My Rating: 5 Stars
My Summary: Ana-Marie Jin is a lot of things. National champion figure skater, Chinese, Jewish, girl. Everyone always told Ana that last one was true, but now is starting to question that. Ana meets a trans boy who assumes that Ana is a boy. And Ana actually likes that. But now Ana is a boy to Hayden and a girl to everyone else, but what if Ana isn’t a boy or a girl?
My Review: A really good middle grade book is one that can capture the angst, the emotions, of being in that in-between stage in life. One that can make a middle-schoolers problems feel like real problems, something that many fail to do. Ana on the Edge did that perfectly. Ana was a great character, and you can feel her (Ana is okay with she/her pronouns) pain. The mistaken identity trope was a perfect one to use to highlight the nuances of gender identity, and it was used perfectly in this book. The main theme of a binary sport such as figure skating is used to emphasize how much gender and gender identity matter in the world. Plus, the author’s experience as a non-binary figure skater help this book become what it is. This is a great book to introduce gender identity to the age group. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, as it defies age.
***Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.