I.W. Gregorio’s hard-hitting and thought-provoking novel None of The Above turns the tables on the Young Adult genre by offering readers a hero who discovers that they have been diagnosed as intersex and the journey they partake to discover their true identity.
The main character is Kristin Lattimar, who is overjoyed that she’s been voted Homecoming Queen. Life is good and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. However, after a visit to the doctor, she’s diagnosed as intersex and it’s revealed that her chromosomes are actually male. To make matters worse, her diagnosis is leaked to the entire school and her identity is called into question, which forces her to come to terms with her new self.
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Susan Palwick’s dark novel Mending the Moon muses on the bizarre paths that life takes someone as they attempt to heal from the tragic loss of a loved one.
An American tourist named Melinda Soto is murdered while on vacation in Mexico and her adopted son Jeremy is traumatized by her loss. His mother also left behind a close circle of friends, all of whom are grieving alongside her beloved Jeremy. To make matters worse, Melinda’s murderer is a Seattle teenager and after accepting an invitation to his memorial service, oddly enough, Jeremy finally starts the healing process.
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Too often, we look back at the past and beat ourselves up over events that can no longer be changed, but in Sarah Manguso’s memoir Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, she learns how to stay in the present instead of fretting about situations that have already occurred.
Ongoingness revolves around Manguso going back and re-reading a diary that she had kept for 25 years after she had recently become pregnant and given birth to a child. Before becoming a mother, she was obsessive about keeping a journal to make sure she didn’t forget the events that had happened to her over the years. However, after the birth of her child, Manguso realizes that our memories and their impact appear to us differently after we’ve hit a different period in our lives. Memories that once seemed so traumatic now appear insignificant in hindsight, and the author learns the value of living in the present and keeping yourself focused on the here and now.
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While at first glance Meg Flather’s novel Home Shopping Diva: Lessons, Lyrics and Lipstick looks like just another piece of vapid chick lit, there’s actually a great message about learning how to deal with the ups and downs of life within its pages.
Flather’s heartwarming memoir recounts her earliest years living in the Philippines, thanks to her Peace Corps parents, and then her times spent growing up in both Massachusetts and the Big Apple. Within the non-fiction novel is a hilarious coming-of-age story as Flather weaves an intricate tale about the life lessons she learned while being an actress, a singer, working in the cosmetics industry, and finally, making her debut on home shopping television.
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