Maia Kobabe (Goodreads Author) (Author, Illustrator), Phoebe Kobabe (Goodreads Author) (Colorist)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity-what it means.Goodreads.com
I have never come across a book that so closely captured the feeling of dysphoria that I felt growing up. Mine was caused by different things, but much of how I dealt with it is mirrored in portions of this graphic novel.
I invented and named a lost male twin who had always felt like he should be a girl. If I could just find him we would both finally feel like whole complete people.Gender Queer, Maia Kobabe
This book is an amazing read and so honest and open. I didn’t know it, but I needed to read it. I picked it up out of curiosity, thinking I may learn something. I didn’t expect to get so much out of it, though.