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Gender Queer: A Memoir

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In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia's intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortificat ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Lion Forge
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Emma
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This graphic memoir is very well done and I truly believe that it might be helpful for a lot of people. Here the author explores eir gender identity and how e came to be and understand who e is today. It was nice seeing a nonbinary person represented and also learning about the e, em, eir pronouns.
The illustrations are very good and I also really appreciated how eir family was present throughout
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Ashley Guillory
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant and raw exploration of identity and self. A much needed voice and perspective in the area of gender expression and discussion.
Alexa
I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 hundred stars

While reading this graphic novel, my most common thought was “holy shit”, usually paired with “that’s me!”. It was like the author reached into my brain to pluck out my thoughts, memories and experiences, and turned them into drawings. Only, of course, e was doing the same with eir own memories – which happened to be hauntingly similar to mine. I firmly believe that if I had read this book before I was 18, I woul
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Bruna Miranda
(depois escrevo uma resenha completa, mas tô apaixonada!!)
Jordan Lombard
Title/Author/Artist: Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Genre/sub-genre: Memoir
Book Format: Ebook graphic novel from Netgalley
Length: 240 pages
LGBTQ+ Orientation: Gender Queer/Nonbinary & Asexual
Violence: None
Well written/Editor Needed: Well written
Art/Illustrations: Well done
Would I Recommend?: YES
Personal thoughts: I LOVED this! Mostly because this is me! It’s like someone put me in a book! OMG! I wish there’d been a book like this when I was a kid because it would h
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Melanie Gillman
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeous, sensitive, and honest book. I loved it and absolutely recommend it.
Basma
Rating memoirs can be so hard sometimes because it feels like it's always more than just the writing style.. A person is willingly choosing to share and expose their/eirs lives to the world and their/eirs struggles. There's always this underlying tone of maybe wanting someone out there to not feel alone and isolated, or for having any form of representation, or of teaching someone that things are broad and diverse and that we can go a long with an extra bit of kindness and understanding. Not all ...more
Laura
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maia is not comfortable in the body E was born in. It isn't so much that E wants to become transgender, it is more gender fluid.

And this stark, honest graphic novel memoir chronicles all of Eir struggles. And one of the most important and significant was when E adopted these gender neutral pronouns of E Eir and Em.







E finds that when E is misgendered thought, that it is often to hard to speak up. Even when wearing a button with Eir.

But through it all, there is humor in this memoire, as well of the
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Laura
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Top tier on every level. Maia does wonders of comics and story craft in this clear and raw exploration of eir gender. Highest of recommends!
Skirmish
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, manga-comics
Book Reaction: https://neverhollowed.wordpress.com/2...
Rating: 4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away

I received a copy of Gender Queer: A Memoir from Lion Forge via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Robert
A straightforwardly honest, heartfelt memoir detailing the author's journey from a confused & conflicted state over gender to a confident sense of self. If it were in my power I would assign this to high school classes across the country.
Seema Rao
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Touching ~ Enchanting ~ Honest

tl;dr: People's paths in life are often similar even when terribly different.

Maia Kobabe's memoir is about gender negotiation (like aligning you with the world). It is incredibly honest with scenes of a sexual nature, as they say, but in no way salacious (not that there is anything wrong with that). Maia's journey is personal, truthful, and individual. I want to take nothing from Maia and her emotional/ personal struggles. But, I found this book terribly universal.
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Loredana (Bookinista08)
Thanks are in order to netgalley.

I liked this memoir, but I can only rate it from the perspective of art and text. Had I been more emotionally attached to this subject, I would have most definitely given it a higher rating. Anyway, it was educational for me and I'm glad that Maia had the courage to write this graphic novel. The world needs to understand that people are people, no matter their gender, what they identify as or other such nonsense. The only thing that matters is what they are doin
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Tasha Birckhead
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Your we born this way-Lady Gaga. Very informative, relatable in ways of showing the growing up can be awkward and terrifying but it takes time and being forced into roles for society might not be best for you. This book really helped me with understanding individuality and that we are not all made the same and that's okay. This would be a great add to any queer collection.
Mary Thomas
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I was lucky to read an ARC shared with me by the publisher. What a poignant, fantastic graphic memoir. I have such a deeper understanding of the gender spectrum after reading this book. There is a great balance of information and anecdotes. I wish it had been longer! I will absolutely be adding this to my HS collection in the library and I think it should be in all HS libraries and classrooms. I wish it had been longer! Bravo.
Kelly
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A raw and unflinching memoir with moments of humor.

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia's intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortificatio
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Ije the Devourer of Books

This is an excellent story. I never really understood what it meant to be 'gender queer' but this memoir explores this, and tells the story of a person who finds that e is gender queer and what it means for em.

It is a journey which starts when e is young and then develops as e becomes a teenager and then an adult. As an adult e is able to embrace a non-binary life. E is both asexual and non-binary but has had to discover this.

This book is educational but it is more than that because it is a st
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Molly
This was lovely and wonderful, and would be a great introduction for folks who are not familiar with what it is to be genderqueer. It's a small detail, but I really appreciated Kobabe's inclusion of their grandmother's reaction - as a second-wave feminist, she mentioned that she has a hard time seeing the move toward genderqueerness as a rejection of femininity and another form of misogyny. This is something I have (and do) struggle with as well. While Kobabe doesn't go into the politics surroun ...more
Amanda
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Maia Kobabe's memoir graphic novel is a work of art and would be invaluable on any bookshelf. Kobabe's progress through eir childhood feels so real and relatable. E gives a full depiction of growing up feeling non-binary in a gendered world, and the process of discovering not only eir gender, but eir sexuality (trying to figure out of if e was bisexual, asexual, amongst other labels.) Really palpable and resonant throughout was how deeply Kobabe just wanted the relief of pressure from being one ...more
Heather
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel introduced terms that I was actually unaware of! I'm impressed by this author. I am also thrilled that there is literature now out in the world for young adults to figure themselves out in an easier fashion. Science and terminology has come a long way in explaining why things are as they are.
While I understand that all of these situations, thoughts, feelings, etc. have been around for much longer than we may ever know; I still find it fascinating when literature comes out tha
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Stine Hopsdal
*free copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I'm out of words. I'm just...awed. Awed at what Maia Kobabe dares to share with the world. Awed by the rawness of eir story. Awed by how vulnerable e is making emself by releasing this into the world. And I'm also deeply honoured to have gotten a chance to read this. It feels like I got to see a very private and intimate part of eir brain, thank you for this glimpse.

This comic should be obligatory. Everyone should read this!
Kiri
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

A poignant memoir full of thoughtful insight on growing up and gender identity. The illustrations are wonderful and I was engrossed throughout the whole book. I'd be very happy to add this to our library's collection and hope that our students also connect with it like I did. I also look forward to reading more of Maia's work in the future.
geena ✨
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, graphic-novels
i was provided a digital arc by NetGalley.

wow, i literally couldn't stop reading this. it's the most raw representation of gender identity and sexuality i have came across. i learned so much that i didn't know, and related to so many things as well.

i would totally recommend this book, for anyone, but especially those who are confused about their gender identity and sexuality.
Helen
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A striking, raw and beautiful comics that shows the pain and clarity that come from a gender identity search. An absolute necessary for questioning people of all kinds.
J.D. DeHart
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An important text that makes use of words and images. I would gladly recommend this book for those who want to see the powerful kinds of stories graphic novels can tell.
doubticanpaint
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
#netgalley #genderqueeramemoir
I really loved this book's art style, the clean and relatively flat imagery with a lovely cohesive colour palette made for an extremely visually appealing read. One thing I found particularly frustrating with this text was how jumbled the timeline was, you didn't really know where you were in the author's timeline and the titles above scenes rarely gave clarity (e.g. A scene titled 'First Time I Saw Myself Referred To As E In A Work Email' only referenced the email
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Cynthia
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a 'graphic memoir', as in the same vein of 'graphic novel'.... I like the ease, simplicity, speed of which many of these can be read. The author is a very good artist, & the drawings appropriate & easily understood, along side the memoir. The drawing & memoir is honest, & also graphic in content, in places relating to biology & sex. It's an account of Kobabe's struggle with self identity, & issues surrounding this. I'm glad I read it, I learned something & thi ...more
Nisha
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this graphic memoir by the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I did not know what I was getting myself into when I first decided to read this. As many people are, I was drawn in by the cover, and then intrigued by the synopsis, but I had no idea I about the format. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was a graphic memoir.

I love the message of the story though. About the journey of self discovery Maia went though, embracing em identity a
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Nat Marlin
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Read through a digital galley via Edelweiss)

As I read more and more autobiographical comics about being nonbinary, I think what I find most valuable is seeing someone whose story can be felt in so many others, myself including. There's plenty of specific details in this memoir that make it uniquely Maia's, but the ones that stuck with me most were things I could point to and say, "Hey, I feel that too!" Which, given how small the pool is for nonbinary representation, is huge for nonbinary peopl
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Madison Mega-Mara...: #26 Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe 1 3 Mar 30, 2019 01:57PM  
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Maia Kobabe is a graduate of the Comics MFA program at California College of the Arts. Maia is the author/illustrator of GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR, due out from Lion Forge in May 2019, as well as the short comic Tom o'Bedlam, which was accepted into the 2016 Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Art Annual and nominated for an Ignatz award. Maia Kobabe is non-binary, queer and uses e/em/eir prono ...more