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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  985 ratings  ·  319 reviews
In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France, star of Netflix's smash-hit QUEER EYE, tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional Muslim family, as one of the few people of color in Doncaster, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of ag ...more
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Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Tanweer Wasim "Tan" France is an English fashion designer. He is one of the Fab 5 from “ Queer Eye ” on Netflix. Tan is the fashion expert on the series.

I really didn’t know a lot about Tan before reading his book. I had heard of the Netflix series, “ Queer Eye ” but had never watched it.

Tan was raised in a traditional Muslim family in South Yorkshire, England. If you ask him when he first knew he was gay, he’ll tell you h
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading Naturally Tan on 5/11/2019 and finished it on 5/16/2019. This book is an excellent read. Normally memoirs put me to sleep but this book is actually written in a way that I feel like Tan is talking to me. It’s upbeat and honest and I found myself wanting to get to know him and learn from his experiences. I have never heard of Tan France and the Netflix show Queer Eye until I receive the surprise book mail, advance copy for review. I went on Netflix right after I open my book mai ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tan France is the style expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye and part of the Fab 5. I am a huge fan of the show and like all 5 of the men, though I knew very little about Tan prior to reading this book.

Naturally Tan is part memoir and part advice. The advice is dispensed in a casual, friendly manner and includes numerous style-related tips, as well as a few regarding the management of relationships, and how to not let instant fame and wealth go to your head. Tan is playful, thoughtful, and maintains a
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

I'm a fan of Tan France, and I find him to be charming, funny, but a bit aloof. His book feels the same way.

Naturally Tan was an easy, enjoyable read that actually felt like Tan wrote it instead of the book being fully reworked by a ghostwriter. It had his voice and cadence, and I loved that about it.

Tan's upbringing, love life, and religion aren't new to anyone who watches his show, but we learn a bit more about the details in his book. I liked the anecdotal details about his child
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a insightful memoir of the life of Tanweer Wasim, otherwise more commonly known as Tan France, as one of the Fab Five of Queer Eye, a hit show on Netflix. It takes an easy, casual conversational approach that makes this a comfortable immersive reading experience as we learn of Tan's past and how he ended up on the much loved TV show in a non-linear narrative peppered with his fashion tips and advice. What makes this a fascinating read is that he is South Asian, gay and muslim, from a tra ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book! Non-fiction is rarely my genre of choice, and I don't read a lot of memoirs. I can count on one hand how many non-fiction books I've read in the past five years. But I saw the Fab 5 member Tan France had written something and I just had to read it. As a gay man, this new Queer Eye has been a revelation. I adore them all - the cast members, the "heroes" as they cal
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know what the show Queer Eye was about until I saw everyone talking about it on twitter last year and then I decided to binge watch the two seasons ... wow was that an experience. I sobbed in almost every episode and fell in love with the Fab 5 and it’s been wonderful getting to know them better since then. It was also very surprising to see a gay South Asian person on such a mainstream popular show and he quickly became my favorite and I’ve really wanted to know more about Tan. So I wa ...more
I listened to "Naturally Tan" on audiobook. I do not watch the show "Queer Eye" and I did not really know who Tan France was but I was seeing this book all over bookstagram so I had to check it out! Well let me just say, I thought this was such a great book! Tan narrated the audiobook himself, which was fantastic because it really felt like he was talking to me. His personality really shone through! I'm not a huge memoir fan but I was impressed with this book. So much truth about how he grew up, ...more
Oct 19, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-need, lgbt
Tan France is the most lovely human being on the planet so OF COURSE I'm reading his book.


Dec 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
Ah the Fab 5 ( insert heart emoji here) you all make feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Of course I'm reading this book, can't wait for it to come out
I want to start this review by saying that the Netflix Queer Eye reboot has changed my life. That's not an exaggeration. Zach recommended it to me shortly after the release of season one and, initially, I was wary at the idea of watching a bunch of schlubby men get told they are schlubs or seeing content reinforce stereotypes of gay men as cultured, effeminate, and vain. But I gave it a shot because I trust Zach. The warm, nonjudgmental humanity of the way the first client was presented had me c ...more
I was pretty obsessed with Queer Eye when the reboot first came out (I don't normally like shows of this kind but something about QE struck a chord with me), and have followed the guys' careers since the show began - specifically listening to Jonathan Van Ness's podcast Getting Curious which is where I became more interested in Tan's story. In one of the podcast episodes Tan recounted to Jonathan some stories of his early years growing up in Doncaster, and it was a really emotional listen. So wh ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It’s a wonderful book and I recommend listening to it when it comes out with an audio version. You can read this as a book, but I felt this is one of those books that should be heard by the authors voice!
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a delight! I only wish it had been longer:-) If you're a fan of the Fab Five or just want a fun, though thoughtful summer read, give this one a try!

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Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia, memoir
I absolutely adore the Fab5 so I was so happy to receive an ARC for this book.


My resting state is that I'm a dweeb. I don't drink, I don't dance, and no one would ever accuse me of being cool. I get nervous in crowds and just want to skulk off into a corner until I can slip away without anyone noticing I'm gone.

(That paragraph has got to be one of the most relatable things I have ever read.)

Almost every chapter is titled after an article of clothing or accessory such as tuxedo, leather jacket,
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uplifting, funny, sweet, and oh so stylish! This was a great read. The chapters were short and almost stand alone. Tan France somehow manages to convey some pretty thoughtful discussions on racism and discrimination while tossing in a few truisms of fashion advice AND does it all with such an authentic voice that the reader cannot help but want to be his new best friend. I especially enjoyed his "Here's what I'd REALLY like to write" answers to those obnoxious fan letters. I was truly moved by h ...more
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Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for review.

Tan France was the first of the Fab 5 I was immediately curious about when binge watching the infinitely charming Queer Eye. As I become more increasingly aware of the lack of Asian representation in media here in the States (even rarer, gay and Asian), I inevitably became increasingly interested in French-tucking Tan. Like Queer Eye, Naturally Tan is fun, accessible, and has a candid tone tha
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i feel so honoured to be included in the marketing campaign for this book and i cant wait for it to hit shelves so that everyone can read and learn from tans story.

i know many people wont pick this up because they have never seen the netflix series ‘queer eye.’ i have only seen a couple of episodes myself but, from what little i have seen, i knew tan was the one i wanted to get to know better. there is such a radiant, but humble, quality about him and that really shines through in his words.

If you are a fan of Tan France, you should enjoy this book.

His voice comes through strong here. I read a e book version but my guess is that I would have enjoyed it more in audio format.

It a charming read with nicely highlight moments from various points in France's life but especially his childhood in England as brown Muslim boy. Then later, as a gay brown Muslim young man.

I, being a romance fan, wanted more his love story as he references his beloved and relationship often on Queer Ey The b
Laura (laurasloaninglibrary)
Let me start by saying that I LOVE the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye. Tan is a loveable component of that show, but compared to some of his counterparts (looking at you JVN) he definitely comes off as reserved on the show. For that reason, I was very excited to read his memoir and learn more about him.

Tan's book opened a window into his life growing up in South Yorkshire and some of the racism he faced growing up. I found Tan's very-real, very-direct addressing of these topics to be eye-opening wh
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Naturally Tan is the autobiography of Queer Eye’s resident stylist Tan France, and follows his path from South Yorkshire to Salt Lake City, with some great style tips thrown in for good measure.

I always like Tan on Queer Eye. He comes across as very genuine, caring and takes his role with great responsibility. In fact, all of the guys do, and that’s why I love the show. So it was nice to read about Tan’s childhood and uncover a li
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an enjoyable lovely read. Tan’s genuine and authentic voice shines through every page. Illustrations were fun and beautifully done. Style advice sprinkled throughout. Can’t say enough wonderful things about this book!
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
DNF at 26%

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I just... I couldn't. I tried and couldn't get into Tan's voice. I love Tan in the show -- I think he really gives great fashion advice that's very tailored to the hero they're helping that episode -- but I don't like this book. Honestly, simple as that. I just couldn't do it and it was grating on my nerves already.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Tan’s voice is incredibly amusing to read because I, personally, have always sort of seen him as more sophisticated on the show and elsewhere. This book simply highlights how completely beautiful and wacky a person he is. I loved the anecdotes about his childhood and early adult life, but it was when we really got into his life immediately before being cast and during that I appreciated this man more than ever.

That section by itself has a take-away for everyone who reads this, in the vein of “w
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, non-fiction
If you want a candid, open and honest discussion on Tan's life/childhood, the Getting Curious episode with Jonathan is much more illuminating.

Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

Fashion and compassion make the man.

In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humour, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few peop
I am a big fan of Tan France on Queer Eye and his memoir is just as delightful as he is!

One of the things I love most about this memoir is how direct and honest he is. He doesn’t sugarcoat and hide the tough stuff, whether about his childhood or fame. This takes this from typical celebrity memoir to something much more enjoyable and relatable. I love when celebrities are honest about the struggles of fame, and Tan does a wonderful job of balancing this with the information about all the advantag
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Queer Eye is one of those shows you just adore watching and whilst watching you start falling in love with the cast. For me, Tan is the one I immediately fell in love and whose story I was interested in learning more about – and I got the chance to do that because of the awesome publisher! If you haven’t seen Queer Eye on Netflix yet then I highly recommend it because it’s so good and because of the brilliant cast –Tan, Antoni, Karamo, Bobby and Jo
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Book Review: Naturally Tan by Tan France

Tan France stole my heart as soon as I saw him on Queer Eye. As soon as I heard about his book deal, I put his memoir on my list. There is something about Tan that is so captivating & entertaining. He's open & vulnerable but he always leaves me wanting a little bit more time with him. 

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I'm so grateful
Amy Bruestle
I won this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Here are my thoughts:

As funny as I think Tan France is on TV, the radio, and Youtube, I very seldom laughed throughout his memoir. I found the lack of humor to be somewhat disappointing because generally I think he is a pretty hilarious guy! So that was a bit of a let down. However, I do understand that a memoir is literally “about you” so it might not have been intended to make people laugh, so I have to realize my expectations
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Tanweer Wasim "Tan" France is an English fashion designer and television personality. He is currently the fashion expert for the Netflix series Queer Eye.
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