I’ve been reading like a fiend lately because of all the goodies publishers have been making availible to me through NetGalley so I have two reviews for you today. I’ll only link to the summaries and try to keep things brief.
First up! Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
I liked the story of Grayson (biologically male) identifying himself as a girl and being part of his journey to express himself as such. From questioning himself and his feelings to taking a big risk and slowly letting his inner girl out, it was a well written, sincere narrative of a child facing his family, classmates and the world as his true self.
I loved that he explored his identity through theater and find people who didn’t care that he was different. It was refreshing to see that he had support from several adults and friends instead of being told that he was wrong wrong wrong!
You should read this book regardless of how you feel about the topic of gender expression/identity. Be forewarned that Grayson’s journey was not an easy one and that he was picked on and shunned by classmates and family.
Gracefully Grayson was great, but lets switch gears to an entirely different sort of book and talk about The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate.
Oh goodness this book was slow to get started, but I am not an avid British gardener or one generally interested in what goes into one. Once the characters started being developed in more detail it helped the plot along, but to me, the “who done it?” aspect of this was rather apparent and while the character development through examining each person was nice, some of it felt forced in just to make the book longer.
That said, I’d liked the story and would be interested in reading more about Pru, her adventures, and her fellow, Christopher, in future books. I hope they sort out the living situation. They make a cute couple.
I have lots more books to review and read. I’m excited to keep reading.
If you’d like to read one of these let me know and I’ll send you a copy (if more than one person wants one, I’ll pick at random and let you know.)