Genre: Middle Grade, LGBTQIA+ Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Summary (via Goodreads):
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 wonderful story about a young child not feeling comfortable in her own skin and the challenges of being herself versus the boy everyone else sees.
George’s world is bound by strict gender norms. Knowing that she is a girl, having to stand in the boys line, change in the boys locker room for gym, using the boys bathroom, and her male body parts make George feel incredibly uncomfortable. She is terrified of what her friends, family, and classmates would think if they knew the true. So when the class play brings the opportunity of a lifetime, she begins to make waves to change her world.
The raw emotions George experiences are relatable. Everyone has felt boxed in at some point, reluctant to be themselves in fear of judgement, and feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. I think Alex Gino presents these trials of life in a honest and straightforward way. I love how George attempts to take her future into her own hands with the help of her best friend.