Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass

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.

Ana on the Edge is set to be released October 20, 2020.


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