In 2014, 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 and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was drawn to this one for many reasons. But I am glad I read this one. IT was thought-provoking. Beautiful and relatable. This is a memoir I will own. It is well written and I can see where this would help others in their own journey.
This is a very open, honest, and straightforward memoir, and I'm glad I got the chance to read it. I enjoyed getting to know Maia over the course of the book, and I appreciated learning about eir journey (and hopefully, I learned how to use eir pronouns correctly). I loved all the nerdiness, I wanted to give em a comforting hug, I wanted to steal those cool floral pants e was wearing at the end! This is a great book to read if you want to better understand genders other than cis, told in a way that feels like a friend relating it to you; there are awkward moments, painful moments, funny moments, triumphant moments, and you'll laugh, cry, cringe along with Maia (this feels like a perfect time for the "The More You Know" star and rainbow to show up ;) ). Definitely recommended!