REVIEW: This Book Is Gay

September 10, 2014

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James Dawson

When James Dawson was a teenager the very last thing he would ever have believed is that he would one day be proud and happy to be gay. But he is, both.  And that’s why James has written his latest non-fiction book; This Book Is Gay.

As a 15-year-old, teen author (and current Queen of Teen) James Dawson was fearful and ashamed of being gay and so hid his sexuality. Now he’s written This Book Is Gay – for all those teenagers who are hiding and anyone else whatever their gender or sexuality

Dawson has written a few books for teens, this is his first non fiction books, you can see the rest of his output on his website here:


PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it’s like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know – from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more. It’s an honest book from someone who’s been there and like most of us eventually learned to love himself, celebrate his life and identify all the softly spoken, whispered crap we are fed as younger LGBT people and THROW IT OUT, replacing it with healthy, honest opinions and facts which only serve to develop self-worth and nurture confidence.

Spike Gerrell’s delightfully funny illustrations combined with Dawson’s amusing and factual text make this a must-read and the book is a wonderful thing. If you know someone younger who might be in some distress about their choices in life, whether LGB or T or Hetro then this book can only be of help.

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The fact that it’s a warm and humorous read only makes it more fun. Hot Key – the publishers have also knocked together a free very gay playlist to listen to while you read it, check it out here:

Dawson will guide anybody who is questioning their own sexuality through their questions, worries, and anxieties, with lots of anecdotes to show that whatever you are feeling, whatever you are going through, you are in all likelihood not on your own… Recommended

Out now £7.99

Other formats available

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