Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman
It is not often I read a truely inspiring novel for young adults, but this is one of them.
Alex is 14 years old and is changing more than most of us ever will. She has known all her life that she is a girl yet she has been brought up as a boy. The voice of the boy Alex is still in her head but she is a girl.
When she was born the doctors told her parents she /he was “sexually ambiguous”. Alex has a penis which is very small and is referred to in the novel as a noodle. Alex’s parents decided they have a son and refuse to let this go. They put Alex on medication consisting of male testosteron so that he will develop into a boy.
They never told Alex. As puberty spuds in Alex takes herself off medication and starts to dress as a girl. She feels like a girl and the moment is uplifting for her. She enrols in a new school as a girl and changes her whole life.
Her deficient parents react badly. Father leaves the house, mother goes hysterical, pours her heart out on-line and receives some conflicting feedback. Alex fronts up to her mother and father and the conflict is spellbinding.
Alex herself has some positive feedback from the world around her namely from school, her new friends and the fashion world and this gives the reader hope for her future.
The parents have kept a huge secret from her, a secret that will blow Alex apart.
Brilliantly told by Alyssa Brugman, I have read two of her novels before Finding Grace and Being Bindy, both excellent, but this is the icing on the cake. Brutally honest and at times, sad, happy, funny, perceptive, human and compulsive.
You will not forget this novel in a hurry.