Gender Queer

Phoebe Kobabe, Maia Kobabe

nonfiction comics lgbtqia+ memoir
emotional informative reflective medium-paced

240 pages | first published 2019

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 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 and how to think about it--for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

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reflective 77%
emotional 76%
informative 71%
inspiring 52%
hopeful 42%
challenging 18%
funny 13%
sad 7%
lighthearted 6%
dark 3%
adventurous 2%
relaxing 1%
tense 0%

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medium 40%
slow 6%

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