Friday, September 4, 2015

George by Alex Gino

" 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." (inside cover)

Alex Gino's George is a book that makes you think. Gender Identity is an issue that has been brought to the forefront of our society these past couple of years. From actresses like Laverne Cox, celebrities, like Caitlyn Jenner and Chaz Bono,  and children like Jazz Jennings have put real face to the transgender community. With people coming forward and sharing their journey, I believe more children will be willing to talk about the journey they are on and Alex Gino's George is a great book for them to read.

One thing I found amazing with this book is from the very first pages, George is always referred to by the pronouns "she" or "her" when not being talked to by another character in the book. From the first pages George knows her identity, and you the reader know it as well. From the very beginning of the book, you know George and you go through her struggle to let others know who she is.

I don't understand the struggle of not being able to identify as who you are based on gender ( I fully understand the struggle of not being able to convince everyone of who I am racially-- joys of being bi-racial), but I appreciate Alex Gino's novel. I appreciate the look at what a child who is transgendered or trying to figure out their gender identity may be going through.
George is a great book to hand kids who may come looking for someone to sympathize with. Excellent job, Alex Gino.

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