George by Alex Gino

George by Alex Gino

                George loved reading Charlotte’s Web. So much so that George cried at the end when Charlotte died. Charlotte was everything she wanted to be. She wants to play Charlotte in the school play but her fear of everyone finding out that she is really a girl is crippling. Her mom and brother don’t know that she feels this way. George isn’t like the other boys because she isn’t a boy. She is a girl. But how to prove to everyone that what they see isn’t everything.
                Simple, powerful, timely and necessary. Those are the four words I would use to describe this book. Here we have a young person by the name of George, who was born a male but believes himself to be female. She is afraid of what that means but believes in her heart that is true. How do you reveal that information to the people you love most: your mother, brother, best friend? How can you prove to someone what you know is true. George was such a great character. She was well developed and had a great inner dialogue. Readers really understood the amount of anxiety that her identity was causing her and what each challenge was.

                Representation matters and I cannot stress that enough. As well written and age appropriate that this book is, it can and will have an impact on the lives of those begging for representation. I really enjoyed and found it to be a quick an easy read with so much depth. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. 


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