This Book Is Gay


How did I get it?:
I received it from Hot Key Books in exchange for a honest review!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Hollow Pike
Cruel Summer
Say Her Name


Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it’s like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials from people ‘across the spectrum’, this inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know – from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more. Spike Gerrell’s hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must-have read.


I bloody love James Dawson. I had to get that out there, but man the Queen of Teen is amazing. This Book is Gay really shows off James’ personality. As I was reading it, I felt like I was watching him talk (like I did at YALC). He really is a very witty man and a fantastic writer. This Book Is Gay is a piece of Non Fiction. If I’m honest, I quite often find non fiction reads quite dry and at times boring. This certainly wasn’t the case with this book. It made me laugh out loud and it made me appreciate what some people experience because they are LGBT.

It didn’t matter to me that I was reading this book as a heterosexual. I don’t think it matters whatever sexual preference you have and that’s a bloomin’ fantastic thing. I thought it was fascinating and a real eye opener. It’s incredibly informative without being preachy. I love the message that this book brings with it. It accepts everyone for who they really are.  I imagine that this book is going to be a massive support to those that are struggling with their identity- teenagers or adults. James’ writing makes you feel like you’re talking to a friend that’s giving you some well thought out and intelligent advice.

I love that there are diagrams, pictures and quite graphic language and detail. It just adds to a wonderful reading experience. It’s open and honest. This book deserves to be read widely and receive many accolades.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic honest read about what it’s like to be LGBT in a world that is geared towards heterosexuality.

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