Monday, June 15, 2015

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Grayson is a boy who knows that he is really a girl.  Grayson has always felt this way but he has been keeping it a secret which keeps him isolated at school and at home.  Grayson has lived with his aunt and uncle since his parents died when he was young.  Grayson is surprised to make a new friend at school and is further supported by his caring history teacher who is also directing the school play.  Grayson surprises even himself when he tries out for the play and asks to audition for the role of Persephone.  When Grayson is cast in the role his days of hiding his identity are over but not everyone is supportive of who Grayson really is.
Being transgendered is a hot topic now but not all treatments of it are equal.  Gracefully Grayson is a great, thoughtful story that takes you inside the mind of a transgendered teen. It makes you feel how difficult it is not being able to show who you really are.  Grayson faces some heartbreaking opposition but it's totally realistic.  If anything, her path is filled with more support than I would imagine is there for transgendered people in real life.  This is a story that will touch you and make you think.