Graphic: Rape and Lesbophobia
As a queer woman that grew up in a small town and didn't truly realize this part of me until I had left that small town, this book made me feel incredibly seen in my identity. It also made me laugh out loud several times, which is a difficult thing to do. If you love cringe millenial humor and TSwift, you'll love Jill. Overall, this book was a combination of all the things that make for a great memoir -- vulnerable, honest, tender, inspiring, and unrelentingly funny.
readingbrb's review against another edition
Minor: Outing, Homophobia, and Toxic relationship
aviautonomous's review against another edition
Essentially, this was a book of musings from a queer author about retrospectively gay moments she had as a child and the queer/queer-bait-y media that she consumed during that time. There's a lot of anecdotes and thoughts about the way that Hollywood and the music industry both explicitly and implicitly lay the groundwork for a lot of millennial girl's gay awakenings and you certainly get to know a lot about the author's childhood and her coming out journey, but I wish there had been a bit more discussion about queerness on social media and Twitter (whoops, sorry Elon... i meant ~X~) but contemporary discourse was pretty absent from the book.
I also wish we had learned a bit more about how Jill came to have the jobs and live the lifestyle she had in California and a bit more about the way she's found community online or found the making of a community online difficult despite the seemingly endless queer content creators and queer content online.
Overall this was an enjoyable but not particularly memorable or mind-blowing memoir.
plusbian's review against another edition
This essays had me laughing, googling images and fully immersing myself into lesbian pop culture.
As a pop culture fan, this brought me back to some moments and I got to discover new ones I have never heard about because I grew up in Brazil.
A must read for anyone who wants to knows about lesbian culture and wants a peek behind the curtain while journeying into the soul of Jill Gutowitz.