Read + Review — Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Gracefully GraysonGracefully Grayson is about a transgender girl (named Grayson).  “He” was born a boy, but has always identified as a girl.  Grayson spends time imagining she’s wearing a dress instead of “masculine” clothes, as well as doodling princesses in her notebooks. She has a hard time accepting who she is; she also gets bullied frequently at school.  However, when she joins the school play, Grayson finds support in places she would never have expected.

I really liked this book.  The writing style was beautiful and I think it did an amazing job of tackling and informing teenagers about a big issue facing society. I also loved the character of Grayson. She was so sweet and gentle, the whole way through I was cheering for her, I admired how she dealt with her problems, and I overall thought the character was written very well.  The one problem I had with the book was that the main reason Grayson identified as being transgender was because of clothes; I think there’s always a lot more to it and I wished the author had touched on it.

The one main memorable thing about the book was of course everything that Grayson was going through, and the moral it gave out (that you should never be afraid to be who you are!)


Reviewed by Julia, grade 7, Tuckahoe Area Library

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