A Possibility of Whales.

Author:Hohman, Hannah
Position:Brief article - Book review - Young adult review

Karen Rivers; A POSSIBILITY OF WHALES; Algonquin Young Readers (Children's: Young Adult Fiction) 16.95 ISBN: 9781616207236

Byline: Hannah Hohman

A Possibility of Whales is charming and sweet as it explores personal identity, life changes, love, and, of course, whales.

Nat -- short for Natalia Rose Baleine Gallagher -- is the daughter of a movie star who doesn't know who her mother is. After years of outrunning paparazzi and a devastating incident concerning Nat's best friend, her father decides that it is best for them both to seek seclusion in Canada. There, Nat has plenty of time to ruminate -- and to wish that the boy she just met was more willing to be her friend.

The subject of personal identity underlies the story, shown through Nat's thoughts on her own place in the world and through her trans friend Harry, working to be himself though others don't accept him. While Nat flounders to determine who she is, who her mother is, and who the woman she calls The Bird really is, Harry is certain of himself; it's others, like his father, who...

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