Audiobook Review: George by Alex Gino


Summary from Goodreads:

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

This review is spoiler free.

“George stopped. It was such a short, little question, but she couldn’t make her mouth form the sounds. Mom, what if I’m a girl?”

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Okay, this review is going to be weird for me because I have never reviewed an audiobook before. I have always felt like I couldn’t do it for some reason, whether it be because I process them differently when I listen as supposed to physically reading or what, but with this book, I felt like I had to review it. It may just be because I am determined to mess up my recently found ability to stick to a consistent review style. Probably, if I am being honest.

Anyways, since I’ve never done this before, I have decided that I am going to review the audio of the book and then the like content of the book separately because that sounds good I guess.

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This audio was like, really short. I already returned it to the library or I would give the exact amount, but I know it was just under three hours long. I think it is the shortest audiobook I have ever listened to (excluding like short stories), but it is also one of the better ones I have listened to. The narrator was really soothing to listen to and she did a great job of differentiating between the characters. She also did an excellent job of putting emotion into the story, which I have noticed some narrators have trouble with while listening to different audiobooks.

All in all, it was a really solid audio. If you are looking for a short, cute audiobook that will most likely make you feel things, I would highly recommend checking it out. I think it is available on Scribd if you’re interested! At least it was for me the last I checked.

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This book follows George, who is a super sweet kid. She wants to be Charlotte in her school’s production of Charlotte’s Web, but her teacher tells her she cannot do so because she is a boy. The only problem is that she knows she is not a boy, she knows she is a girl, but she doesn’t know how to tell people. So George and her friend, Kelly, come up with a way to let her play Charlotte in the play and help her mom realize who she really is.

Okay, this book was like, the cutest. The writing was really good for a middle grade. It was nothing too sophisticated, but I wouldn’t expect it to be. The plot itself was really nice, the book really just follows George as she goes about her life at school and at home. Throughout the book, we get to know George very well. She just wants to be understood and she broke my heart quite a few times. As the book moves along, she comes into her true self more and more, she learns how to stand up to bullies, talk about what she really identifies as, and it is all so good.

The rest of the characters in this book were also amazing and acted realistically for their ages. One of my biggest pet peeves, especially in middle grades, is when the characters act may more mature or immature than children normally are at that age, but this book didn’t have that problem. George’s older brother was a very realistic teenage boy, but he was also very caring and understanding of George’s position and I really appreciated that. Kelly was also very realistic, super sweet and all around a great friend. Her and George’s friendship was one of my favorite things about this book.

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Overall, this book was really good. I would highly recommend it both as a physical book and an audio. I would even recommend it for people just getting into audiobooks, it is super short and the narrator is really good. Once again, this read is perfect for pride month!!

Have you read George? If not, do you plan to? Let’s chat in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: George by Alex Gino

  1. Two things:
    1) I LOVE your new blog look!! It’s so cute and I feel like it’s very you. It looks great!
    2) I also love this review! I’ve never thought to talk about the actual audio when reviewing a book I listened to, so I thought it was really cool that you did that! The book sounds really cute. I was worried that it might be watered down as far as the trans rep goes, but it sounds like it did a great job!

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    1. 1) Thank you so much, Brittany!!
      2) I never really thought about talking about the audio of a book before either, but I always swore I couldn’t write a review for an audio either lol. I cannot speak for the trans rep, but both the author and the narrator are own voices!

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      1. You’re welcome! And I have reviewed a couple books that I listened to on audio but I never even think of them as a different format.. even though they 100% are 😅😂 I liked that you talked about the actual audio though! It gives readers an idea of whether or not they could listen to the audio!

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