Grayson was caught in the middle. In the ending, Grayson goes into the bathroom and decides to change his outer appearance to how he feels on the inside. Gracefully Grayson is a beautiful book — read it. Its story is so compelling I found myself holding my breath as I read it and so intimate I felt as if what was happening to Grayson was happening to me. The evolution is wonderful to watch, and the outcome is so satisfying.
You know how some books use plays as major parts of their plots? 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. In a way, I actually did kind of like the ending, because it kept you wondering. She almost stopped Grayson from performing in the play as Persephone, blaming the director of giving him a role that would make others laugh at him. But that doesn't mean it was necessarily bad. Finn also directs the school plays. During rehearsals, she even begins to make friends among the other cast members.
Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. In this novel, Polonsky separates sexuality issues from Grayson's Although I questioned some of the details of Grayson's motivations for transitioning from male to female, I thought there was a lot about the book that was really lovely. I'm certainly not saying we don't need to teach cis kids empathy and about trans issues but evoking pity is not the way to do that. Grayson is surprised by the content, and while it only makes her feel closer to her mom and more confident about her true gender identity, they enrage Aunt Sally. But I know, that with society the way it is, that won't happen. The decision to play Persephone has many negative ramifications, but Grayson repeatedly thinks that playing this role is right, that choosing to make this bold move is the right choice.
He is very much a loner though - both at home and at school - because he is scared that somebody will get too close and discover the secret he's been hiding for as long as he can remember: Grayson is really a girl, trapped in a boy's body. Grayson's parents died in a car accident when he was very young, and since then he has been living with his aunt, uncle and two cousins. It is never nice to read about people being bullied, and even more so when that bullying spreads over to a person's home life. The writing was really pretty and the story was great. He comes to realizations through a combination of cues of self-awareness, flashes of insight handed to him from the reactions of others, and a little guidance, both voluntary and involuntary, from the adults in his life. Grayson is very alone for much of the time.
The role would grant Grayson several other wishes: family members who would fight for him, the chance to inhabit a female body, and, not insignificantly, the opportunity to wear, legitimately, a long flowing gown. The book is unambiguous that Grayson is a girl, but she is identified as male throughout the story. Alas the story wasn't sustained by the narration. Wow, words cannot describe all the emotions I felt while reading this book. Unfortunate as it may be, transgender characters are rare occurrences, so to come across one as well-developed as Grayson makes me one happy reader. The true moment of beauty in this book, for me, was how she presented the performance of the play. I am in no way trying to say that This book definitely feels like it was written for a young audience, and I was hoping for so much more based on the high rating.
When she was younger, she and Jack hung out and goofed around together, but that changed as they grew older. This moving, beautifully written novel about identity, self-esteem, and friendship shines with the strength of a young person's spirit and the power of acceptance. He always thought he could hide this from other people, but he starts accepting himself when he tries out for Persephone in the school play. Debut author Ami Polonsky's moving, beautifully-written novel about identity, self-esteem, and friendship shines with the strength of a young person's spirit and the enduring power of acceptance. Yeah, Gracefully Grayson is one of them. There were so many twists and turns, so many emotions, and so much courage shoved into one 243-page book. There aren't stories that deal with this issue for that age group filling the shelves, so this fills a very important gap.
It just wasn't very fun to read. Once they find out she will be playing Persephone, her aunt and uncle begin to address not only this situation, but what might be going on with Grayson in the larger scheme of things. I also thought that Grayson's reasons for feeling that he was really female weren't convincingly described. The book is unambiguous that Grayson is a girl, but she is identified as male throughout the story. Some of the adults come close, but only because they're trying to protect Grayson from bullying that reaches the extent of bodily harm. I've been reading more books about this topic and I've really enjoyed all of them.
At play practice, she finds new friends, including Paige, an older girl who sort of takes Grayson under her wing. In the play a young Persephone, granddaughter of Zeus, lives with her mother Demeter on Mount Olympus until she is kidnapped by Hades, god of the Underworld. The play causes any number of problems, including Grayson getting beaten up, but in the end, understanding and supportive adults help Grayson to start to deal with his issues of gender identity. I also really liked the characters, especially Gray 3. It's so truthful, and the writing style is amazing. So instead Grayson hides away in the library during recess and dreams himself away by drawing princesses that looks like doodling, and imagining himself in the pretty dresses he sees his classmates wearing.