cover image None of the Above

None of the Above

I.W. Gregorio. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-06-233531-9

A painful first sexual experience and a visit to the gynecologist confirm high-school senior Kristin's fears that she is different from other girls. Although she appears to be female on the outside, she is actually intersex. In this provocative and enlightening first novel, physician Gregorio creates a heart-wrenching story of self-discovery inspired by one of her patients. Overwhelmed by embarrassment, Kristen (who continues to identify as female) confides in only one person outside her family, but word gets out, and she soon becomes the target of cruel taunts from many students, including her enraged boyfriend. Once a confident homecoming queen and track star, Kristin no longer knows who she is or what the future will bring. It takes a courage and support from a therapist and an intersex college student for Kristen to accept that the perception of others does not define her identity. Kristin's harrowing quest to come to terms with the insensitivity of strangers and acquaintances will strike a familiar chord with any reader who has felt estranged. Ages 14%E2%80%93up. Agent: Jessica Regel, Foundry Literary + Media. (Apr.)