by Jane Hoppen

Reviewer Rating:
3

Review

Sophie was born not clearly male or female, but with aspects of both. Her parents, frightened and confused by the news, take the doctor's recommendations for surgery to make her more clearly a girl, and not to tell her the truth of her birth. Sophie grows up on a farm in rural Wisconsin, never feeling quite right, but not knowing why until she learns the truth when she is 14. While some of the descriptions were overly detailed (I really don't need to know what setting the burner was on when Sophie's mom was cooking dinner!), the recountings of the emotions, not only Sophie's, but those of her parents and sister, ring true--parents questioning their decisions, family dynamics, Sophie's anger and confusion. A good story to delve into what the intersex experience might be like, with a main character you keep rooting for.

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