Monday, 10 November 2014

Review: Gracefully Grayson

Gracefully Grayson
Publication Date: November 4th 2014        
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~
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.

Debut author Ami Polonsky’s moving, beautifully-written novel shines with the strength of a young person’s spirit and the enduring power of acceptance.

There's no doubt Gracefully Grayson is an important story to tell, and since it's between the Middle Grade age range, it's an important story for those ages to read. It's not an easy read, and maybe you're not going to outwardly get it, but you can't deny that at some point in here you'll stop and think about it. People's actions, reactions, their ignorance and prejudice of what's right and what's wrong. It's not a story you can relate to, it's not one you can imagine being in that persons shoes and try to understand because, honestly? How can you understand unless it's you.