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He Said, She Said: Lessons, Stories, and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  238 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Today, Gigi Gorgeous is beloved for her critically-acclaimed documentary, her outrageous sense of humor, her no-holds-barred honesty, and her glam Hollywood lifestyle. Ten years ago, she was a gawky Canadian teen named Gregory. In He Said, She Said, Gigi brings us on her personal journey from Gregory to Gigi, going deeper than ever before and exposing her vulnerability beh ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Harmony
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h o l l i s
I don't really feel I should rate a memoir because I'm not here to judge Gigi's life, so, no stars -- but don't take that to mean I feel negatively about the book.

As someone who has never watched her youtube channel or known much about her, I was maybe not the best audience, however.. this was an interesting read. It was pretty no-holds-barred and also informative regarding her transition and the three (!) times she came out. I can see where maybe it would've occasionally been a funny recountin
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Samantha K
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
As a feminine gay boy, to realizing I am actually a girl, Gigi has always been there for me to look up to. She was always living her most authentic life on social media and it exposed me to positive representation of LGBTQ+ people, which led me to realize its okay to be transgender and its okay to live however you want. Reading her book only gave me new insight into her already amazing self. I love you, Gigi!!!
Danny
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve been a bit fan of Gigi’s for a long time now. I watched her YouTube videos religiously, and followed her journey. I was obviously very excited when she announced this book, and looked forward to reading it for awhile now!

Even tho she’s shared so much of her life on YouTube, and with her documentary, I still found myself learning new things about her in this book!

Jay G
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...

*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

This is the autobiography of Gigi Gorgeous, YouTube celebrity and transgender role model.

I've been a fan of Gigi and her YouTube channel for so long now I was super excited when I found out she was writing a book! I loved learning more about her and her transition that I didn't already know. I loved how real
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Nev
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2019, lgbtqiap
I’m not exactly sure who the target audience is for this book. I’m not subscribed to Gigi on YouTube (though I have seen some of her videos here and there) and I haven’t seen her documentary, so I can’t say if this is just rehashing a lot of things she’s already talked about or if it’s filling in the blanks that haven’t been brought up before.

This didn’t go as in depth as I would’ve liked, it doesn’t really feel like a traditional memoir. There’s a focus on having different photo shoots for eac
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Janelle Dazzlepants
This was a really fun insight into Gigi’s life. She’s very honest about family, coming out three times, transitioning, sex, drugs, relationships, and her life in LA. It’s a difficult read at times - particularly with regard to emotional abuse from an ex-boyfriend and Gigi grieving the loss of her mother - but it’s well worth it.

Gigi’s voice really comes through in the writing and you can really tell she penned each word herself. The personality is leaking out of every page! There are also beaut
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Caitlyn
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
As someone who's watched Gigi's videos for years and has followed her whole transition, this book was a fascinating, in-depth look at her life beyond YouTube. I give her credit here - she does not hold back. I also loved the glamour shots that accompanied each chapter. Very Gigi. Can't wait for her self-narrated audiobook! ...more
Kristin
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely listen to this on Audible. It's like one long YouTube video. And I did feel it was a bit long for the actual content or happenings in her life. She is a little young for an autobio but that's not to say I don't want a part 2 in 10-20 years. ...more
julianna_books
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved hearing about Gigi’s life
Amber Washington
Gigi's writing style is refreshingly fun and an entertaining way to tell her story outside of the typical memoir format. At times it really read more like that of a magazine spread than a memoir.

Being a transgender author myself, I immediately connected with her honesty and emotional struggles even though our age difference is significant. Her writing, which will surely get better as she ages, really shows that no matter your situation in life; fame, financial resources, etc.—the struggles we fa
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Lisa
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
They tell you not to judge a book by the cover, but sometimes I do. And this is what drew me to grabbing this book in the bookstore and reading the jacket to read more about it. At a first glance I thought it was Kendra Wilkinson on the cover and because I had read her book, I thought that was maybe a new book by her.

Who is this Gigi Gorgeous girl and what’s her story?

Funny I am from Canada and had not heard of Gigi at all. So when I read she was from Canada that instantly intrigued me. I also
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Teena in Toronto
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
To be honest, I've never heard of Gigi Gorgeous. Apparently she is a YouTuber, socialite, actress and model. What attracted me to the book was that it was about a gay man in Toronto who became transgender who became a lesbian. I thought that would be an interesting story ... and for the most part it was.

Gigi started in life as Gregory, the middle son of three, living in the Toronto area. Even as a young boy, he was attracted to pretty girly things like make-up, nail polish, Barbie Dolls, etc. As
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Meeyeon
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started watching Gigi - formerly known as Greg - on YouTube in late 2008. Despite being a number of years younger, I found Greg's videos to be incredibly hilarious and sincere. As I was a freshman in college watching his videos, I saw Greg as just a kid in high school that was venting his frustrations on YouTube. As the years progressed, and I lost touch with his channel, I found myself wondering "Whatever happened to Greg?"

From time to time as I would check-in on YouTube, I found that he wen
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Kelly Poe
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
So, it's always hard to review a memoir -- you can't exactly review someone's life. But here goes.

First I think it's important to judge a book against what it's trying to be. Gigi clearly wrote this book for her fans, which I sort of count myself among -- I occasionally watch her videos but I did religiously when I was much younger. It's half memoir, half bitchy celebrity book. Bitchy celebrity books have their place!

And it does some of that well. For example, I actually thought the photos thro
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Terri
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an unusual choice of a book for me. This is about a person who named herself Gigi Gorgeous. She was born as Gregory and knew from a very young age that Gregory was really a girl. As time went on, Gregory changed to Gigi supported by her brothers and her parents while growing up in Canada.

Gigi took female hormones and also had female facial reconstruction surgery. She had breast enhancement too. She is living as a woman but never got the complete surgery to change from a man's anatomy to
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Ary Chest
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I don't know if I started watching (at the time Gregory Gorgeous) long enough ago to count as an OG fan. If not, close.

I was pleasantly surprised. This was honest, and less frothy than it comes off as. I enjoyed most of the stories, minus some timeline issues.

However, I do have some major complaints. There were other interesting incidents that were not mentioned. Like the filming of the reality show The Avenue. That was a less savory endeavor, but the truth on it would've been much appreciated
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Amanda Hagerty
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First I want to say that I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. In return for honest review and my thoughts. I want start off saying that was excited when I got email that I won this book. I watch Gigi YouTube videos and follow her on social media as well. Glad that I got to the opportunity to read this book. She really let it all out in this book. I felt myself in tears at times while reading this book and reading her story. When it’s comes to certain parts of her story I can relate about fee ...more
Eva
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was an easy read. It was almost like a magazine in that it had lots of glossy photos of Gigi and advertised the makeup she wore. It felt like she was talking to the reader, she told about her life in a conversational tone. My first impression was that she was very shallow and materialistic but after reading this I see how her values grew out of her needs and insecurities. Gigi openly talked about the mechanics of transitioning as well as how she felt along the journey. Her candor and w ...more
Heather Browning
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
So I should admit upfront that I picked this up having absolutely no idea who the author was, havng never seen any of her videos (and, let's be honest, I probably never will). It all felt a bit like reading the diary of a teen valley girl, and the whole "omg, I'm so extra" vibe was definitely offputting at times, but underneath all that was an endearingly open and honest exploration of the journey of a trans girl finding and embracing her identity. Given the current hostility surrounding the deb ...more
Anna Reising
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adore Gigi, and did before this book. At first I thought it was going to be kind of basic and mostly the same information I knew from her YT videos. BUT WAIT, continue through it. The more you read, the more vulnerable Gigi gets. I love most when she talks about her dating + relationship life. She really pushed me to be comfortable with myself and her story encouraged me to live my most authentic life. I could relate much more than I thought.

If you do follow Gigi on YouTube, I think you'll sti
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Xoey
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
A light read. As someone who doesn’t know a lot about Gigi and who doesn’t watch her videos, I now have a better idea of who she is and what her story is, but the book wasn’t particularly entertaining or humorous. It was a quick read and generally better suited for her fan base or her YouTube audience who does watch her content.
Jodi
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gigi Gorgeous is just that - inside and out! This was a Goodreads giveaway win, and I am so glad I got to read it. It's funny, honest, touching, rowdy, and EXTRA, just like Gigi (who, by the way, is someone I would LOVE to know in real life). Hundo P, if you like your memoirs spiced with humor, drama and just a touch of sadness (just like real life), you will love this book, too! ...more
Angela Fritz
It feels wrong to rate a memoir. This book was entertaining, funny, sad at times, insightful and genuine. I loved how open and honest Gigi is, and I learned a lot about how she grew up to be the woman that she is now. It gave me a lot of insight about gender, sexuality, femininity and what all those mean in our society.
Heather F
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've followed Gigi since her Gregory Gorgeous days, and I was looking forward to this book. It's a memoir about being trans and a lesbian without being a memoir that follows the LGBT memoir script. Much like any Gigi story, this is a little hard to follow and nonlinear but rewarding. ...more
Hayley L
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No shockers!

An easy read. I was prepared for more drama. I know trans women and Gigi seemed to sugar coat a lot. I do admire her strength and honesty. Gigi seems so giving and has a wonderful sense of being and for life. Can't wait to see the videos of the wedding.
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Cecily Kyle
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: wheel-a-thon-iv
I hadn't heard of Gigi before I picked up this book. I just liked the cover and went for it. Definitely an interesting read that is all kinds of extra but makes me want to look up more about her.
Good Read!
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Emma McIsaac
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
The flow is way off, huge gaps in timelines, and she bounces back and forth from one age to another. Also it was poorly edited, as some of the things she says are grammatically incorrect, or just didn’t make sense.
Kirt
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer-writing
This book was interesting, but she writes the same way that she speaks, and it doesn't always work. ...more
Jacquelyn
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Boring~This book was hard to get through. I hated how it was narrated and the content barely kept my interest. I wish I could give it half a star.
Tracy Morton
Cute and fun! Gigi keeps in casual as she addresses her life moving from a "little gay boy" to the queen she became. ...more
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Gigi Gorgeous is a YouTube star, transgender activist, television personality, actress, model and LGBTQ icon. She has nearly 8 million followers across her social platforms and in January 2017, her feature-length documentary “This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous”, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2017, Gigi was named one of Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential People on the Internet” and o ...more

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