this story, of which there are two versions; the one I listened to is narrated by trans actress Jamie Clayton, and knowing that the voice telling the story belonged to a woman who had undergone so many of the same feelings that are detailed in the story added a tremendously touching layer of authenticity. There are actually a couple of scenes in which you can hear the emotion in Jamie Clayton's voice, and those moments really drove the impact home of how important and powerful this story is. If you have the chance, I highly recommend Jamie's narration of the book.
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Reading Progress

June 22, 2018 – Started Reading
June 22, 2018 – Shelved
June 22, 2018 – Shelved as: contemporary
June 22, 2018 – Shelved as: diverse-reads
June 22, 2018 – Shelved as: lgbtqiap
June 22, 2018 – Shelved as: middle-grade
June 22, 2018 – Shelved as: mlis
June 22, 2018 –
16.0% "This is already so precious (and more heartbreaking than I expected it to be). If you've been considering reading this, let me recommend the audiobook - it's narrated by a trans voice actress and the delivery is beautiful."
June 22, 2018 – Finished Reading
August 3, 2018 – Shelved as: audio

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dezzy I loved this book! 😭💕

destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] dezzy wrote: "I loved this book! 😭💕"

It was so sweet and precious! ♥♥

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