Thursday 30 July 2020

Rick by Alex Gino

This book was gifted to me by Scholastic UK for an honest review

Ever since Rick met his best friend, Jeff, he has tagged along with all his antics. But now, they are in middle school, Rick realises how much of a bully Jeff really is. Rick's dad and all of Rick's friends also only ever talk about girls, but Rick hasn't figured out yet how he feels about them. It's only when he joins the Rainbow Spectrum Club, does he start to figure out who he really is. 

I adored this book! I loved it so much, I read it in a day. Rick is a great character, who doesn't feel the same way about girls as his friends do. In fact, he doesn't really feel that way about anyone, so the Rainbow Spectrum club, allows him to be himself and realise there are more than just two possiblitlies when it comes to defining yourself. We all know the Jeff's of the world and it was excellent to see him being dealt with appropriately. 

This is the first book I've read that really explains the term, asexual. It talks about it in such an easy understandable way, that I know from working at a school, that kids will love it and many will identify with it. This book allows them to explore their thoughts on sexuality in a safe place. Too often students, feel they have to be one thing or another, when actually there are more possibilities and there shouldn't be embarrassment or guilt about being any of them. It takes the politics and the drama out of gender & sexuality. I'd love to see all schools having a Rainbow Spectrum club. 

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