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Gender Queer Youthfully bright, honest, uncertain, optimistic. A memoir by someone so much like me, yet at the same time so unlike me A few times I had to set it down and cry Be forewarned that I can t even pretend to aspire to objectivity, and brace yourselves for a review that s going to beabout me than about the book Or move along if that understandably doesn t appeal to you.The graphic novel format lends itself well to Maia Kobabe s story, perhaps because it adds a playful element that complements the sheer quirkiness of eir life experience.T A memoir by someone so much like me, yet at the same time so unlike me A few times I had to set it down and cry Be forewarned that I can t even pretend to aspire to objectivity, and brace yourselves for a review that s going to beabout me than about the book Or move along if that understandably doesn t appeal to you.The graphic novel format lends itself well to Maia Kobabe s story, perhaps because it adds a playful element that complements the sheer quirkiness of eir life experience.This was me, too, from the time I was 11 years old But I was born in an era when there was no way to communicate that fundamental fact about myself, because the language did not yet exist for concepts like gender identity As I grew up I kept trying to tell people about how I am, but after a couple of decades had to give it up as a hopeless cause Only recently did I discover that there are now, finally, words I can use to describe myself to others the most general of which is genderqueer More specifically, I identify as agender, i.e., I have no sense of gender at all I can t even stretch my imagination far enough to guess what it s like for people to feel they have a gender it s all a mystery to me It s a vast understatement to say I was wracked with envy as I read Maia s story of growing up in a world where the right words do exist, and people like oneself can be found and befriended.Yessssssssss.Maia seems content with the general self description of genderqueer, with no need to pin it down further I went through mood swings as I read, resonating powerfully with some of eir experiences, and finding others utterly alien, for example eir asexuality Sometimes I just had to laugh at the odd parallels in our lives, like this When I was a kid, I was the one everyone called if they needed to be saved from a snake Actually I still am, because I m on call for my local community as a rattlesnake relocator Enoughthan enough ugh about me I d like to sayabout the book, honestly, but it put me through the wringer emotionally, and I ve pretty much exhausted my ability to be coherent I hope it finds a wide audience or at least finds its way to the folks who can benefit from, and rejoice at, seeing genderquirkiness embraced and explored I needed this book 20 years ago Words can not describe how much I love this book It s a memoir about growing up and figuring out that one is non binary and asexual While I am not asexual, I am non binaryand while I can look back on my life now and realize I have always been this way, it took until age 30 to find the words To realize, i m not a freak I m not wrong I m not confused any and if I had had the words and someone else saying me too I never would have had to be That i m I needed this book 20 years ago Words can not describe how much I love this book It s a memoir about growing up and figuring out that one is non binary and asexual While I am not asexual, I am non binaryand while I can look back on my life now and realize I have always been this way, it took until age 30 to find the words To realize, i m not a freak I m not wrong I m not confused any and if I had had the words and someone else saying me too I never would have had to be That i m not alone So many instances of OMG ME TOO Yes, so much yes I feel this so hard Waitthere is a WORD for that And it s not just me It s a memoir of someone else s life but so much of it mirrored my own Not 100% obviously, but a lot of it And it made me feel so incredibly seen I am still trying not to cry while writing thisand i m failing I m so glad to finally understand my struggle with gender that i ve had as long as I can remember To finally know i m not a freak, alone, wrong for feeling this way And that there are words Words can mean the entire world In some cases I did honestly say lucky you to privilege s e had that I did not Like on page 150 where e mention their lack of chronic pain and health issues I was born with vacterl association I am a medical nightmare, have always had chronic pain getting worse as I get older and I always will But e is aware of that privilege.I would highly recommend this to, well everyone Non binary Asexual Queer Wanting to learn It s a graphic novel It s easy and quick to read It was hard hitting for me because I personally related to a lot of it I needed this I got it from Hoopla and I will be buying a copy so I can hug it And re read it.Though saying how much I related to this and having others read it feels like i m getting naked in front of everyone But oh well Because I am who I am And that s ok I adored this It was so heartfelt, detailed, and very deeply honest, raw and personal I loved the page where the author was like when e was a teen I m never writing comics about my personal life lolol But honestly overall this hit me very deeply and I m so grateful I got to read it Absolute recommendation with my whole heart It just ended too abruptly I was there, franticly trying to scroll further on my ecopy and I m like no do not end Mini review FANTASTIC Really Read it This graphic novel memoir about gender and identity should make top 10 lists of various kinds for a long, long time. Gender Queer is a memoir comic by Maia Kobabe with a title that signals the desire to reach out to others, I think, of similar non binary inclinations or commitments In this still relatively new moment of non binary pronoun usage to signal identity, Kobabe uses the Gayatri Spivak system of e, em, eir E also identifies as asexual, though e does have a kink or two For part of the book Kobabe identified as bi, but really, e does not want to be either a girl or boy so e s, just for the sak Gender Queer is a memoir comic by Maia Kobabe with a title that signals the desire to reach out to others, I think, of similar non binary inclinations or commitments In this still relatively new moment of non binary pronoun usage to signal identity, Kobabe uses the Gayatri Spivak system of e, em, eir E also identifies as asexual, though e does have a kink or two For part of the book Kobabe identified as bi, but really, e does not want to be either a girl or boy so e s, just for the sake of identification, not trans , or have any sexual relationships with others, though we learn e tried Eir queer sister at one point told em she thought Maia was genderless, and this might be something e would still agree with, not sure Eir family and friends have all been very supportive, it seems.I had to look up the difference between the non binary gender queer and gender fluid, which isabout fluctuating between genders, or being flexible about it all.Kobabe is shy, secretive, non confrontational, so it seems like a particular act of courage for someone like em to write such a book, to share her story, though probablyfor others on the road to their own journies than even for em How m I doing on the pronoun usage, kids I m a cis gendered dude of a certain age I will admit I am still learning, and had to go over this several times Not that I think this book describes a phase, but I have the sense that Kobabe will think somewhat differently about all these issues ten years from now, which is not to say e will suddenly become binary I just have this feeling that part of identity for many people seems to involve exploration, just figuring things out Youth is a particular time for this, of course maybe for some people it happens later Until this book made me think hard about it, I hadn t realized how many people I know that are probably gender queer I like the art, I like knowing eir story I guess the only issue I have with the book is that titling it thus makes it appear less autobiographical andlike a book that defines a topic, which it does not It is about em and eir specific identity issues commitments, while introducing you to the idea generally of people being non binary But anyone who is gender queer or knows someone who is ought to read this book, I think You ll learn a lot I did I am glad it is being read by so many people already on Goodreads, people largely seeming to love it In , 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 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 i enjoyed this i rarely read memoirs, but i m thinking that i won t be rating them since it s kind of hard to rate a real person s real experiences.i will say this was a very personal memoir that highlighted the author s journey to self acceptance and discovery eir were constantly growing and changing and i liked that the end of this graphic novel was kind of open ended, but satisfying.i also think that despite the simple language used and minimal text, emotion was displayed very well and i fee i enjoyed this i rarely read memoirs, but i m thinking that i won t be rating them since it s kind of hard to rate a real person s real experiences.i will say this was a very personal memoir that highlighted the author s journey to self acceptance and discovery eir were constantly growing and changing and i liked that the end of this graphic novel was kind of open ended, but satisfying.i also think that despite the simple language used and minimal text, emotion was displayed very well and i feel like it opened my eyes evento what it s like being gender queer non binary definitely recommend this one This memoir is so damn liberating And yes, everyone deserves a family like that Loved this one so much The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This graphic memoir is very well done and I truly believe that it might be helpful for a lot of people Here the author explores eir gender identity and how e came to be and understand who e is today It was nice seeing a nonbinary person represented and also learning about the e, em, eir pronouns The illustrations are very good and I also really appreciated how eir family was present throughoutThe ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This graphic memoir is very well done and I truly believe that it might be helpful for a lot of people Here the author explores eir gender identity and how e came to be and understand who e is today It was nice seeing a nonbinary person represented and also learning about the e, em, eir pronouns The illustrations are very good and I also really appreciated how eir family was present throughout the whole comic I highly recommend this one


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About the Author: Maia Kobabe

Maia Kobabe is a graduate of the Comics MFA program at California College of the Arts Maia is the author illustrator of GENDER QUEER A MEMOIR May 2019 , winner of an Alex Award, Stonewall Book Award, nominated for an Ignatz Award and the Best Graphic Novels for Teens list from YALSA Maia Kobabe is non binary, queer and uses e em eir pronouns redgoldsparks on instagrampatreon.com maiakobabeblog redgoldsparks.tumblr.comcontact redgoldcomics gmail.com


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