Book Review: A Proper Young Lady by: Lianne Simon

Publisher:  Faie Miss Press

Publication Date:  December 18, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis:  A woman with the complete form of Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome might never discover that she has testes in her abdomen rather than ovaries and uterus. Danièle knows, and she grieves that she can never have her own children. She has a partial form of AIS that left her with ambiguous genitals, a steady stream of doctors and psychologists, and parents determined to see her happy as a girl.

After Danièle's best friend and childhood crush agrees to have a baby for her, Danièle learns that the clinic can extract sperm from her own gonadal biopsies, and she becomes the father of Melanie's baby herself.

Ethan adores the graceful young woman named Danièle, while Melanie imagines a life with the father of her child. Danièle? She’s happy with her intersex body—somewhere between princess and little boy. But in a black and white world, she must choose—once and for all—who she will be. And whom she will love.

Review: A PROPER YOUNG LADY is a touch story of the complex life of an individual with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, born intersex. Dani has so much pressure from all sides: her parents, her best friend Melanie, and her fiancé to be something they each wanted, instead of just being Dani. I felt for Dani and wanted her to have a happy ending of her own choosing. The story shows how much society doesn’t accept what it doesn’t understand. The romance between Dani and Melanie was sweet and tender, bringing peace into their lives. It’s obvious the author has completed a huge amount of research on Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome and/or has a personal connection to someone with this condition.

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