|Gender queer : a memoir|
Author: Kobabe, Maia
How the author dealt with the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappled with how to come out to family and society, bonded with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and handled other gender identity challenges. In graphic novel format.
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2019 Gr 9 Up—Kobabe, who uses the pronouns e, em, and eir, was assigned female at birth but never felt that this designation fit. As e grew up, e learned about the spectrum of gender designations and settled on nonbinary as the best descriptor. E came out to eir family as nonbinary and asexual and found that eir family supported em however e identified. In this memoir, Kobabe chronicles eir life from the time e was very young through eir coming of age and adulthood. E describes common situations from the perspective of someone who is asexual and nonbinary: starting a new school, getting eir period, dating, attending college. The muted earth tones and calm blues match the hopeful tone and measured pacing. Matter-of-fact descriptions of gynecological exams and the use of sex toys will be enlightening for those who may not have access to this information elsewhere. VERDICT A book to be savored rather than devoured, this memoir will resonate with teens, especially fans of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Mason Deaver's I Wish You All the Best. It's also a great resource for those who identify as nonbinary or asexual as well as for those who know someone who identifies that way and wish to better understand.—Jenni Frencham, Indiana University, Bloomington - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.