Author: Alex Gino
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: August 25, 2015
Pages: 240 pages
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.
George by Alex Gino is a children’s book, but it is more mature than any other books I have ever read. It has this subtle way of educating the reader what it is to be transgender, and it opened a window for us to realize their life and emotions. I believe that this book is an important read because kids, at a young age, should know that transgender people are real; they have feelings, they could be anybody, and that they could be transgender and it’s okay.
George teaches kids and adults acceptance and unconditional love. It shows us that we need to be nice to one another because you’ll never know what someone is going through. The story is written simply because it should be this simple to accept someone’s identity.
“And you know what? If you think you’re a girl, then I think you’re a girl too!”
Quite a few books have made me cry this year, and George is definitely one of them. Bitter-sweet tears escaped my eyes because someone finally put it out there that you are okay; that you are okay if you are transgender, or bi, or gay, or lesbian.
You are okay if you are anything but straight.
“Well, you can’t control who your children are, but you can certainly support them, am I right?”
To all the parents who are struggling to accept their transgender kid, or gay son, or lesbian daughter — there is nothing wrong with them, with us. We are still the same child you taught how to read and say the ABCs. We are still the same child you taught how to ride the bike. Our sexuality and identity might not be straight, but we are still the same child you gave birth to. Nothing has changed. The world is already a cruel place, but as long as we have you, your love and acceptance, we will be okay.
To all who are struggling to accept their identity or sexuality — there is nothing wrong with you, there is nothing wrong with us. Our sexuality and identity is our normal just like how straight people like their opposite sex. The world can be cruel to people that’s “different,” but trust me when I say that it will get better. Life is scary. Life is difficult, but it is much more difficult if you keep on fighting who you really are. Don’t make your own life difficult. Love and accept yourself.
“Be who you are.”
Rating: 5/5 stars