×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

This Book Is Gay
     

This Book Is Gay

4.5 6
by James Dawson
 

See All Formats & Editions

"The book every LGBT person would have killed for as a teenager, told in the voice of a wise best friend. Frank, warm, funny, USEFUL." -Patrick Ness, bestselling author

Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. This book

Overview

"The book every LGBT person would have killed for as a teenager, told in the voice of a wise best friend. Frank, warm, funny, USEFUL." -Patrick Ness, bestselling author

Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.

There's a long-running joke that, after "coming out," a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You're welcome.

Inside you'll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more. This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it's like to grow up LGBT also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, not to mention hilarious illustrations.

You will be entertained. You will be informed. But most importantly, you will know that however you identify (or don't) and whomever you love, you are exceptional. You matter. And so does this book.

One of The Guardian's Best Books of the Year

"This egregious gap has now been filled to a fare-thee-well by Dawson's book..." - Booklist (Starred)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/22/2015
First published in the U.K., this irreverent, informative handbook offers a wide-ranging overview of gender identity, sexual orientation, coming out, dating, and more. Adopting a humorous tone that should help set anxious readers at ease, Dawson dismantles stereotypes, such as “Gay women hate men” (“I imagine they’d hate men who said that to them, yes”); defines a range of terms from “camp” to “cubs”; and offers (very) frank information about sex (“A bit of spit, Brokeback Mountain–style, is NOT a substitute for a proper water-based lubricant”). Gerrell’s playful b&w cartoons help maintain an encouraging atmosphere, even when Dawson turns to homophobia/transphobia, anti-gay legislation, and STDs. Readers will find guidance to navigating their sexual identities and more general advice about self-esteem, forming respectful relationships, and seeking personal fulfillment. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jo Williamson, Antony Harwood Ltd. Literary Agents. (June)
From the Publisher
"An exuberant guide to LGBT life takes the stance that "being L or G or B or T or
• is SUPER FUN." Speaking with candor, humor, and enthusiasm, Dawson addresses topics from coming out to sexually transmitted infections to sex apps. With irreverent chapter titles like "Stereotypes Are Poo" and a chatty narrative voice, the tone is largely upbeat, though the author also touches on "some MEGA-SADFACE topics" like discrimination. Easily readable tables and humorous cartoons further liven up the presentation. " - Kirkus
School Library Journal
06/01/2015
Gr 10 Up—This witty, no-holds-barred look at the LGBTQ experience provides information that parents or school friends often can't or won't give. The book covers dating, religious perceptions of LGBTQ people, bullying, coming out, and more. Employing occasionally snarky, informal language, Dawson provides very direct, frank guidance (among the subheadings are "Doing the Sex" and "Why Are Gay Men So Slutty?"), including sexual advice (complete with labeled anatomical cartoons). However, these are all topics about which teens are curious. Though the book has an intended audience, a variety of readers will appreciate it. VERDICT An insightful option for those with questions about what it's like to be LGBTQ.—April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL
Kirkus Reviews
2015-04-01
An exuberant guide to LGBT life takes the stance that "being L or G or B or T or
• is SUPER FUN." Speaking with candor, humor, and enthusiasm, Dawson addresses topics from coming out to sexually transmitted infections to sex apps. With irreverent chapter titles like "Stereotypes Are Poo" and a chatty narrative voice, the tone is largely upbeat, though the author also touches on "some MEGA-SAD FACE topics" like discrimination. Easily readable tables and humorous cartoons further liven up the presentation. To add more perspectives, segments from interviewees who represent areas of the LGBT spectrum not represented by the author himself are also included. Chapters on sex and apps like Grindr are helpfully matter-of-fact, and readers hear from people who choose casual sex as well as those who prefer emotionally intimate relationships. The book is a U.K. import, and while U.S.-based readers shouldn't have much trouble understanding Briticisms like "fancy" or "shag," some of the anti-discrimination laws referenced won't apply. More troubling, the book's efforts to support transgender readers are undermined by persistent, thoughtless affirmations that biology really is destiny—for instance, when the author debunks the myth that "gay men are ‘girls' " with a jokey "Penis? Check! Yup, gay men are, in fact, male." Important for its frank sex talk but far less inclusive than it aims to be. (glossary, resources) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492617839
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
06/02/2015
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
40,972
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1070L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

James Dawson is the award-nominated author of dark teen thrillers HOLLOW PIKE, CRUEL SUMMER and SAY HER NAME. A former teacher specializing in behavior studies, James now writes full time and lives in South London.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

This Book Is Gay 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so good but I want MORE. Obviously a book containing all necessary info on being LGBTQIA+ would be mammoth-sized and way too long to read, but I loved what I read here so much that I wish some parts were expanded. For example, this book does a PHENOMENAL job with LGBT issues, but I would have loved more info on asexuality, pansexuality, intersex, genderqueer, and the other lesser known and understood sexual identities and genders. But regardless this book is fantastic and I'm totally recommending this to everyone
gaele More than 1 year ago
James Dawson has built a wonderful ‘from the ground up’ book that deals with a myriad of issues that face the LBGTQ community, be you a teen or an adult. But, something amazing happened in this compilation of the ‘Q & A about Gay’, everyone else can use this to get answers to questions, clarify some rather niggly points and even increase their own understanding and acceptance.  Do you know the difference between transvestite, transgender and transsexual? You will when  you finish this  book, AND you will also have been treated to several first person perspective stories that discuss living as someone who is different and perhaps discriminated against simply because of their identification.   While this book is not all-encompassing, nor does it provide every perspective, the largest of the stereotypes and issues are presented in clear and concise language, giving every reader the ability to learn and start to develop an understanding if not tolerance for those who are different from themselves. I’ve always maintained  that reading will give you an entrée into worlds you may not know, but come to understand just a bit better.  When you start to understand those differences, you cease to be so afraid of them: and that loss of fear will lead to tolerance if not acceptance. A must in today’s ever-shrinking world.  Told with clear honesty, humor and a chatty style that doesn’t shrink away from difficult moments, this is a story  that presents facts and advice in an easy to read form, perfect for anyone looking for more information.   I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey...
Anonymous 6 months ago
It is my favourite book. My best friend gave it to me for my birthday and I loved it. I has so much important information that is always good to know. It doesent matter if you are LGBT+ or not this book is a great way to learn more and answer all of your questions.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
?