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Book Review: JERKBAIT by Mia Siegert

Jerkbait by Mia Siegert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

JERKBAIT is a gripping and beautifully written story that starts off strong and doesn’t let go until the final epilogue. Even then, you’ll be in tears, wishing it didn’t end. Mia Siegert granted me a copy of the Audible audiobook, which I highly recommend everyone check out. I loved it so much that I immediately downloaded the Kindle e-book from Amazon.

I’m a huge fan of LGBTQ+ books that aren’t strictly “issue books.” Mia Siegert takes LGBTQ+ themes, brings them to light, but makes the novel about so much more than the issues of homophobia and coming out. JERKBAIT deals with racism, predators, first loves, gay stereotypes, homophobia in sports, targeted bullying, fake friends, parental pressure to succeed, sibling rivalry, and so much more.

I’d been walking unnoticed in Robbie’s flattened path ever since. Those fourteen minutes stayed between us like a wall. Me on the side with the shadow. I didn’t have to think about him except when th…

Book Review: Black Iris by Elliot Wake

Black Iris by Leah Raeder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dear Reader, if you’re searching for a story about a down-and-out little queer girl coming-of-age and blossoming as she discovers her sexuality in college, then look somewhere else. This is not the candy-coated New Adult love story for you. BLACK IRIS isn’t a love story. It’s a revenge story. And it’s about the girl who took charge and got exactly what she wanted. But maybe what she wanted just wasn’t enough.


BLACK IRIS takes place over alternating timelines, which are meticulously crafted to the point of perfection. They switch between Laney Keating’s senior year of high school to her freshman year of college. At college, she meets Blythe McKinney and Armin Farhoudi, two upperclassmen who know the ins and outs of the club scene at Umbra. We see how the trio first meets and how the relationship boundaries are drawn. You’re left questioning throughout the novel if the relationships are real or empty. Do these people care about each other…

Misgendering and Pronouns

I’m going to talk about using various pronouns in writing later. First, let me give a little #ownvoices background as to why being misgendered is painful. It's one of the many reasons why I'm so passionate about correctly identifying people. As always, I can only speak on behalf of my experiences as a cis woman and no one else.

Shocker: I’m sensitive about my name and what I’m called. It’s Dill. No–not Jill. With a D. *heavy sigh* Yes, like the pickle. I’m not Dillan. Not Dylis. Not Delilah (I’ve been asked). It’s just four little letters: D-I-L-L. You can call me Ms. Werner or Mrs. Werner [Redacted Married Name] if we’re in a business setting. When I was sending out queries, I’d always sign off with Ms. Dill Werner. If I didn’t, without fail, I’d get a response to Mr. Werner. It’s like a knife to the heart every time. Ugly little Dill will never be like the other girls, never good enough to feel pretty or feminine.

I do NOT blame the agents. They have a lot to go through and my…

Review: Who Are You?: The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity

Who Are You?: The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a DRC copy of this book from Edelweiss for review. I feel like this book should be marketed more as a discussion guide than a kid's guide because most of it is geared toward the adults having a conversation with the children. There are topics to go over, questions to ask, and answers given. But there are also open-ended questions no one has the answers to. It's a great resource for someone who is looking to open up a discussion with children about the gender spectrum, finding themselves, and for learning about the different terms. It also lists several resources adults and kids can turn to for more information. I'd definitely use this as a jumping-off tool for anyone looking to explain the non-binary gender spectrum to children and to discuss gender identity with a young child.

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