Right after being voted homecoming queen, Kristin makes a trip to the doctor that rocks her world. She finds out that she is intersex, and before she can even begin to understand what that means for herself, her entire high school finds out as well. She feels like a girl, looks like a girl, and was raised as a girl. The doctors say most intersex individuals identify as a girl, but her chromosomes and the addition and subtraction of certain, expected internal organs point towards male, which is shocking.
Many of her classmates and members of the community react with fear and ignorance, including Kristin’s boyfriend, but there are a few who still try to treat her like she’s the same girl.
I loved many things about this story. I have given it 4 stars, instead of 5, as there was something that happened near the end that I felt took away from the story more than it added to it. I wanted the ending to be less about pounding in the final point and more about wrapping up Kristin’s journey, but overall, it’s an excellent read that I hope promotes more understanding, patience, kindness, and tolerance in the world.