Grayson's parents were killed in a car accident when he was little, and he lives with his aunt and uncle. Grayson is also pretty sure he is really supposed to be a "she," and feels conflict about that - both pressure to keep it secret, and pressure from all the pretending to be something that doesn't feel true.
This is a charming, thoughtful book that is sure to make readers think and feel empathy. Grayson's challenge to define herself authentically is felt almost all the time, even in small ways. Many students in middle school struggle to belong and feel normal, and the details of Grayson's world are relatable. The ending was disappointing, because it felt like there was a lot left to say and show.
Grayson's aunt is reluctant to support Grayson, and this conflict is sometimes painful, but Grayson is supported by other characters. The details in the writing are well-crafted, and the narrative isn't crowded by lots of perspectives or random events. It's a simple character study that's powerfully written, and a gem of a book.
"If you draw a triangle with a circle resting on the top point, nobody will be able to tell that it's a girl in a dress. To add hair, draw kind of a semi-circle on top. If you do this, you'll be safe, because it looks like you're just doodling shapes. I was in third grade when I realized I could draw princesses without anyone knowing."
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