Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia
Published: March 5, 2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Genres: memoir, LGBTQIA+, non fiction
Rating: 5 stars
Recommend to fans of: gender affirming books, reading and learning more about the experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community, memoirs by people with beautiful souls, books with gorgeous covers — can you tell I loved it???
Foodie Vibes: alcohol and dorm food, because college is where you figure things out
From the moment a doctor in Cary, North Carolina put “male” on Jacob Tobia’s birth certificate, everything went wrong. Alongside “male” came many other, far less neutral words: words that carried expectations about who Jacob was and who Jacob should be, like “masculine” and “aggressive” and “cargo shorts” and “SPORTS!”
Naturally sensitive, playful, creative, and glitter-obsessed, as a child Jacob was given the label “sissy.” In the two decades that followed, “sissy” joined forces with “gay,” “trans,” “nonbinary,” and “too-queer-to-function” to become a source of pride, a curse-turned-blessing, a freak-flag hoisted high.
Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story charts those decades, from Jacob’s Methodist childhood to the hallowed halls of Duke University and the portrait-laden parlors of the White House, taking you on a gender odyssey you won’t soon forget. With the snarky voice and wrenching vulnerability that have made them a media sensation, Jacob shatters the long-held notion that people are easily sortable into “men” and “women.” Sissyguarantees that you’ll never think about gender–both other people’s and your own–the same way again.
I won this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you to Goodreads, G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Jacob Tobia for an ARC copy. As always, an honest review from me.
- fun upbeat read – the book put m in such a good mood despite the struggles that they went through
- their experiences navigating college life versus the “real world” as a person who is gender non binary
- The cover: the colors are beautiful and eye catching – makes me smile every time I look at it
- Jacob is telling their story, no matter who cares.
- Celebrates all people in the LGBTQIA+ community, not just those who fall into the typical gender roles
- Their story is real, honest, raw yet is still upbeat because of their AWESOME personality
- Their love and passion for fashion
- They are kind, sassy and a badass!
- The self reflection- especially acknowledging the parts of life that aren’t strictly black or white, good or bad.
- The book was longer. People need to hear more from Jacob and their beautiful soul.
Overall, I cannot say enough great things about this book. You absolutely need to read it!
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Goodreads: Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)