“George opened her mouth, but as with Mom, she couldn’t say the only words that blared through her brain: I’m a girl.”
When I saw that George was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards, I decided to read it earlier than planned to find out if it’s really that good. I cannot agree more with those that say that this little novel is a very important read and should be read by young reader at some point. George has a very powerful message: nobody is the same and it should be ok to be different and just be who you are. Unfortunately being different often means that others won’t accept you or even bully you… Which is the case with George. She was born a boy, but she knows she is actually a girl. Alex Gino describes perfectly what George goes through in trying to keep her true feelings a secret… It does show this read was ment for a younger public, but that doesn’t take away I quite enjoyed this read. Recommended if you want to read a glbt story with a powerful message and don’t mind simple and repetitive language at points.
George was born a boy, but she knows that she is actually a girl. She has a hard time living with her feelings and is afraid she will have to keep them a secret forever… Nobody knows, not even her mother. And because she doesn’t exactly behaves like a ‘normal’ boy her age, the bullies have found her as well. When her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web, all George really wants is to play Charlotte. The problem: since Charlotte is a girl, George isn’t supposed to even try out for the part. George doesn’t want to give up that easily though, and with the help of her best friend Kelly she comes up with a plan. Will George be able to play Charlotte and tell everyone who she really is?
With its easy prose and fast pace, George is quite a quick read and has a powerful message. I’m not sure how I felt about the many references to Charlotte’s Web, but I enjoyed the story in general and this novel by Alex Gino is the perfect example of a solid realistic fiction/contempory story. More and more glbt stories have been published over the last few years and this one is definitely recommended for the younger readers under us.