Comic Book Reviews

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

Gender Queer: A Memoir – Graphic Novel Review

Title: Gender Queer: A Memoir

Author: Maia Kobabe

Genre: graphic novel, LGBT, non-fiction, autobiography, memoir

Release Date: 28 May 2019

Note: I received a copy of this graphic memoir by the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

ABOUT GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR BY MAIA KOBABE

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 and fundamental violation 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. 

MY THOUGHTS

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

I did not know what I was getting myself into when I first decided to read this. As many people are, I was drawn in by the cover, and then intrigued by the synopsis, but I had no idea I about the format. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was a graphic memoir.

One thing that did bothered me was the rapid jump from scene to scene and the lack of flow.

Scenes started and ended very abruptly and moved onto a new scene quicker that I could comprehend the purpose of the previous one.It was almost like a long list of facts about different points of the narrators’ life were being stated on a new page, completely irrelevant to what was mentioned in the previous page. It does not flow very well.

At first I assumed that the target audience for this was children, or young teenagers. It jumps so quickly from point to point, it does not elaborate by fleshing out what is happening to keep the reader hooked. Almost as if the narrator does not want to overwhelm the reader with too many details. It is easy enough for a child or middle schooler to follow, talking about topics like going through puberty. This memoir definitely highlights what society deems to be the appropriate behaviour of a boy and a girl, but it does not have an advanced or complex plot.

After reading the explicit scenes, I re-evaluated my previous assumption that this is a children’s graphic novel. This memoir delved deep into the exploration of sexuality and sensuality, in a way that is informative and thought provoking, but I am definitely not sure who the target audience is supposed to be.

I love how em pushed herself to keep reading and ended up a reader.

FINAL THOUGHTS

There are quite a few elements I really like, some I love, but overall this graphic memoir was not the best. The plot was irregular and the pace and tone were inconsistent. I appreciate and respect the story that is trying to be told, but at points it was hard to stay invested.

I loved the One Direction throwbacks, and the Larry Stylinson (Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ship name) references. It brought back fond memories of my high school days, where I lived and breathed “Fangirl”.


I cannot imagine having to go through the trauma the narrator had to go through. As a cisgender female, I never struggled with accepting myself or felt like I did not belong in my own body. I won’t pretend to understand, but I respect and support Maia. Body and gender dysmorphia is a horrible thing to have to live with. Maia is so brave for putting eir out there. There are many people who don’t understand this, and many who need to see this. Whether that be for themselves or to support a loved one or even a stranger who is struggling with accepting themselves and do not feel comfortable in their own bodies.

This is my first time coming across the Spivak pronoun system. but i am not opposed to trying to integrate this into my vocabulary, or my mindset. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a need for it in my day-to-day reality, but that doesn’t mean i need to forget that it exists.


I love the message of the story though. About the journey of self discovery Maia went though, embracing em identity and gaining the confidence to tell people about how e identifies.

Despite this not being a very good story, it has a very powerful message. It tells attempts to express the narrative that is so often silenced, or ignored. It was great to see Maia embrace eir true self, and true to come to term with who em is.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This graphic memoir is definitely worth a read, the topics that are discussed and the journey Maia goes on is inspiring and informative.

Reminder: Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe will be available on 28 May 2019, be sure to give this a read.

Feel free to have a look at my other reviews on Goodreads: View all my reviews

-Nisha

Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this!

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Book Reviews

The Raven Boys: Book Review

Does The Raven Cycle live up to the hype?

Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

About The Raven Boys (The Raven cycle #1)

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

MY THOUGHTS:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

To be completely honest with you, it was a just an okay read.

It was nice. It was fun. But…

There is so much hype around this series, excitement had been building up for years before I finally had the chance to pick this up and give it a read. I don’t know if my expectation was too high, if this was just an “okay”read or if the hype ruined my experience of the book.

In all honesty, I was very disappointed in this book. The concept and plot are right up my alley, but something was missing. It wasn’t as engaging as I’d hoped it would be. I think the only reason I kept reading was because I was waiting to get to the good part that I was hoping would get me hooked and obsessed with this series. Sadly, that moment never came.

I doubt I’ll read the rest of The Raven Cycle. I want to keep going to see if it gets any better and where it goes, but I can’t make any promises.

I really wish I liked this book. I really, really do.


My rating: 3 of 5 stars (2.5 stars)

Feel free to have a look at my other reviews on Goodreads: View all my reviews

-Nisha

Manga Reviews

Devils Line: Vol 1 – Manga Review

Devils’ line: Vol 1

Hi everybody!

So my first manga review is a bit short, since I did not have much to say, but there will be more to come!

Devils’ Line: Volume 1

Title: Devils’ Line

Author: Ryo Hanada

Genre: fantasy, manga, paranormal, vampires, horror, romance, graphic novel, seinen

ABOUT DEVILS’ LINE Volume 1:

Tsukasa, a college student, is rescued from an attack by a devil, one of many vampires that can blend in among the human population. Anzai, her savior, is a half-devil who exploits his supernatural gifts as a member of a shadowy police task force that specializes in devil-related crime in Tokyo. As Anzai continues to keep guard over Tsukasa, the two quickly forge a tentative bond—one that Anzai fears will test his iron-clad rule of never drinking human blood…

MY THOUGHTS:

Devils’ Line, Vol. 1 by Ryo Hanada

I never finished reading this manga, so I decided to do a reread of the volumes I have already read, as a way to refresh my memory on everything that happened, before I continue.

The first time I read this I thought it was quite exciting, and I couldn’t wait to keep reading to find out what happens next. This time around this was just an okay read. It might be because I already knew what was going to happen, so it wasn’t as exciting.

Either way, I am definitely going to keep reading!

That aside, it was good to see Hans Lee again. I remembered how much I loved him as a character. And I cannot wait to delve deeper into this world and these characters!


My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Feel free to have a look at my other reviews on Goodreads: View all my reviews

-Nisha

Movie Reviews

Captain Marvel: Movie Review

Was Captain marvel a yay or a nay?

Official Captain Marvel Poster

To be honest, I was very skeptical about going to see Captain Marvel, especially because of all the controversy and conflicting opinions about whether this movie was going to be worth it or not. Even after the movie premiered, the conflicting reviews had me worried.

My solution: going into to the cinema with low-to-no expectations. And it worked! I think it’s safe to say, I liked it!

WARNING: Mild (very very mild) spoilers up ahead. You have been warned.

First things first: let’s get the distractions out of the way.

Jude Law as Yonn-Rogg in the MCU

Jude Law.

Handsome as ever and very distracting! No spoilers, but that “plot twist” had me screaming “NO! Not yet! I like him!”

Though, I’m sure he played his role in the MCU, as the Leader of the Starforce, I hope we get to see him again in the future. It would be nice to see how he and Carol interact after the “betrayal”.

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Second:

Goose the Maybe Cat

I love this cat!

It was cute, it was funny and I love how scared the Skrulls were when they first saw Goose. It was hilarious.

I don’t think I’ll ever get over how Fury lost his eye. The way he was so hesitant to pick up Goose after we find out what it really is, was great! I loved it! Again, I hope this isn’t the last we see of Goose the Cat.

my thoughts on Brie Larson as Captain Marvel:

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

I don’t understand all of the criticism and hate surrounding Brie as Carol Danvers.

I’ll admit, she wasn’t my first choice of who I thought should play Captain Marvel, but she did a really good job in convincing me that she was capable of pulling it off.

I had heard complaints about how bland and emotionless she is in the film and how it is hard to connect with her. This couldn’t be further from the truth. She was funny, sarcastic, confused, angry, lost and overall a very likable character. I understood her motivations and was on-board with her trying to figure everything out and wanting to do the right thing. She has a good heart and does not hesitate to do the right thing. She is by not means boring! I am glad that I didn’t listen to all the negative and decided to give her a chance to prove that she was a great choice.

Also, she is absolutely gorgeous.

overall thoughts on marvel’s captain marvel

Captain Marvel fits nicely into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). This might not have been the best movie ever, but it was a fun, enjoyable movie, one that I wouldn’t mind seeing again. It was an engaging movie, that gives us the origin story of a woman that has lost a part of herself, and won’t rest until she finds out who she is and where she belongs.

Once she discovers who she is and breaks away from the Kree, she is unstoppable. She embraces her self, and enjoys being free.

I am excited to see how the Avengers react to her and how they will go about saving the universe together. This movie has answered a lot if questions, not only about Nick Fury, Phil Coulson and the Tesseract, but about S.H.I.E.L.D. as well.

I’d give this movie a solid 7/10.

Overall, seeing this movie was a good experience, and it has got me even more excited for Avengers Endgame.

-Nisha

Introduction Post

Why am I Doing This?

Why am I doing this?

Hi, All!

I’ve been wanting to start a blog, of sorts, for a very long time. I never quite knew how to go about it, but I figured writing this post would be the first step in doing so.

I write what i like

I intend to write about books that I have read, want to read, or books that I most probably will not be finishing. I will be writing reviews, short and long, depending on how much I have to say, and how much I enjoyed or disliked it. I will try to be as honest as possible, even when I don’t want to be. I want this to be a space where I can engage with what i am interested.

I also plan to write updates on what I am reading, or the lack thereof.

Note: I might post about other things, like TV-shows, or movies, but I’m mostly here for bookish reasons.

I really look forward to this journey and I’m excited to see where it goes.

-Nisha