Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky ~ Book Review

Book Description: 

Alone at home, twelve-year-old Grayson Sender glows, immersed in beautiful thoughts and dreams. But at school, Grayson grasps at shadows, determined to fly under the radar. Because Grayson 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 leaving it behind would mean facing ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Despite these dangers, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Strengthened by an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher who gives her a chance to step into the spotlight, Grayson might finally have the tools to let her inner light shine.

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This was a quick read, a great YA/middle grade book. I wasn't sure I would get into it as it is more a middle grade story and a debut novel. I really enjoyed this novel. The author takes us into the world of Grayson Sender who lost his parents in a car accident when he was in preschool. Living now with his Aunt, Uncle and two boy cousins Grayson has always found himself pretending and imagining himself as a girl. When Grayson decides to try out for the spring play he tries out for the lead role of Persephone, a female character. From here things spiral for Greyson between light and dark, hanging out with the girls and being tormented by a few of the boys in his class. I found myself really starting to feel real emotions for Greyson's character and found some of the ending I needed a tissue. Heartwarming, emotional this story will rope you in and show you how some kids feel and have to cope with being themselves in society. Being brave doesn't mean no fear. 

This is a great novel for anyone grade 5+, even adults. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

~*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. *~


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