Library Staff Recommendation

Gender Queer: A Memoir, by Maia Kobabe

Cover of Gender Queer, by Maia Kobabe.

As the most challenged book in the US for 2022, I had to see what the fuss was all about. As I expected to find, it is just a book that celebrates being LGBTQIA+. The author uses e/em/eir pronouns, which I am respecting in this review.

The book is the author’s memoir, starting as a child, through eir teenage years, and finally as a young adult. It is eir journey through this period of discovering eir gender and sexual identity. While there were parts of the story I could relate to, there was a lot I did not. I found it fascinating to peek into the life of someone whose experience was so different to my own.

I found the art quite pleasant. The writing was engaging, and the pace of the story was good. It is not a terribly long read, but I felt I got enough of an insight into the author’s life to have a better appreciation for someone with a different gender and sexual identity to myself.

4/5 Stars

Reviewed by Rebecca.