“I want you to ask yourself: Who are you?”
Kristin Lattimer, the main character, has got it lucky. She has a scholarship in the bag and her father won’t have to pay a cent for college. She has two amazing BFFs named Vee and Faith, whom she could share anything under the sun. She is taking her dreamy boyfriend Sam (who has a smile that makes her feel like a goddess) to Homecoming and they were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.
And you know what happens after Homecoming, right?
Just like every hormone fueled teenagers at the back of a limo with champagne cruising through their veins, Krissy and Sam had sex. Her first time was supposed to be AMAZING. But… It was far from pleasant. In fact, it felt like “someone had taken an electric drill to her insides.”
It’s not supposed to feel that painful, is it?
After visiting the OB-GYNE doctor, Krissy found out why she’s never had her period. She found out why she never had an acne problem, and the reason why she doesn’t have any hair “down there.” She also found out why it was excruciatingly painful when she tried to have sex.
Krissy found out that she’s an intersex.
What??? She’s a girl! She can’t be intersex!
Krissy felt like her life took a turn for the worse. Her two “hernias” turned out to be two testicles putting her at risk for cancer. She will never give birth to her own baby.
She will never be a true woman.
How is she going to tell her boyfriend? How will her BFFs react to the news? How will everybody treat her after they find out what’s going on with her?
Knowing she could always confide to her BFF, Krissy told Vee about her condition. Vee, then, told her mom and their other BFF, Faith, about Krissy’s condition. You know how gossip goes. As if Krissy’s situation was not bad enough… Everybody at school now knows about her condition. Everybody who voted her as their Homecoming Queen are now calling her names like Kristopher, bumping into her, and are just being plain a-holes. Her boyfriend does not want to talk to her anymore and is being bullied because of her.
Her life is falling apart.
But there is one question that needs to be answered.
Who told everyone about her condition?
Was it Vee? She did run against Krissy for Homecoming Queen and lost. Did Vee’s anger fuel her revenge?
Did Vee’s mom, who is friends with Sam’s mom, spill the beans?
Or was it Faith? But… She’s the one who could keep a secret the best and the one who grew up in a religious family. It can’t be her.
At first, I thought this book was about LGBT people. Though the main character is not gay, the hate she received from her fellow students is very similar to homophobia and transphobia. She was called names like “tranny,” “man-whore,” and “faggot” which really stung personally because how could these so called “friends” easily turn their back on her? How could a person disregard someone’s whole being just because of their anatomy?
The idea behind the book was great, but the characters did not live up to it.
I didn’t feel Sam’s love for Krissy. All the vibes I received from him was that he just wanted to have sex with her. After he found out about Krissy being intersex, he was vile, cruel, and an a-hole to her. What was his role anyway? He was just another pretty face. He did not contribute anything to the book.
Krissy’s life fell apart because of her diagnosis. However, I felt like losing her boyfriend was WAAAAAY worse. She was too obsessed with Sam even if he treated her horribly. She kept on thinking about him and wanted to get back with him. I felt my eyes roll to another dimension every time she thought of him. Girl… You are better off without him. Also, after the whole school found out about her condition, instead of accepting it and owning it, she went into hiding. She avoided people, and kept on making excuses. Yes, those are the common behaviors you’d expect. However, give me a strong main character. Show everyone a good example. Give people hope that even during hardships, one can chose to escape, or one can be brave.
I. W. Gregorio’s debut novel None of the Above took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. The author captured exactly how people are, and how they think when confronted with things that are far too difficult for their comprehension. If you want a mind opening, thought provoking, and gut wrenching book, this one is for you.
Rating: 3/5 stars