Synopsis: Alone at home, twelve-year-old Grayson Sender glows, immersed in beautiful thoughts and dreams. But at school, Grayson grasps at shadows, determined to fly under the radar. Because Grayson has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body.
The weight of this secret is crushing, but leaving it behind would mean facing ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Despite these dangers, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Strengthened by an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher who gives her a chance to step into the spotlight, Grayson might finally have the tools to let her inner light shine.
Debut author Ami Polonsky’s moving, beautifully-written novel shines with the strength of a young person’s spirit and the enduring power of acceptance.
200words (or less) review: I have a rule that I don’t start books late in the evening so I don’t lose out on sleep. I finished reading Gracefully Grayson a few minutes before midnight with tears running down my face. Good books will do that to you. 🙂
Ami Polonsky has created an absolutely mesmerising voice with Grayson. I sometimes think I use the word ‘love’ to lightly but with Grayson I can truly say I loved her – still love her.
Grayson has successfully isolated herself from those around her. A new student ends up being the trigger for Grayson stepping out of her shell but this in turn means judgement. One of the things that I was impressed with was the insight Ami Polonsky gives you for the other characters; Grayson’s aunt for example and Grayson’s cousin.
I don’t really want to give more away because part of the joy of book is going on the journey with Grayson, through all of it. With the tears there are those moments that make your heart sing.
Gracefully Grayson is a beautiful book – read it.