George by Alex Gino

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“My point is, it takes a special person to cry over a book. It shows compassion as well as imagination.”

Title: George
Author: Alex Gino
Why you should read this book: It teaches you how the distinctions of genders are affecting young children with the acceptance of who they really are.

George sees herself in the mirror and sees a boy, but she is not a boy, she is a girl. She is only 10 and is surrounded by gender standards, like when her class is supposed to play “Charlotte’s Web” and she is denied the role of Charlotte because she is not technically a girl. With the help of her friend, Kelly, George is determined to play Charlotte and let her family and the entire world see her the way she has always felt, a girl!

“George stopped. It was such a short, little question, but she couldn’t make her mouth form the sounds.
Mom, what if I’m a girl?

Such a cute little book with an incredibly important message. Easy to read, easy to understand, it reaches the hearts of grown ups and little ones. It shows you how society makes kids feel uncomfortable because it makes them fit in certain boxes: boys line to enter school, boys roles to get in plays, boy characters to choose while playing videogames, etc.

George is only 10 years old and she feels out of place. Her body is male but she is a girl. How to make everyone understand and accept it? She wants to play Charlotte in the school’s play, she wants to wear girl clothes, she wants people to start seeing her as she really is.

This book doesn’t have major plot twists, parts in which you really hate someone, but it has a lot of parts where you clearly see how George is afraid of telling her family, friends and teacher the truth because tolerance and being open minded is not teached from a very young age, bullies and ignorants are everywhere. Reality is not teached to little kids, a reality with so many kinds of people in it. They grow up unaware of how different people are: they think there is only boy and girl, blue for boys pink for girls, pants for boys skirt for girls, etc.

I was really sad seeing George suffering and I was mad at the world for being such an inhospitable place for a pure little soul like hers.

Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s written really well and George is an adorable little girl.
Rate: 4/5
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