A sweet middle school tale.
I found this to be a very quick read. It did lack some depth but I think for the target audience of young adults this is a perfect introduction to a complex topic that the author wrote about well. This is the kind of book that adults and youth could both read and discuss. A decent read.
Ryan and Tyler are so mean to Grayson! But overall AMAZING book.
Amazing book! loved it, mainly cause my name is Grayson too!
I recently read a great book: Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky. 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. He decides to audition for the school play—and for the lead role, the goddess Persephone.
This book was wonderful! It was an easy read, well-paced and never boring. Polonsky keeps you engaged and seems to effortlessly write about a topic we don’t see too much of. It makes readers think. I know I did. What if I couldn’t be who am I? What if I couldn’t wear what I wanted to wear? How would I feel if I was rejected, or even attacked, for who I am?
Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.com/2015/03/review-gracefully-grayson-by-ami-polonsky/
Ms. Polonsky’s protagonist is a boy who believes with all his heart that he is a girl. He wants girly things, he wants the world that girls inhabit, and his inner convictions are laid out with almost teeth-clenching intensity. Grayson has yearned for this ever since he was little and his struggles to accept and present this to his peers and family make you almost cry.
Grayson can’t bring himself to articulate what it is he really wants. So the novel is mainly an in-depth treatise of his thoughts that amounts almost to an on-going monologue. Time and again, the reader sees how Grayson yearns to speak of his longings but bottles them up instead, leading others to dance around his issues or mistake them entirely.
The writing is simple with almost Pinteresque plainness. The words “transsexual” and “transvestite” are never used. You get the feeling that no one even understands what they mean and trouble arises from this ignorance. Homosexuality is suspected and brought up as taunt and accusation; statutory rape is hinted at but barely addressed. This reticence on the parts of some and outspoken hostility from others all play their part in Grayson’s dilemma.
But this silence plays a vital role in Grayson’s world. Acceptance of gender difference is not at all universal and the novel makes it clear how far we have to go when it comes to taking people as they are. The writing doesn’t shy away from the loneliness and fear that lies at the heart of Grayson’s desires and more than ably captures the results of his quiet defiance. My only fault with the writing is an unneeded insertion of what amounts to blank verse about the play that Grayson’s theatrical group mounts, “The Myth of Persephone”. It is a jarring addition, out of place with the rest of the book, and I believe could have been omitted from the novel entirely or simply rendered in the same stark prose as the rest of it.
But the play is merely an outward manifestation of Grayson’s inner longings. “Gracefully Grayson” engrosses because he clings so fervently to his desires, even when he can’t speak of them. It is a moving look at a gender issue that is rarely addressed in YA fiction.
This is a wonderful, wonderful book. When Grayson, a transgendered grade six student, tries out for the female part in a play, he must deal with backlash from his schoolmates, family and friends.
I really think this book was so chilling. Especially the names, because most of my friends names are featured in the story, so it kind of felt like I was Grayson, just in reverse. The book in itself was amazing, the terms and emotions captured perfectly. Fantastic for the setting, middle school.
this is the only middle grade novel that i know that features a transgender character. this novel was good about explore Grayson's emotions and how she was finaly able to accept her true self. however i felt the novel needed more the word transgender is never used. I want to have Grayson discover that there are other people like her out there. Also a section at the end explain trans persons with links and resources would have been nice.
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