Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 25, 2015)
Genre: Fiction/Middle Grade/LGBTQIA
Rating: 4 stars
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.
All it takes is three words to describe George: Short, Simple and Sweet. At 240 pages Alex Gino is very short. If you’re an avid reader or fast reader you can finish this book within a hour or two. But don’t let the shortest of the book fool you. George is a rather touching story that I’m sure will be discussed time and time again . I just hope in a positive light. Because the topic of Transgender and Transitioning is something that needs to be talked about openly with passion and kindest. As an adult I hardly know anything about the transgender community and that is something I wish to change. And George has sparked that learning curve with it’s simplicity.
And that is what I love about George. It doesn’t go all out to be complicated in it’s message: which is BE WHO YOU ARE. I also love the fact that it’s not too preachy. It just gets straight to the point.
By the way, I’ve read some reviews where it talks about how George the main character is a bit too young to know about what it means to be Transgender and Transitioning. I call bullshit. The way technology is set up you can google anything. Plus, adult need to know that kids are smart and more intelligent than we give them credit for.
Okay rant over.
One more thing I would like to point out is that everyone needs a friend like Kelly. She is your ride or die, always by your side and doesn’t judge but supports you on your journey on being who you are meant to be. I really and truly enjoy the friendship between those two. It warm and refreshing.
I highly recommend this book. It will definitely get the discussion rolling. Plus I think it’s a great introductory book into what it means to be transgender. Or going through the transitioning part of your journey.
*Sidenote: I’m by no way an expert on this subject so, if I’ve say something wrong please do me a favor and point it out. That’s the only way I will truly learn. Thank you.