Synopsis: What do you do when everybody says you’re someone you’re not?
Alex wants change. Massive change. More radical than you could imagine.
Her mother is not happy, in fact she’s imploding. Her dad walked out.
Alex has turned vegetarian, ditched one school, enrolled in another, thrown out her clothes. And created a new identity. An identity that changes her world.
And Alex—the other Alex—has a lot to say about it.
Alex As Well is a confronting and heartfelt story of adolescent experience—of questioning identity, discovering sexuality, navigating friendships and finding a place to belong. Alex is a strong, vulnerable, confident, shy and determined character, one you will never forget.
200words (or less) review: I read Alex As Well in one evening, the book is quite short at just over 200 pages but even if it had been double that I wouldn’t have put it down until I finished it.
Alex was born intersex, her parents made the decision to raise her as male but Alex feels she is a girl. Five days ago she stopped taking the medication and told her parents this. Her father walked out and her mother, well her mother has a ‘different’ way of handling things.
Most of the book is narrated to by Alex, in such a way that’s you feel she’s right there next to you talking. I loved that. It made Alex’s character so much more alive. There are also online posts by Alex’s mother. I thought the two perspectives were really interesting but they did wind me up. Alex isn’t perfect, she has bratty moments, but if there ever was a time I wish I could have walked into a book and confronted another character then Alex’s mother would have been it.
Alex As Well is a great story about figuring out who you are and standing up for the right to be that person.