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Dee Reviews | Rogue: Untouched and This Book Is Gay

Oooh, look who is coming to you with a slightly different looking post. This layout is just a quick test to see how the pictures look in the post. If I don’t like them, then I’ll probably just take the pictures the way I have been doing. As the title suggests, Netgalley finally gave me some upcoming books to review! I was beginning to think no-one liked me. Haha!

This month I reviewed Rogue: Untouched by Alisa Kwitney and This Book Is Gay (new updated version) by Juno Dawson! Two completely different books but both I was super excited to read! The first because I’ve previously read and review Domino Strays and the second because my local library still had the book under ‘James’. Only fair I read under the correct name!

Hope you enjoy these mini reviews and let me know if you want more in future!

UK Paperback: 22nd July 2021

Plot

Young Rogue’s life sucks: she lives alone in an abandoned cabin, works a terrible diner job and hides from everyone. The powers she has started to develop are terrifying her. When your first kiss almost kills the guy, it’s hard to trust anyone – even yourself. Then two people arrive in town who could change her life, and she finally gets a choice: follow a mysterious billionaire who says she’s scouting for gifted interns, or the handsome card shark with eerie red eyes. Except they’re not the only ones watching her… Rogue will have to trust in herself and accept the powers she’s trying to suppress to decide her own fate – before someone else does.

Review

If there’s anyone that adored watching the original X-Men animated series or the older X-Men films, then you will have discovered the incredible Anna Marie LeBeau aka Rogue! She was always such a sassy lady but her life was super sad too! The fact that she was always too scared to touch anyone or kiss them.

As you can guess from the plot, Rogue Untouched is basically a prequel to everything that we know about Rogue. She’s a teenager in a quiet Mississippi town, trying to make ends meet through her waitress job and praying that her 1986 pickup truck (called Willie) starts! She never would have guessed who would turn up in her life!

If you know the whole X-Men story, then you will probably have already guessed who the ‘handsome card shark’ is! Let’s just say that he’s just as suave and a magnet for trouble as he always has been! We get to see a whole bunch of people that we recognise and some new faces that we meet along the way. Marie’s journey to the lady we know is bumpy, deadly and chaotic but I loved it!! You never knew what was going to happen next and it definitely left me wanting to re-read it all over again.

If you love Marvel and X-Men, you need to read this!

 

Synopsis

A funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious – for everybody, no matter their gender or sexuality Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author Juno 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. Spike Gerrell’s hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must-read.

Review

You’re probably looking at this book and thinking ‘Er…Daisy? This has been out for years now! Why are you including it?’. Well, there’s a good reason. This Book Is Gay was originally released back in 2014 and in 2015 she came out as a transgender woman. Her old book was under her deadname ‘James’. Even my old library has that copy. I wanted to see it with the new updated cover.

Juno is such an incredible writer and even won an award last year for her book Meat Market!

This book is definitely more non-fiction than her other books and does exactly what the synopsis suggests. It gives a really interesting look into different elements of the LGBTQ+ community! Juno, if you ever read this mini review, I had to skip Chapter 9 about gay sex because I’m ace and couldn’t get myself to read!

The rest of the book is hilarious yet informative in a way that will really help any age who is questioning themselves and help them engage too! You get to learn through some of Juno’s own personal experiences growing up and discovering who she really was. Spike Gerrel’s brilliant illustrations add to the humour too!

If you know anyone, whether young or old, who has recently come out or is just curious about the community, tell them to read this!

What books have you been reading this May?

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Fadima Mooneira
    25th May 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Book no.1 is definitely on my street. Would like to check it out. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    Charity
    26th May 2021 at 12:52 am

    Thanks for sharing your review of these books!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    26th May 2021 at 9:09 am

    I’ve not come across either of these books but the Rogue one is definitely up my street – and I do like the card shark (no spoilers here) so that’s going on my TBR list, thank you!

  • Reply
    Corinne
    28th May 2021 at 10:48 am

    This book is gay sounds great. I love the catchy and bright title! I love learning through others experience to help me understand others a bit more!

    Cornne x

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