reviewed Melissa by Alex Gino

Alex Gino: Melissa (2015) 5 stars

BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. …


5 stars

I continue my tour of banned books with Melissa (originally published in 2015 under the title George). As with all of these, I am not the target audience in terms of age, but I found this to be a very moving book. Gino has a subtle but effective way to tell a story which demonstrates how Melissa views herself versus how others view her. The story both has a great message ("be who you are"), but the supporting cast of characters (friends and family) also demonstrate how to care for Melissa as she learns more about her identity. A fantastic book with a profound message for anyone who picks it up. That people are being denied the chance to read this material is completely ludicrous.