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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  16,703 ratings  ·  2,369 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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases

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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
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, non-fiction
They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes. You also might want to think twice before reading their memoir.

I really wanted to love this - I’m a fan of Queer Eye and the Fab 5 - but it was such a disappointment.

There were some fundamental issues I had with the way the book was put together, each chapter seemed to jump from one thing to another and nothing really flowed that well as a result. Tan is not a natural storyteller and it shows.

My main issues, however, were how judgemental everything cam
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Whitney Atkinson
i enjoyed learning tan’s backstory but his advice chapters are shaky. never wear sweats around your significant other? if you find something you like, always buy more than one? im trying to be gracious that we have lots of cultural differences but it definitely made me go hmmm......

also he makes sweeping statements about fashion like “boot cut jeans look bad. blue hair and long hair are ugly” and i could only think really dude??? i liked tan on the show but the tone of this book edged toward con
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
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
Jul 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a terrible book. This is the only one star rating I’ve ever given.

I really liked Tan from Queer eye. I listen to JVN’s podcast, and I love him more the more I hear from him. This was the exact opposite.

From this book, Tan seems like a judgmental, pretentious asshole. He lists the insults he’s received that have stuck with him forever and changed his behaviors, and then turns around and says that unnatural hair colors are universally unflattering and people whose hair goes down to their but
da AL
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
How I got to reading this book is a mystery to me -- surely I'm not the only book lover for whom one book can sometimes follow another as if by magic. What I'm trying to say is that I loved this even though I've never watched Queer Eye, I enjoyed Tan's sweet, loving, down-to-earth call for people to be their best, to be respectful of each other, to dream, to work hard, and to have fun. I wish Tan & his dear Rob the best! ...more
I adore Tan France so much. I was highly anticipating this book, and I received a copy of it from BookSparks, and I couldn’t wait to read it! And I’m so glad I did. I’m a huge fan of Queer Eye and I absolutely adore Tan.

I loved getting more insight into his childhood and his marriage and getting casted for Queer Eye and meeting the other guys for the first time. Reading some of those stories from his childhood were heartbreaking, because he dealt with a lot of racism growing up brown in the UK.
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
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs, audiobooks
I had the good fortune to attend an author event with Tan France, and it was an incredibly delightful evening. Tan, who came to fame as the fashion expert on Netflix's show "Queer Eye," was hilarious and charming and it was a joy to hear him tell his stories.

With it being clear that I adore Tan France the person, his book is a bit of a meandering mess. I listened to it on audio, which Tan performs himself, and it's a mix of his biography along with his tips on fashion, dating, food, and other li
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
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There wasn't much I particularly disliked about this book, there just wasn't too much I particularly liked either. I was just kind of meh. I listened to this as an audiobook and I do recommend it as Tan narrates it himself, and I feel that his sense of humor and personality are a large part of the book. It was easy to listen to, kind of like watching reality TV, but wasn't really engrossing. I also tried watching the show as I know it is so popular but I just couldn't get into it. :(

It was inte
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Naturally Tan is all Tan, naturally.
It's about a diverse person sharing their diverse experiences, background, and personality. If anyone wants to get some perspective on such diversity this is a good story to read.
Warning though, lots of cursing/swearing/foul/prohibited/adult words; so age appropriate-ness advisable.
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Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2019
Thanks so much to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tan France is one of five TV personalities from the Emmy-award-winning Netflix show Queer Eye. I feel like I should start off by saying that I love Netflix's Queer Eye to pieces, and Tan is always one of my favorite guys on the show. I don’t tend to read very many memoirs, unless there by some of my favorite people. I find it really hard to rate non fiction, as this is about someone's lif
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to read this book for quite a long time so I was very pleased to get a copy for my birthday recently! I liked it just as much as I had hoped I would. I don't have a favourite from Queer Eye (a show I like a great deal, despite typically avoiding makeover shows whenever possible) but when I watched the trailer for the first season, it was Tan France that pulled me in. I just liked him, and he was the main reason why I decided to give the show a go. I'm glad I did as it's proved ...more
Honestly, I feel like I just read one, huge run-on sentence that Tan France happened to say aloud at one point and someone decided to write it down.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like Tan France, and I LOVE the new Queer Eye show, but for real, Tan needs to stop subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) fat shaming and slut shaming people. There were quite a few moments I was not picking up what he was putting down. Like how dare he tell his readers to wear one piece swimsuits instead of bikinis becau
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

As a fan of Queer Eye I was looking forward to reading Tan's memoir, and it did not disappoint. We get a look at his British childhood, growing up gay and Muslim in a traditional family and the racism he faced as a Pakistani. The we get a brief overview of his teen years and hijinks, the MANY jobs he worked, and his experience starting his own fashion company. (I was unaware of this part of his history, so it was interesting) and then, of course, beginning to work on Quee
Amy | Foxy Blogs
I really love Tan on Queer Eye so when I found out he wrote an autobiography it was a no-brainer, for me, on reading it.

I really enjoyed listening to Naturally Tan and Tan being the narrator was really enjoyable - I love his accent. Besides sharing about his life he gives advice on everything from fashion to relationships. These little bits of advice are sprinkled throughout the book.

It was fun finding out tidbits about Tan and the show like - when Tan was asked to the audition for QE and he t
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqiap, non-fiction
I absolutely adore Queer Eye. It's my go-to show for when I need a few smiles and I'm so excited for all the books these boys are releasing. So I didn't hesitate to request a review copy for Naturally Tan.

I love Tan. He always seems really sweet and down-to-earth, and I love seeing his confidence grow as he spends more time in front of a camera, so we can see more of his naturally snarky self. (One of my favourite quotes from season 3: "Fives? A ten is speaking.")

So he shares a few stories for t
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
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
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 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
Caidyn (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.
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Honestly really made me sad. I know he was trying to be funny and sassy but to be honest, the book just seemed like the judgmental rantings of a jaded business man.
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“Speaking of that - bitch, this is my country. I was born and raised in England. Great Britain colonised my family's homeland, and then that led my people to have the right to come to the UK to settle and have kids in that country. If the Brits could come to South Asia (and many, many other lands) to claim it as their own, then by gosh, I have the right to call England my home, and I will not get out because I'm told to... and neither will the rest of my people.” 12 likes
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