Author: Alex Gino
Genre: Middle Grade Literature, Contemporary
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
(Because I couldn’t sum it up any better)
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.
This book had been on my TBR for quite some time, and I’m so glad I finally got to pick it up. I had heard many great things about it, and it didn’t disappoint. It really deserves all the praise, especially since it is talking about a really important topic, and sets the example for parents and families who might need to help a trans child grow up. It’s just super beautiful and well written. It’s very well executed and SO IMPORTANT.
Let me start by saying that books narrated with the voice of a child (like Room) always leave a deep impact on me, and this one was exactly one of those. The story follows George, a little girl growing up with the body of a boy. No one knows it, and no one can see it, but she knows it: she’s a girl, and she has found the perfect opportunity to show it to the world, the school play where she wants to interpret the main character Charlotte, so perfecly that people will see she is a girl.
I thought it was a very beautiful premise. I really liked the relationship between George and her best friend Kelly, and also with her mother and brother. The book was full of sweet surprises. It was a quick read, and all the more so a book that should be read by everyone in my opinion. We need more books like this one!
The struggles and the discomforts George had to face through the book were well depicted, and she overcame them. It was a very sweet book, with supportive side characters, and I absolutely loved how full of hope the ending was. Definitely recommended!