cover of This Book is Gay by James Dawson

This Book is Gay by James (or Juno) Dawson

Book Review:  A book for parents and teens about what same-sex attarction can mean.

Book Review

This Book is so Gay by James Dawson is an introductory book for parents and teens who want to understand what being gay (or same-sex attracted) might mean.

Now, I am reviewing this book as a heterosexual female (ie I am sexually attracted to males) and I am also looking at it as a resource for teenagers and parents. So  I won't be looking at it from a LGBTQI perspective or getting into the nitty-gritty of how accurate it is.

I think that this is a great book for a parent who might have a child that is identifying as being gay or same-sex attracted. Or who just wants to know more about same-sex attraction and relationships. It provides a very light and casual overview of being gay and answers a lot of questions in regards to coming out, homosexuality and religion,  stereotypes, what gay sex is all about, discrimination, knowing if you are gay, jargon, and much more. All with a positive message that it is okay to be different and that you can make your own decisions about what to do with same-sex attraction. It's also a really good book for parents in order to understand what their kids go through and to gain more insight.

The information is very simplified, which means that a lot of information hasn't been included. This book doesn't get into too much detail but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. A light book that provides you with an overview of  being gay can be a good thing, especially if you don't know a lot to start with! You won't be easily overwhelmed with too much information with this book!

For teens who might be questioning their sexuality, it provides a lot of great information for young people questioning or discovering their sexuality.

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Ideal ages

This Book is so Gay by James Dawson is ideal for kids from the ages of 13 and over.

Buy a copy

You can buy a copy of This Book is so Gay by James Dawson from Amazon or Book Depository.

You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.

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About the Author Cath Hakanson

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