This book is more about the history of an immigrant family than it is about an intersex person. I expected to learn more about Cal's transition. However, growing up outside of Detroit, I found the references to real places very interesting. As long as you got into this book with a good expectation that it will be a generational family story, not an individual personal growth/coming out/coming of age story, then you will enjoy it very much.
This series of books is so original, interesting and fascinating. It took me a little bit of time to get used to a female narrator, but after about 1/2 of the first book, I didn't even notice a difference any more. Carolyn McCormick is an excellent narrator. These books are not for younger aged readers even though they are Young Adult literature. I would say a mature 10 year old would be able to handle them, but probably closer to 12 is a good age. I would put them along the lines of the last 2 Harry Potter books for reader level.
These books will be re-read and dissected by the young adult literature community, just as the Harry Potter series has been. They are excellently written, with beautiful undertones and themes. Katniss is not a likeable character, but you like her anyway. She is tough, but not "boyish"; non-emotional but not insensitive.
If you are reading these reviews to see if you want to read these books, be prepared. You will be signing up not just for this book, but for all 3. Once you read the Hunger Games, you will HAVE to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay!
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