George // American Book Review

Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s talk. In this post, we’re going to talk about George.

George is a 2015 American novel about a fourth grade transgender girl named George. George knows that she doesn’t belong in the body she has but everyone else thinks she’s a boy. Between her best friend Kelly, her brother, and her mother, George doesn’t know who to confide in.

But, when George’s school puts on a play production of Charlotte’s Web, she is compelled to play the part of the titular lady spider.

This is George.

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The Talk (Non-Spoilers):

I highly recommend picking up George when you can.

This novel is a quick read because it and its characters are so fun, engaging, and charming. They all have something to bring to the book and they all serve the story of this little transgender girl finally speaking up for herself.

Also, this book is a very light-natured way to approach the topic of transgender children. The story doesn’t try to justify its existence, like many transgender people have to, but rather it just accepts the fact that this girl was born with a boy’s body. It’s just the other characters who have to catch up to speed.

There’s nothing else really to say besides that this is a simple story with a lot of fun and love in it and I think its worth the read.

The Talk (Spoilers):

A Quick and Fun Read

This book was an endearing story to read from start to finish. The story goes from “things are kind of bad,” to “things are really bad,” to “things are going pretty well.” And I loved every second of it.

In fact, I first attempted to read this book sometime last year but stopped at the start of chapter three for whatever reason.

I only decided to pick up the book again as a time waster during a long bus ride this past weekend. This second time, I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to post about this novel next week, but after getting so far in I couldn’t just stop. Next thing you know, I finished it on Monday.

I think part of the reason this story is such a quick and fun read is that it has a light air about it. Certainly, the story gets sad in the middle, but because it was about a bunch of 4th graders the story never dragged for me.

In addition, there’s something very American/Western about the book. The world building of the story felt very relatable to me. All that was because of the little additions to the story like a backyard swing, playing Mario Kart, biking in the suburbs, playing on the elementary school blacktop, and so on.

It all just rang true to me.

Fun Characters

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In addition, all the characters were vibrant and fun.

I loved to older brother Scott who was this classic gross out teen who slept in his clothes, enjoyed talking about throw up, and loved blood and guts.

Meanwhile, his mother seemed very approachable. Though, I do have to point out she was too put together at the start. She was a single mother who held the impressive job of working in a lab, but she was also able to be home early, cook for her kids, and be there to support them.

That said, she was honestly depicted as struggling with her child. When she thought George was gay she didn’t want her to go too far from her comfort level, and when she realized her child was transgender she needed time to adjust. That was possibly the most complex thing about the character.

I also loved Kelly the best friend (and her dad). Kelly was this little opinionated woman who seemed bubbly, energetic, and creative yet wise for her age. She was the perfect best friend archetype.

Perhaps that’s why this story was so fun and easy to read, because all of the characters matched their archetypes easily. Though, maybe some would find that to be lazy writing. I didn’t see it that way while reading and don’t care to now.

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A Lovable Main Character

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As for our leading lady, I loved her. Every now and then you come across a medium and think, “I want to protect this sweet baby cinnamon roll with all my heart and soul.” The same can be said for George.

She is the hero of her own story (with Kelly and Charlotte very much being her hero too). While the rest of the cast may be more one noted (besides perhaps her mother), George went through several different emotions and circumstances that helped to make her an endearing lead.

The Ending

My only real complaint about this story is that it’s too short and the ending is too abrupt. I was literally reading at the end and when I got to the last page I was like, “What? That’s it?”

Not only is there SO MUCH MORE that can be explored with George’s life, but the end of this novel is just sort of like, “Well that’s it.” And that was not a happy surprise.

In Conclusion

I really enjoyed this novel once I actually sat myself down to read it. As such, I would highly recommend that you check this book out. It is fun, charming, and a fast read. The characters are all entertaining and the main character is someone you wish you knew.

In addition, I liked the story so much that I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel. We’ll see if the novel’s author, Alex Gino, will give us a second book to see an update in the characters’ lives.

Extra Thoughts

  • Her female name should have been Charlotte.