When you start roller derby it quickly becomes clear that it's either not for you, or you're going to become obsessed and pursue any media about it relentlessly. Roller Girl did not disappoint. It's a heart warming coming-of-age read, and also an important lesson about dreams and expectations that I was personally grateful for at the beginning of my derby career. It's so heartfelt that I found myself tearing up at scenes, laughing at others, and feeling like I had grown by the end of it.
SAGA is an amazing space-opera-fairy-tale-family-epic that had me hooked right from the beginning. Fiona Staples artwork is not only stellar but perfectly matches the emotion and character of the series. As usual Brian K Vaughan has created fully realized characters that are incredibly defined and full of individuality. I'm not sure if there's an element to this series that I did not enjoy. It's simultaneously full of wonder and heart, but does not shy away from heavy or painful topics. It's just beautiful.
I was so excited for this book the second someone handed my an ARC and told me that it was a queer western heist graphic novel. Stage Dreams does not disappoint, while being fast paced the characters are fleshed out, the story is clear and paced well, and the art hit some notes of transgender representation that I don't think I've ever seen before. It is a fun and exciting read that discusses queer identities without sacrificing plotting or losing any individual characterization.
Nevada is a book I deeply identify. The inner monologue of Maria Griffiths is so eerily close to my own at times that I have to wonder how Imogen Binnie knows me so well. It's a darkly funny tale that is not afraid to spend 60 pages wrestling with a character's inner turmoil, only to call itslef out on the absurdness of it all in the next chapter. I've never felt so seen and so lovingly attacked at the same time.
You would think it would be impossible to write a book that was such a thorough combination of humor, gender/queer theory, heartbreak, warmth, personal experience, information, and sass. To that Jacob Tobia says, "Hold my drink," rolls up their velour sleeves, and gives us this amazing book. They clearly have so much to say and so much energy, but Sissy doesn't feel rushed and is completely absorbing.
As a series of interviews between queer folx outside of the cisgender binary, this book opens up a world of conversation on a topic that I think is simultaneously difficult and necessary to approach. It quietly inspires you to set aside your shame and approach your experiences with honesty and compassion.
A wonderful cast of characters, another great story about identity, and fantastic writing make The Hidden Witch an amazing addition to the Witch Boy series. The handling of emotions, friendship, and family form such a beautifully touching tale.
Jack not Jackie is a really sweet story about acceptance and identity. Told from the perspective of an older sister learning to accept their brother's gender identity, it really captures the love of being in a supportive family.
The Prince and The Dressmaker is a wonderful book that intertwines themes of coming of age, identity, and fashion in such a heartwarming way. The artwork is a wonderful fit to the story and really captures the emotions of the characters.
This book reads like an action mob movie with a flair of magically super powered brawls. It's fast paced, but also well fleshed out. The culture of the Green Bones has a wonderful depth that includes everything from the necessity of these ruling gang families to all the flaws of their pride. It's a well thought out, well written, and fantastically delivered read.
This is one of those amazing books where it hits you so hard and makes your blood pump so fast that you need to take a break to breathe through and process what you just read. Naomi Alderman writes in such a way that you can feel the impact of this power in every ounce of the book. The Power is incredibly well thought out and well written.
Claudia Gray managed to accurately capture the feel of the Star Wars Universe while simultaneously exploring a new perspective that focuses less on heroes, and more on the people that are actually wrapped up in the mess of this intergalactic war. This was the Star Wars book I didn't know I needed. It has sent me down both a spiral of consuming Star Wars novels, and made me a strong fan of Claudia Gray.
I find all of Molly's work fun and engaging. Witch Boy is no different. It's a wonderful graphic novel that takes a fun story and uses that as a vessel to introduce discussion on gender issues and the damages of forcing social norms. Meant for younger readers, but I think would be fun for anyone.
By all accounts this should have been a pretty standard YA novel. Instead it took the tropes and turned them over to discuss things like what defines person-hood, what makes a person good or bad, and how do we stand up for the things we want to fight for. I'm not sure when it happened, but I was pulled in and could not put it down until I was done.
Julia Kaye put the words to the confusing mess of thoughts I have had for a lifetime. I knew from that point this book was going to hit me on a deeply emotional level. Kaye uses her words and highly expressive illustrations to perfectly capture emotions that I've struggled with (and that I thought I was alone in experiencing). In the hour it took me to get through this book I was tearing up, laughing, smiling, sighing, and everything in between. Thank you Julia Kaye, if nothing else you have positively impacted my life by telling your story.
Kameron Hurley creates worlds like no other author. Between the disturbingly one of a kind world building, the wonderfully flawed characters, and the enthralling unreliability of the narrator this book fully absorbed me.
Poet X is a wonderful coming of age novel completely written in verse. It's beautifully written and navigates a wide variety of social roles and expectations. I think it can be summed up in the two lines: And I think about all the things we could be if we were never told our bodies were not built for them.
What an absolutely amazing collection of stories about all aspects of love and so many forms of love. The artwork fits perfectly with the theme and it explores so many aspects of relationships in a beautiful way.
This has got to be one of the most appropriately named books out there. Jason Reynolds has managed to approach all of our insecurities in a way that inspires one to overcome their obstacles. It's beautifully unifying, incredibly heartfelt, and I feel fuller having read it.
Books like this are so important. It simultaneously analyzes the damaging qualities of our gendered language, why pronouns matter, how to support non-binary folx in everyday language, and how to stand up as an ally for your genderqueer pals. It's informative and filled with character. They recommend in the beginning of this book reading it then throwing it at people to inform them. I fully support this.
By the end of the first chapter of Children of Blood and Bone I was completely invested in the story. The world is fleshed out wonderfully and the characters are fully realized in a way that makes them easy to connect to and understand. It's a book that will consume you and pull you along for the magnificent ride
Listen, this book is awesome. The artwork is action packed. It's simply really fun to read. At 30 years old is it too late to say, "when I grow up I want to be her." I think it's important for media to de-gender things as boy interests or girl interests, and this does a great job of just that. Girls like race cars too.
This, to me, is one of those important books that talks to everyone. Everyone should listen. As enlightening as it is emboldening it makes me want to tear down the walls of our gender essentialism and misogyny. I’ve never read a book that so clearly illustrates that moment when a person approaches you on the street and you’re not sure if the violence that’s about to happen is because you’re a woman or because you are trans. Read this.
The first step to being a T-Rex is to be awesome. The other first step to being a T-Rex (too cool for second steps) is to read this book because it will make you even more awesome. You'll laugh, you'll roar, and you'll make your brother jealous with your radical claws.