Rating: 5 out of 5

Juno Dawson spoke at The Story conference this year. I enjoyed hearing her speak and thought she was interesting and would probably read well.

I’m currently taking a Futurelearn course ‘Understanding diversity and inclusion’ and as part of Week one was asked to find out more about an ‘identity’ I didn’t know much about. So I decided to read Juno’s memoir.

As an aside I’d love goodreads to rank my reading based on the identities it covers. Whether its memoirs or fiction I feel I want to expand it to cover more bases. If reading, as I believe, opens the door to multiple life experiences then I’d like to open the door to diverse life experiences and experience a wider world.

The book is well paced, and well broken down. It is pretty sweary so if that offends, look elsewhere. I learned a lot, and have a number of articles queued up to read as a result. It feels honest and answers a lot of questions that I wouldn’t have been brave enough to ask somebody. Obviously it’s one woman’s story and can’t speak for a whole group of people who identify as transgender, or as women, or as people brought up in Yorkshire, who live in Brighton, or any other part of her identity, but I hope a little insight is better than none.

Originally posted to my Goodreads account