Friday, 2 January 2015

Review: Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Publisher: Hyperion
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: December 4th, 2014
Rating: 7.5/10

Amazon summary:

Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: """"he"""" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?


Gracefully Grayson is a lovely little book, so important and topical. It's not overly long, but it still manages to pack a punch and say everything it needs to say. Ami Polonsky writes with sensitivity and understanding, making it one of the standout LGBTQ YA titles of 2014.

Grayson has always known he's a girl. He's known for as long as he can remember; something wasn't right, and it's something that not everyone understands or wants to understand. Grayson struggles with this revelation all his life, until one day a new friendship makes it get a little easier and suddenly nothing will ever be the same again.

I can't even explain how important books like Gracefully Grayson are, how many lives they can touch and how many teenagers they offer help and advice to. Polonsky is honest with her depiction of a transgender teen, and his struggles are just heartbreaking. The world isn't an easy place to begin with, but we all know that anyone who's a bit different usually face the wrath of high school teenagers. It's just how it is, even though it's horrid and unnecessary. Grayson's story shows how one person's kindness can change someone's whole life for the better, and that's what I loved about it. The impact we have on people is silent and invisible, but it's there and it means something, whether we see it or not.

Gracefully Grayson is a brilliant book that should find a place in every high school library, and I hope it helps transgender teens feel less alone. I loved getting to know Grayson and the people in his life, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what Ami Polonsky writes next. Put this one on your TBR lists, guys!

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