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UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-07 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 13 user ratings
ISBN:1629146064
LANGUAGE:English

" Thoughtful, important, and hopeful quick read about an intersex teen who was raised as a boy but knows she is a girl. Alyx is a great main character. Also girls high school basketball. " said.

" Buzzer beaterHard to imagine a better written story of a difficult subject. A rare hermaphrodite changes from being raised male to how she really feels...female. Her family not only supports her but truly walks alongside, with a Harley Davidson uncle and nurse-mom . This demonstrates two principles of successful teens: finding a skill to excel in and getting through a high risk difficulty with love supporting her. " said.

"This is a book about an intersexed teenager who prefers to be of the female sex though her parents brought her up as a boy. This is a somewhat uncomfortable topic for me because I know nothing about it. I am totally ignorant. Plus, I am also sheltered and privileged so I couldn’t relate to the situation at all. I have never been bullied nor have I ever seen bullying and I find myself unsympathetic to bullying victims when I read them in books for some reason. However, I liked the book well enough. I’m glad I bought it." said.

" Bridget Birdsall does an excellent job presenting the issue of gender identity through a wonderfully told story. We are rooting for Alyx from the beginning as she struggles to find her place in a new school and on a new basketball team. All the typical teen troubles are heightened by Alyx's journey to be herself. (Avoiding spoilers here!) And for basketball fans--the game play-by-play is awesome! " said.

" I always enjoy reading books by local authors, although I do spend too much time wondering about geographical stuff-like when authors change the names of places-where were they really referring to? Overall, this was a good book about an important subject. My only criticisms would be that I didn't find the writing style to be all that strong, and the villians were perhaps a little too heavily drawn. " said.

" The pros: Wisconsin author (who overcame dyslexia to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a writer), Milwaukee setting, and the only teen fiction novel I can recall about a teen born intersex (anyone know of any others, I'd love to hear about them!). The cons: the characters, empathetic though they were, didn't quite capture my emotion as much as I would've liked them too + the overall writing style failed to reel me in. . " said.

"As an intersex teen, Alyx's life has been pretty much hell. After her father's death and yet another beating at the hands of her nemesis, she and her mother move to Wisconsin. There, Alyx will only be known as a girl and not as a boy or undecided -- or so she hopes. When she excels in basketball, her life, however, continues to become nearly as complicated as it was in California.

I know Bridget and must give kudos to her work. It is outstanding and worthy of the awards for which it has nominated and won.

" said.

"Great story about girls basketball! The main character struggles with sexual identity and the loss of her father to cancer. Extreme bullying leads the family to move from California to Milwaukee for a fresh start. However, a hot-temepered, talented member of the basketball team uncovers who the main character Alyx was in California, which causes trouble for the team that is headed straight for a state championship. Great read for any teens dealing with these struggles in their own lives. The conflict resolution is uplifting." said.

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