Hello people. How are you all doing??? How’s life treating you??? I have been working and studying at the same time as I have a lot of syllabi to cover before my exams in August and then in November. I am still having a lot of pride month books that I read and didn’t post about. So here they are!!! I will be posting about all the books and then back to other books. So let’s start with the review, shall we???
Author: Maia Kobabe.
Publisher: Lion Forge Comics.
Genre: LGBTQIA+, Queer Representation, Memoir, Biographies.
Chapter: No Chapters.
Pages: 239 pages.
Time: 2 hours.
Publishing / Published: 28 May 2019.
In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity–what it means and how to think about it–for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.
Amazon: 💙4.6/5 Stars💙.
Goodreads: 💙4.3/5 Stars💙.Taken from respective sources.
This book was a really really nice read. You can call it great too but after having arising a gazillion questions in my head, I don’t think I would like that because I am still trying to sort my feelings out. I won’t be giving a summary, please go search for it because I want to talk about this book more. I had already known a bit about the Queer community and getting to learn in-depth was really intriguing. The entire journey of a person from finding their identity to coming out to making people understand them was beautiful yet sad. Why do people have to be explained stuff like this??? It’s just normal and general things.
Schools should definitely normalize teaching about the LGBTQIA+ community to help spread awareness. Not everything has to be done by them to help themselves. This book had me asking so many questions not only about the community but also about myself. For a moment I related to the book so much I messaged @thewrittenjourney_ to know more about it and they were helpful enough to answer me patiently. I am still researching and finding out more but this book opened my eyes to a bigger problem…reading all LGBTQIA+ books showed 1 thing in common: mental health issues and no one to help!!!
This book displayed the journey so nicely that I felt kind of satisfied in the end. It taught me so much about a Queer person and how it feels going through the journey to understand yourself. I feel so attached and confident talking to queer people after reading this book cuz I know at least a bit more than I did about them and it means I am learning and that proves that I am not a fake ally here.
This book is a great representation of the Queer community. Also, LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY REPRESENTATION AND TEACHING SHOULD BE NORMALISED IN SCHOOLS FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO COME OUT FREELY AND ALSO BE ABLE TO ACCEPT THEMSELVES WITHOUT THE PRESSURE OF FITTING IN.
(Sorry for the angry burst out)
So that’s it for today. Hope you have a nice day. See you all soon. I will be consistent…maybe. Enjoy!!!!