Book Review

REVIEW: George

October 14, 2019
George Book Cover
George Middle-Grade Contemporary Scholastic Paperback 213

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.

My Thoughts:

I was a little nervous about how this book would go, especially as it is middle-grade. But I had heard some very good things about it from people I trust (ahem Star).

THIS WAS THE MOST CINNAMON ROLL SWEETNESS I COULD EVER IMAGINE. It was everything I hoped for and everything I ever wanted in a trans girl book.

The whole book is from Melissa’s(the Main Character’s name of choice) perspective which means all the pronouns are Melissa’s Pronouns of choice. I thought it really hit the key topics with sensitivity and appropriateness of the age range. Yet it still showed how at such a young age things could be so determined.

I really identified with Melissa and how she felt, I was of a similar age when I first started to realise things were not as they seemed. I didn’t know about transgender though so I was a bit more confused.

I loved the supportive sibling who just instantly understood, and really loved the struggle of the mum who wanted to support her child YET also understood how difficult her child’s life was going to be down this path.

This is such a great book I think it should be mandatory reading in schools!

I give George 5 out of 5 stars.

George by Alex Gino was released 25 August 2015 from Scholastic Books. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia, or wherever you like to purchase books.

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  • Reply littlemissstar55 October 15, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I am SO glad you enjoyed this book, Brooklynne!
    I absolutely loved this book from start to finish, and thought it was so sweet and precious, and just what any young trans girl (or boy, or anyone tbh) child could need.

  • Reply lydiaschoch October 16, 2019 at 7:09 am

    I just requested George from my local library. It sounds so good! Thank you for your review.

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