My 2015 Reading Challenge has stalled somewhat in the last couple of weeks – I’ve had rather a lot of group work to contend with at University, but come Wednesday I only have individual deadlines left, which means more time for reading!
Despite already contending with five books, “This Book is Gay” by James Dawson was repeatedly popping up on BookTube, which led me to to pick it up. Lots of BookTubers, regardless of sexual orientation, have been raving about it, and I do love a good recommendation! As a nonfiction book (#14) I flew through it, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
My Goodreads Review
“‘This Book is Gay’ by James Dawson is a nonfiction book about, you guessed it, being gay. It is not however limited to being gay, instead it covers LGBT* and beyond, including gender identification. Having been written by a male, it is unsurprising that the majority of the content is more applicable to males, stemming from the authors own experiences. However, numerous interviews were conducted with individuals spanning the LGBT* spectrum, which allows for the views of many more to be considered. The book covers all labels, whilst simultaneously reminding the reader that not conforming is not an issue.
I would say that this book is targeted primarily at teens and young people (13-25) who are not sure of who they are as individuals. That being said, I personally would recommend this book to a much wider audience, regardless of age, gender, race and sexual orientation – although it is probably more useful for males than females. There really is a lot to be learnt from this book, no matter your opinions!
However, this book is rather crude in places (in that it is unapologetically honest about “the ins and outs of gay sex”, amongst other things) so I’d advise caution if you or your child is sensitive to this kind of information. The book deals with serious issues such as the countries in which it is illegal to be gay, homophobia, how to come out, stereotypes and how and where to meet likeminded people.
Ultimately, this book is about reinforcing that however you identify yourself, that is fine! In the words of Taylor Swift, “Haters gonna hate” but just “Shake It Off!” and be who you are!”
I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It was written in a comic style, and it didn’t take itself too seriously. There were lots of depressing facts mentioned throughout the book that provided food for thought, but if you are in any way interested in promoting equality amongst people, you should read this book! I also do not doubt that it will have helped, and will help many more in the future, young people come to terms with who they are as individuals – and that’s just fabulous!
#14 A nonfiction book – This Book is Gay by James Dawson (7/10)
Thirteen down, thirty-seven to go. (Fourteen read)
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