ARC Review: George by Alex Gino

George by Alex GinoAuthor:  Alex Gino

Genre: Middle Grade, contemporary, LGBTQIA

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

240 pages, hardcover (195 ARC)

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

I read this entire thing in one day at work while attempting (not well) to hide my tears from all the emotions. This is SUCH AN IMPORTANT BOOK, you guys. George is a fourth-grader who has always identified more with the girls in the magazines she nicks than anyone else. All she wants to do is play Charlotte in the school’s production of Charlotte’s Web. As you can imagine, a lot of heartbreak, struggle, hope, tears, and more follow.

George’s story will have you rooting for her from page one. It’s hard not to love her and cheer her on as she finds her way to making her dream come true. Her story is genuine and honest and, while hard, joyful and beautiful. I love that this story is out there and I sincerely hope it finds its way into the hands of as many transgender youth (and youth, in general) as possible.

Gino’s writing is earnest and honest and undeniably easy to read. George is short but it packs an enormous amount of character into its 240 pages.

The bottom line: I am so happy that Scholastic is publishing George, and I really hope that it comes to be a resource for not only trans youth, but youth everywhere. You do not want to miss this one.

Rating: 9 – practically perfect