George by Alex Gino
Genre: Children, Contemporary, Glbt.
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: 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.
(Summary taken from Goodreads)
My Opinion on the book:
Before we start.. I remember hearing about this book for the first time from David Levithan when in an even last year, since this book was coming out the same day as Another Day (by David Levithan) he said that if we could only get one of the two we should buy George first because it was a wonderful book (that he edited).
He wasn’t lying.
George is the beautiful story of a girl wanting to be seen a the girl she is. Since she was born with the body of a boy it becomes a difficulty she needs to *fight*.
As the story develops we learn about the people around George and the will she has of everyone knowing she is actually a girl.
Although i’m not sure if the timing of some stuff was right, i don’t think it ruined anything about the story itself, so it doesn’t really matter…
I loved George, she was a wonderful character. I loved that she was so true to herself, how she did the things she thought were right even if it got her in trouble. I also enjoyed very much the friendship between her and Kelly which felt so real, because kids that age are easier in understanding than we think.
In my opinion, the book is sort of ground-breaking i’ve never seen a book about the topic with a character of such short age, which is important because boys and girls around the world do feel like George, and if they find this book it may help them find themselves.
Overall i think this is a book that even though it’s aimed for children people can enjoy at any age, mostly because of the topic of the book. Maybe that way we can start seeing children more like they want us to see them and not what we think they should be.