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The Gender Games

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  925 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Why we are all being messed up by gender, and what we can do about it.

'It's a boy!' or 'It's a girl!' are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes - before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. And two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by Two Roads (first published June 1st 2017)
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May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part memoir and part social study and commentary Juno Dawson's The Gender Games is a fantastic, engaging and thought inducing look at gender, sex, sexuality and all the things in between that cause so much kerfuffle. I found it brilliantly direct, it made me understand something's I'd been puzzled about and left me feeling empowered as a person. I want it to do that for anyone who reads it. And you should read it, whatever you gender, sex or sexuality.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In short: I loved every second of this. I adored the warmth, the humour, the pop culture reference, and how very very positive this was. I listened to the book as read by the author and I can only recommend this. Juno Dawson brings an absolute wonderful joy to this memoir that I just really needed.

Compared to other memoirs I read in my month of reading mostly memoirs, this was lighthearted and fun. This does not mean that Juno Dawson does not have a lot to say, which she does, brilliantly so. Sh
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction-2018
This is a book I picked up on audiobook after hearing my friend Lauren talk about it. I was quite keen to find out more about Trans issues and being Trans, and I thought this sounded like it would be a great start point. Not only this, but the audiobook is actually narrated by the author herself and I love when the author narrates their own story as I think it really brings out the emotion.

Juno's story is probably not too dissimilar from many other UK-based trans people. I really liked seeing t
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was really good but there were some minor things that bothered me so I don't want to give it 5 stars. I would definitely recommend this if you are interested in reading about feminism from a different perspective or am interested in trans issues.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-books
Well I'm going to have to go for a second go, but YES, this was brilliant!!!

I listened to the audiobook (also read by Juno Dawson) who's voice is compelling.

It's wonderful, thought provoking and will leave you thinking for days.
I was touched by the honesty and no bullshit, take of Juno mind.
The audiobook is a delight as Juno is a pleasure to listen to and has a very emotive voice.
I giggled and talked to the audiobook out lout, it felt interactive. Like a good sit down and chin wag with a mate a
Let me be clear, I don't think this is a badly written book.

I think this is one of those "It's not you, it's me." situations.

Juno Dawson's approach to this topic is funny and approachable and I find myself agreeing with her a lot.

I just really didn't gel with the overly familiar tone, the chatty, matey thing. I also felt a bit like she was preaching to the converted in a lot of cases and if I'm reading nonfiction it's because I'm trying to learn something new.

I think this book is perfect for
i enjoyed this
This book was amazing! A great mix of Juno's experience transitioning from man to woman and her thoughts on gender issues and feminism. I loved that it was funny and sarcastic at times, but also that she let her emotion and anger shine through when talking about infuriating subject and behaviours. I didn't know anything about the trans culture (and still don't know much to be honest), but this book was eye-opening and a great and quick read.
4.5 stars
This book is great ! Part memoir, part social commentary, it makes a lot of good points and is—of course—as inclusive as may be. Juno Dawson is very aware of her relatively privileged situation as a white and wealthy trans woman, and doesn't "talk for all trans women".
It made me think about a lot of aspects I had never thought about prior to listening to this—for example, how we shouldn't talk about a fetus's or child's gender, because it is impossible to know until the child grows up a
Joy Isabella
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my books of the year. So important, inspirational and insightful!
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgtbq, non-fiction
Juno made some really interesting points and this was thought provoking.
Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
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The Gender Games is a true marvel. It is a book that I feel as though I would be able to hand to any person I walked passed in the street, however ill-informed they are on the subject of gender identity, and they would come away from the book with a well-rounded understanding of what it means to be transgender in today’s society (if it wasn't so frank about sex, I would definitely be handing it to my grandma right no
An interesting Read.

This book delivers a very good part-chatty memoir and part-introduction to gender and trans issues within society. Throughout the book it really made me think and want to go and read further into academic gender studies and look into some of social and political issues contemporary society raised within Dawson's book.
I enjoyed the book a lot, but there were instances when I disagreed with the author, especially parts about magazine analysis motherhood. Also, I wish I'd understand all references to the pop culture or people mentioned.. In this respect I'm so clueless!
Fun, relatable, real, sad, informative and necessary.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
4.5 stars
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audibook
This was a fascinating memoir/discussion on gender brilliantly written and read by Juno Dawson. This has really made me think about how I view gender, in particular childhood stereotypes. I like to think of myself as a feminist but I think I could do a lot more to be more inclusive in my feminism and after reading this I am going to change. This book was funny, poignant and really made me think
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and totally agreed with everything Juno Dawson wrote. I liked how she described gender as a bogeyman and all of her other ideas. Everyone should read this book!
Clare Holman-Hobbs
Juno Dawson could punch me in the face and I'd say thank you.
Kate Henderson
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I read this book in the summer of 2017 but I decided to listen to the audio book. Loved this book even more after listen to Juno read her book via audible. Loved it!! Need more books like this!!!!!
Rachel Jones
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When it was announced that Juno would be releasing a non fiction book focusing on gender, I knew I had to read it! I've probably mentioned this a hundred times before, but I adore Juno's YA fiction books. Although I was initially interested in the topic of this new book that seemed a lot more adulty than any of her other books, I am not a big reader of non fiction. My recent non fiction reads have been by famous youtubers steppi
Callum McLaughlin
Considering that by the end of chapter one alone, there had already been references to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sleeping Beauty, Bridget Jones, Strictly Come Dancing, Labyrinth and Carrie, I knew Juno Dawson's was a voice full of warmth and humour that would make the daunting task of dismantling gender myths an accessible and even fun experience.

There were so many interesting areas covered in here, and I had so many lightbulb moments, where Dawson managed to articulate my own thoughts precisely
Juno Dawson is a great non-fiction writer! I'm not into YA and have not read any of her novels, but I simply LOVED The Gender Games! I chose the audiobook as my Audible book of the month (and this is a great honour since I get just one per month) which was narrated by Juno herself, and I wasn't disappointed. She is so fun, clever and witty, and this is probably the best audiobook I have read/listened to. She didn't just read her book, it was like listening to a podcast, or even better chatting w ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10, 2018, library, non-fiction
My son was asking some questions about transgender people that I was unable to answer. Just as I was thinking about where I might find him some resources, I saw this book highly recommended on a booktube video. Thinking it might be a good place to start, I requested it from the library. And when it arrived, I started reading it myself.

This is a personal story. This is Juno's story - and her story so far. She quickly points out that she can only tell her story and no-one else's. She is candid and
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this a four star rating because I loved and agreed with almost all the messages she was putting across.

The more people who come forward and speak about LGBQT+, POC, feminism (both male and female), FGM, inequality on all levels is fantastic.

We follow Juno's story from birth to her ongoing transition now. I teared up in certain parts; the letter and response from her Dad, the introduction of her name (I wanted to hug her), etc. This is a very thought provoking memoir and I'd encoura
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thought-provoking part memoir/part review of what it is to be a "woman" vs. what it is to be a "man" - with a strong, well-reasoned, argument that the whole concept of gender is essentially nonsense and sticking to rigid ideas about male and female gender doesn't benefit anyone (least of all those who don't feel they fit into any binary category).

I don't think this book is going to change any minds to be honest. If you think a man's a man and that's it, then you'll probably always think that (
George Lester
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-june-2017
I listened to the audiobook (also read by Juno Dawson) and now I urge you all to read it! It's delightful, thought provoking and touching. The audiobook is also particularly masterful as Juno is such a wonderful storyteller. It made me laugh (in public) it made me mouth YES GAWD (also in public) to its messages and the fine points it makes on gender. Seriously, read it, listen to it, devour it! A brilliant book and (I hate when people say this, but sometimes it's true!) an important one at that.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-readers
A very interesting read and certainly gave me lots to think about. I am not going to write what this book is about as not only do i not wish to spoil for others, but the title should give one a good idea.

So pleased to have had the opportunity to read this book, which i won in a recent Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
*4.5 stars. Really liked it and it's an important read. I agreed, learned and I cringed at some parts (basically because I didn't know some events existed in some parts of the world). Some parts felt to too long or kinda boring, so that's why I don't think it's worth the 5 stars but it's still worth to read an highly recommend it to everyone.
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Previously wrote under the name James Dawson

Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of six novels for young adults. In 2016, she authored the best-selling World Book Day title: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE.

Her next novel is the beautiful and emotive MARGOT & ME (Jan 2017) which will be followed by her adult debut, the memoir THE GENDER GAMES (Jul 17).

Juno also wrote the bestse
“I dare to dream of a world where people can dress, speak and behave how they want, free from mockery, derision, judgement, harassment and danger. This is what I want. Who’s with me?” 5 likes
“Where we’re from, both the location and the environment we’ve stewed in, has a massive impact on the adults we become.” 1 likes
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