Review: Rick by Alex Gino

The story of a boy named Rick who needs to explore his own identity apart from his jerk of a best friend.

Cover Design: Maeve Norton


Rick’s never questioned much. He’s gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff’s acted like a bully and a jerk. He’s let his father joke with him about which hot girls he might want to date even though that kind of talk always makes him uncomfortable. And he hasn’t given his own identity much thought, because everyone else around him seemed to have figured it out.

But now Rick’s gotten to middle school, and new doors are opening. One of them leads to the school’s Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities congregate, including Melissa, the girl who sits in front of Rick in class and seems to have her life together. Rick wants his own life to be that … understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones.

As they did in their groundbreaking novel George, in Rick, award-winning author Alex Gino explores what it means to search for your own place in the world … and all the steps you and the people around you need to take in order to get where you need to be.

My thoughts

There are not enough words to express how much I love this book. I said that George was a must read and I am saying that Rick is a must read! Alex Gino is a freaking genius. Gino has managed to shed a light on parent’s answers as to when is too young? A person’s questions as to when do they need to know? All while telling a beautiful story of love and connection between old and young.

Gino has the same characters from George in Rick, but the story is told a year later and from Rick’s point of view. It is hard being a kid, no matter what your gender or sexual identity is and someone asking you what it is or asking yourself what it is can be difficult to answer. Gino explores this issue with Rick’s character. His parents seem “hip” and cool as to saying the politically correct things, but going through the motions. It is an unlikely source in Rick’s eyes that ends up shining a light on who he can be.

I really hope that Mx. Gino continues writing these types of books because we need them. They are beautiful stories that help people get a better understanding of what it is like being human.

I got this book from my library. I love my local library and you should check out yours too. Request LGBTQ+ books and they will stock them! #ebooksforall

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Meet the Author

Alex Gino

Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive.

Gino is genderqueer and uses singular they pronouns and the honorific Mx.4

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Further Details:
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 9781338048100, 21 April 2020
Narrator: Alex Gino
Series: A George Novel
Pages: 240
Ages: 8 – 12


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