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Here and Queer is a helpful, friendly guide full of support and advice about living your best queer life, written for girls.  This vibrant, inclusive guide, designed for all kinds of girls, is designed to help you be the strongest, proudest, happiest version of yourself! A celebration of the gift of queerness, it's packed full of heartfelt advice, comforting stories, and st Here and Queer is a helpful, friendly guide full of support and advice about living your best queer life, written for girls.  This vibrant, inclusive guide, designed for all kinds of girls, is designed to help you be the strongest, proudest, happiest version of yourself! A celebration of the gift of queerness, it's packed full of heartfelt advice, comforting stories, and stylish illustrations, and will give you the tools you need to explore your own identity, on your own terms. Author and YouTuber Rowan Ellis uses her personal experience to take you through queer life, from coming out and dealing with tough stuff, right through to finding friendships and celebrating Pride. There are also brilliant guest essays from contributors across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. The book opens with guidance on understanding how you feel as a queer girl. From choosing your pronouns to navigating different labels and identities, Ellis helps girls understand that they are in control of their own identity, and that it's ok to not be sure straight away. Moving onto a glossary of queer terms, Here and Queer helps introduce girls to the rainbow of definitions and terms which help queer people understand who they are and how they feel. The book then moves onto advice on coming out, for many one of the hardest steps to take on their journey to truly living their best lives. Following are chapters on sex and romance, including helpful advice about your first time, as well as guides on consent and knowing how to make sure you build a healthy and supportive relationship with your partner. There are also sections on dealing with bullies and stigma, finding your community, and looking after your mental health, including advice on how to help you find extra support if you need it. The book also has more information on queer ladies in history, and on the fight for equality undertaken by brave activists throughout history and today. Stylishly designed with cool illustrations, this helpful, friendly guide will help all queer girls navigate the challenges of discovering and embracing their identities and flourishing in their own skins!


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Here and Queer is a helpful, friendly guide full of support and advice about living your best queer life, written for girls.  This vibrant, inclusive guide, designed for all kinds of girls, is designed to help you be the strongest, proudest, happiest version of yourself! A celebration of the gift of queerness, it's packed full of heartfelt advice, comforting stories, and st Here and Queer is a helpful, friendly guide full of support and advice about living your best queer life, written for girls.  This vibrant, inclusive guide, designed for all kinds of girls, is designed to help you be the strongest, proudest, happiest version of yourself! A celebration of the gift of queerness, it's packed full of heartfelt advice, comforting stories, and stylish illustrations, and will give you the tools you need to explore your own identity, on your own terms. Author and YouTuber Rowan Ellis uses her personal experience to take you through queer life, from coming out and dealing with tough stuff, right through to finding friendships and celebrating Pride. There are also brilliant guest essays from contributors across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. The book opens with guidance on understanding how you feel as a queer girl. From choosing your pronouns to navigating different labels and identities, Ellis helps girls understand that they are in control of their own identity, and that it's ok to not be sure straight away. Moving onto a glossary of queer terms, Here and Queer helps introduce girls to the rainbow of definitions and terms which help queer people understand who they are and how they feel. The book then moves onto advice on coming out, for many one of the hardest steps to take on their journey to truly living their best lives. Following are chapters on sex and romance, including helpful advice about your first time, as well as guides on consent and knowing how to make sure you build a healthy and supportive relationship with your partner. There are also sections on dealing with bullies and stigma, finding your community, and looking after your mental health, including advice on how to help you find extra support if you need it. The book also has more information on queer ladies in history, and on the fight for equality undertaken by brave activists throughout history and today. Stylishly designed with cool illustrations, this helpful, friendly guide will help all queer girls navigate the challenges of discovering and embracing their identities and flourishing in their own skins!

30 review for Here and Queer: A Queer Girl's Guide to Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alice Oseman

    A joyous, comprehensive, and inclusive exploration of queerness, with gorgeous illustrations too. Thoughtful and celebratory, and featuring a range of perspectives, this book will help so many people of all ages who are questioning their sexuality.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joel Rochester

    Here and Queer is a comforting, comprehensive, inclusive and most importantly, intersectional guide to aid queer girls in the discovery, exploration and affirmation of their identities — combined with stunning illustrations by Jacky Sheridan. Rowan put it best on one of her IG stories, this book's audience is focused and not exclusionary and whilst I, myself, am not a queer girl, I found myself learning a lot more than I realised. I cannot wait to see this book out in the world! Here and Queer is a comforting, comprehensive, inclusive and most importantly, intersectional guide to aid queer girls in the discovery, exploration and affirmation of their identities — combined with stunning illustrations by Jacky Sheridan. Rowan put it best on one of her IG stories, this book's audience is focused and not exclusionary and whilst I, myself, am not a queer girl, I found myself learning a lot more than I realised. I cannot wait to see this book out in the world!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    I love this title. Rowan Ellis has written a book that I would have loved as a teenager. It is meant to help enable you answer important questions about your identity and sexuality, and it does exactly that. Among other things Ellis writes about dating, mental health, sex, friendships, self-expression, bullying, and more. This is maybe what you might find in other books as well. However, Rowan Ellis uses a very positive approach that helps validate the reader, to give them the message that they I love this title. Rowan Ellis has written a book that I would have loved as a teenager. It is meant to help enable you answer important questions about your identity and sexuality, and it does exactly that. Among other things Ellis writes about dating, mental health, sex, friendships, self-expression, bullying, and more. This is maybe what you might find in other books as well. However, Rowan Ellis uses a very positive approach that helps validate the reader, to give them the message that they are just as wonderful as everybody else. She is very supportive and encourages questioning and queer readers to live their lives because it is absolutely worth it. I love books that talk truths, and believe that especially questioning or queer kids and young adults need support to find their own way. That’s why I am always on the lookout for these rare gems. This is definitely one of them. 5 out of 5 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    World, do yourself a favour. Gift this book to someone younger you love. It's definitely worth it! An amazing compilation of well-informed explanations and illustrations regarding gender and sexuality meant for young readers and beginners. Even the adults would definitely need this guidebook because honestly speaking we don't usually go for the bland looking non-fiction books even when it would explain things way better or otherwise. The illustrations are so eye-popping and so well done. Perfect! World, do yourself a favour. Gift this book to someone younger you love. It's definitely worth it! An amazing compilation of well-informed explanations and illustrations regarding gender and sexuality meant for young readers and beginners. Even the adults would definitely need this guidebook because honestly speaking we don't usually go for the bland looking non-fiction books even when it would explain things way better or otherwise. The illustrations are so eye-popping and so well done. Perfect! And the presentation like a colourful graphic novel gives all the perfect vibes for the youngsters to pick up this book. The information provided will teach the reader about the various stereotypes, the misconceptions as well as the taboos that are related to sexuality. I need a copy. Thank you, Quarto Publishing Group Frances Lincoln Children's Books, for the advance review copy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danika at The Lesbrary

    It was interested to read this book at about twice its target demographic, because it made me reflect back on how I learned this sort of information when I was a teen. This is a YA nonfiction book introducing queer girls to the basics of what it means to be a queer girl (or think you might be one). My first impression after finishing it was that it didn’t offer a lot that was new, but then I realized that a) it is likely new to the queer teens reading it and b) that I guess there haven’t really It was interested to read this book at about twice its target demographic, because it made me reflect back on how I learned this sort of information when I was a teen. This is a YA nonfiction book introducing queer girls to the basics of what it means to be a queer girl (or think you might be one). My first impression after finishing it was that it didn’t offer a lot that was new, but then I realized that a) it is likely new to the queer teens reading it and b) that I guess there haven’t really been self help books specifically for queer teen girls before! It feels like that should have happened by now, but I can’t think of any. I think the concept of this book is strong, but it didn’t live up to what I wanted from it. Then again, I’m not a teen queer girl, and I am glad that a book exists specifically for their questions, even if the answers aren’t exactly what I’d like to see. It is trans-inclusive and also addresses questioning your gender, which is great! Full review at the Lesbrary.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rowan Ellis

    So excited for this to be out in the world this May! Here & Queer includes sections on relationships, community, history, sex, activism, queer friendship and more - as well as guest essays and a list of resources and media to check out after you've read the book :) So excited for this to be out in the world this May! Here & Queer includes sections on relationships, community, history, sex, activism, queer friendship and more - as well as guest essays and a list of resources and media to check out after you've read the book :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nev

    I’ve loved Rowan Ellis’ YouTube videos for years, so I was really excited to learn that she was writing an informational guide for queer girls. This is the type of book I wish I could’ve read back when I was a teenager. It covers so many topics like coming out, different labels, activism, sex, consent, and the history of pride and queer women throughout the years It’s written in a really easy to read way and the illustrations by Jacky Sheridan added a lot of charm. I appreciated how inclusive th I’ve loved Rowan Ellis’ YouTube videos for years, so I was really excited to learn that she was writing an informational guide for queer girls. This is the type of book I wish I could’ve read back when I was a teenager. It covers so many topics like coming out, different labels, activism, sex, consent, and the history of pride and queer women throughout the years It’s written in a really easy to read way and the illustrations by Jacky Sheridan added a lot of charm. I appreciated how inclusive the book is, it includes trans girls and makes it clear that it’s not just a guide for cis girls. There are also a couple guest essays that cover topics like disability, religion, and more. The book covers a lot of ground, but being that it’s under 200 pages there are some parts that feel glossed over. Like, when talking about sex muffing is brought up, explaining that it’s digital penetration/stimulation of the inguinal canals. But the book doesn’t describe what the inguinal canals actually are or safe practices for that particular act. Also dental dams only get one sentence. It just seems like these are things that maybe younger readers won’t already have knowledge about but the book isn’t giving them the full picture. But overall I think this is a really valuable book and will help out so many people. Thank you to the publisher for providing an advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    patri

    I've been a fan of Rowan Ellis' videos for a while now, and I adored how much her very identifiable voice and style shone through in Here and Queer. my immeasurable respect for the author aside, this book made my heart so happy as an individual who can identify with much of the book's themes and focal topics, but infinitely more so with the realization as I went on that teens today have access to such a vibrantly inclusive, infinitely validating and broadly informative resource, with all the faw I've been a fan of Rowan Ellis' videos for a while now, and I adored how much her very identifiable voice and style shone through in Here and Queer. my immeasurable respect for the author aside, this book made my heart so happy as an individual who can identify with much of the book's themes and focal topics, but infinitely more so with the realization as I went on that teens today have access to such a vibrantly inclusive, infinitely validating and broadly informative resource, with all the fawn-worthy illustrations, mega-relatable references and fantastic input from internet activists it boasts. it might seem trite but is worth repeating that a book so freshly and irresistibly resonant with its intended audience - and the respectful way it leaves ample room for the flux and fluidity of feelings and identities - was barely imaginable just a short time ago, and I really hope it'll help teens today find the advice they're hunting for and figure out the stuff they need to with fewer hiccups and more mettle than those who have come before them with the aid of the fantastic reserve of books such as Here and Queer now available to them. thank you to NetGalley and Frances Lincoln Children's Books for kindly passing on this ARC! 💫

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    This was a joy to dive into! I've been consuming Rowan's videos for some years now, and I've always admired how articulate she is in delivering complex ideas and her honesty. As soon as I saw she was being published, I didn't blink twice before deciding to support her work. Of course, like many have mentioned, it didn't hurt that this is like a juicy treat for LGBTIQ+ people -with an emphasis on queer girls/teens- and many of us would have LOVED to see this in our local library or bookshop in our This was a joy to dive into! I've been consuming Rowan's videos for some years now, and I've always admired how articulate she is in delivering complex ideas and her honesty. As soon as I saw she was being published, I didn't blink twice before deciding to support her work. Of course, like many have mentioned, it didn't hurt that this is like a juicy treat for LGBTIQ+ people -with an emphasis on queer girls/teens- and many of us would have LOVED to see this in our local library or bookshop in our teenage years. This has been a five star read for me cause it delivers what it promises, nothing less than that (and I'd say even a little more than expected). It has glimpses that read as an author memoir, too, and that made it even more personal. Goes to show how much of herself Rowan has poured in here. I'll just underline some key aspects of it that I enjoyed: 🔻 validating: knowing about different queer experiences -you can find up to four essays spread out through this guide from diverse voices invited as contributors (Hafsa, Maz, Mikaela & Annie)-, not just Rowan's, and her constantly reminding you that sometimes it's just her perspective or opinion as a white queer woman feels so important. 🔻 there's something in here for everyone, a genuine effort has been put into making it as inclusive and intersectional as possible. And it's been done with so much care, as expected. It's well-aimed at queer girls but I think queer people in general or anyone curious about this compendium of LGBTQ+ knowledge would find it interesting enough (especially questioning folks). Worth noting that disabled people are pivotal in this book and I even learned something about ambulatory wheelchair users, so thank you, Annie, for your contribution piece and shedding some light into the matter and making people feel seen with your activism and existence. My thanks extend to Maz, Hafsa and Mikaela, too. 🔻 colorful eye candy: thanks in no small part to Jacky Sheridan, who did an amazing work at illustrating every page and make it a feast for the eyes, in my opinion, one of the things that pulled my attention to this little book. 🔻 it's not completely exhaustive, but does a darn good job at covering every issue that could concern a queer girl, ranging from mental health, to finding community in a realistic yet positive way, seeing yourself, dealing with the tough bits, etc. It's to be praised how Rowan & co. managed to fit so much vital information in here! And if a baby queer or anyone who finds themselves reading this, for that matter, would like to expand on that knowledge, it's always commendable to do so, obviously! 🔻 impactful: I have never seen something like this, ever! it's just what I would have loved to have as a baby queer (no, that doesn't have anything to do with your age) and, honestly, it doesn't feel that basic to me. Yes, it's stuff I'm 90% familiar with but the way it's presented in here is so well thought-out, so tidy and neat, so thorough. Not just the parts about LGBT+ history but also diverse perspectives and the organization + presentation of facts. 🔻 it's celebratory, without shying away from the difficult parts. 🔻 closure: I really like how it wrapped up, the structure made a lot of sense to me, and the nerd in me rejoiced at finding some thinking points aka writing prompts that could even make their way into a review of the book or as journal entries. Also, especially helpful to find some helplines and NGOs linked at the end, as well as some more extensive reading/watching, never losing focus of its intended readers. As a final note, it goes without saying but I'll say it anyway: I hope this will pave the way for more genuine and comforting queer "roadmaps" and guides available in all languages and to anyone who might be in need of them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angie Bridget

    This is the ultimate guide for teens to learn about gender and sexuality in a non-judgemental, factual and healthy way no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity may be. The book is comprised of 3 parts which including information related to: coming out, relationships (including sex), and finding/joining the LGBTQ community. The book is filled with terminology and definitions, straight forward explanations, as well as debunked myths and clarity around stereotypes or common misinf This is the ultimate guide for teens to learn about gender and sexuality in a non-judgemental, factual and healthy way no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity may be. The book is comprised of 3 parts which including information related to: coming out, relationships (including sex), and finding/joining the LGBTQ community. The book is filled with terminology and definitions, straight forward explanations, as well as debunked myths and clarity around stereotypes or common misinformation. I think this is a wonderful book for teens who are curious or questioning their gender identity or sexual preferences, and want to know more. I think that any teen would benefit from the information in this book (I'm sure adults could too to be honest!) but I think it is aimed at teen girls who identify as queer. The information about sex is pretty standard for teen books of this kind, with explanations of terms and clear statements about consent and peer pressure. I would recommend this book for teens, and potentially preteens but would recommend them reading with supervision or at least an adult who is aware of the content and whom they could ask questions to. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aastha Chabhadiya

    "They tell us about fear and suffering, isolation, and loss. I don’t ever want to deny the experiences of people in out community who go through these things. But I think it’s so vital to talk about what a joyous and wonderful experience being queer is." As a 19y/o queer girl, this book is so resourceful. Almost every question you might have as a young queer person is answered here. With accounts by a few queer people which are as authentic as they could get. It addresses issues you might have or "They tell us about fear and suffering, isolation, and loss. I don’t ever want to deny the experiences of people in out community who go through these things. But I think it’s so vital to talk about what a joyous and wonderful experience being queer is." As a 19y/o queer girl, this book is so resourceful. Almost every question you might have as a young queer person is answered here. With accounts by a few queer people which are as authentic as they could get. It addresses issues you might have or will ever face. This book is not just for cis girls. It's for EVERYONE. I learnt so much about myself and our community as a whole. I'll dive into all the book/movie/show suggestions given in the book. Thank you Netgalley and Rowan Ellis for giving me this ARC.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caffeinated Fae

    I know this isn't my typical type of book, but when I saw this book offered on Amazon Vine, I knew I needed to pick it up. When I grew up in the 90's & 2000's books like this didn't exist (that I know of), but I'm glad that the next generation can go into a bookstore and find an LGBTQ+ affirming book to help them through the rough parts of life. This book is exactly what I would have loved my younger self to read. Heck, I probably wouldn't have hid in the closet for 31 years if I had a book that I know this isn't my typical type of book, but when I saw this book offered on Amazon Vine, I knew I needed to pick it up. When I grew up in the 90's & 2000's books like this didn't exist (that I know of), but I'm glad that the next generation can go into a bookstore and find an LGBTQ+ affirming book to help them through the rough parts of life. This book is exactly what I would have loved my younger self to read. Heck, I probably wouldn't have hid in the closet for 31 years if I had a book that talked openly and joyfully about being LGBTQ+. This book has everything you could want, from dealing with bullies to finding the community and a small section on consent and when you're ready to go all the way in a relationship and how to do it safely. This is a great book that deals with more challenging topics (bullying, homophobia, etc.) but also has joy and love in it. This is not full of tragic stories but still tells (age-appropriate) history without trauma dumping. Being Gay in our world can be terrifying, so I was happy that this book celebrates the joy of being gay.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ilv

    With adorable illustrations and an uplifting tone, this book provides a positive and educational introduction for every sapphic reader (especially teens) to sapphic and queer women’s culture. Personal anecdotes between the more serious chapters seem to lighten the mood as well as spirits! This should be present in every school library to help young queer women and the people around them understand themselves and each other better. Thank you, NetGalley and Rowan Ellis for providing me with an ARC With adorable illustrations and an uplifting tone, this book provides a positive and educational introduction for every sapphic reader (especially teens) to sapphic and queer women’s culture. Personal anecdotes between the more serious chapters seem to lighten the mood as well as spirits! This should be present in every school library to help young queer women and the people around them understand themselves and each other better. Thank you, NetGalley and Rowan Ellis for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    kaiti c

    This is an A M A Z I N G resource for kids & teens to help really answer some of the big questions they might be having! I feel as if the author did a remarkable job at hitting all the key aspects that a reader of that age group might be wondering about when it comes to how they identify. This is a book that I am looking forward to seeing all shelves everywhere because this is the type of books & informational texts we need to be putting out there!

  15. 5 out of 5

    sophia

    EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!! whether your queer or straight this book taught me so much! i am so grateful for the information and acceptance i gained from reading, one of my all time favourite non fictions! which non fictions i usually get bored with but the illustrations and how they wrote this book hooked me!!! if you get the chance i HIGHLY recommend. 🏳️‍🌈

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bex

    such an important book which i wish i had read way sooner. absolutely loved the illustrations they were so wholesome and inclusive which i really appreciated

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nathalie

    This guide is very informative and covers the fun parts about coming out but also the difficult parts. It deals with exploring your identity by covering all parts of the rainbow. I really enjoyed reading it even though I have been out for decades. It's full of colorfol drawings and focuses on becoming happy with your true self. Even if that means others will disapprove. It also deals with sexuality and bullying and how to deal with it. A very informative guide that will hopefully help people fin This guide is very informative and covers the fun parts about coming out but also the difficult parts. It deals with exploring your identity by covering all parts of the rainbow. I really enjoyed reading it even though I have been out for decades. It's full of colorfol drawings and focuses on becoming happy with your true self. Even if that means others will disapprove. It also deals with sexuality and bullying and how to deal with it. A very informative guide that will hopefully help people find their way to themselves, acceptance and happiness. An arc was provided to me by the publisher in return of an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elisa Bear

    A digital copy of this book was provided by NetGalley This book is perfect for teens, not only the ones that are or could be queer, it helps to create awereness of the ups and downs that LGTBT+ community lives everyday. As for the queer kids this book gives them a lovely mesage: "you are not alone and you can be happy been who you are". A digital copy of this book was provided by NetGalley This book is perfect for teens, not only the ones that are or could be queer, it helps to create awereness of the ups and downs that LGTBT+ community lives everyday. As for the queer kids this book gives them a lovely mesage: "you are not alone and you can be happy been who you are".

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    „Here and Queer“ is the book I wish I had when I was younger and struggling with my sexuality. I loved every single part of this book but my favorite part is probably the introduction because it includes a lot of important things and aspects! The book deals with different kinds of sexualities but also with other important topics like consent and queer history. I already knew a lot of things but I also learned a lot of new things I didn’t knew before. The lengths of the different texts made it rea „Here and Queer“ is the book I wish I had when I was younger and struggling with my sexuality. I loved every single part of this book but my favorite part is probably the introduction because it includes a lot of important things and aspects! The book deals with different kinds of sexualities but also with other important topics like consent and queer history. I already knew a lot of things but I also learned a lot of new things I didn’t knew before. The lengths of the different texts made it really easy to understand everything and the bright and colorful drawings made the whole book even more fun to read. Of course not every sexuality and every historic event was covered but this book covered a lot of very important ones and if that’s not enough or you want to know more about specific events/sexualities you can still look them up! This book is not just for queer teen girls but also for the straight best friends who wants to learn more about sexualities. I would recommend this book to everyone who’s interested to learn new things! Thank you to NetGalley, Rowan Ellis and the Quarto Publishing Group for this EARC!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caoilo

    A masive thank you to both Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books and NetGalley for an e-ARC for review. This is a book created to educate young girls on the life and experiences of lesbian/queer girls and women. Not only does it approach questions such as am I gay but it also teaches the reader about support, ally-ship and sex. Though this work seems directed at Queer girls, it doesn't seem to me to have a true gender or sexual orientation demographic. As a 35 year old, who A masive thank you to both Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books and NetGalley for an e-ARC for review. This is a book created to educate young girls on the life and experiences of lesbian/queer girls and women. Not only does it approach questions such as am I gay but it also teaches the reader about support, ally-ship and sex. Though this work seems directed at Queer girls, it doesn't seem to me to have a true gender or sexual orientation demographic. As a 35 year old, who has only been out as Pansexual the past two years, I found this book interesting and even learned from it. I think this book could be for a lot of people, parents of Queer kids, even Queer boys. Anyone who would read this could learn so much about Queer girls and women. It maybe that it could bring couples together especially if one is Queer and the other is not. Perhaps if parents of Queer children read something like this they would be more understanding and less likely to disown their children. (Not my personal experience but something I am very aware of.) People often over react to things they are not familiar with and I think something like this could really help. The life experience stories were a great aspect of this book. It is easy to just give advice, but when a reader can see why and were from, that has real impact. Each of the stories had something I could I identify with, other than queerness, like Maz's love of Linkin Park and poetry. On a personal note, as someone who is Pan, plus size and is disabled I was touched to read Annie's story. Though they not only suffer with peoples ablisim, fat shaming, and homophobia (?), they also have to deal with racism (which I don't) and how they manage to deal with that is so graceful, which they don't owe anyone. I would have liked to know each persons preferred pronouns. unfortunately, there are some issues for me with it being considered Children's nonfiction. Firstly I think it should be in the YA section. The language is too advanced for children and there is a lot of information to take in. I would like to see a more basic and scaled back version for children. After all, unfortunately the basic idea of Queerness is something a lot of children have not been thought. I think chapter one may have been shocking to some kids. (Growing up in Ireland in the 90's we had nothing like this as the country was practically run by the church. Perhaps if we had something even half of this book, things may have been different.) I don't want to say that it should only be read by children X age but I think it is very detailed for any child I would say was under 10. Again I think it should be in the YA Genre. This should really be a series in my opinion. The Parents of Queer Children, which could explore how the parents dealt with their kids coming out, Queer boys which could approach being Bi , Gender-fluid ect from their perspective. Even a book on how to be a positive Queer BFF, even similar books on any of the letters from the community. I would definitely read them all. Jacky Sheridan's art was the cheery on top. Their bright and emotional art really strung Rowan Ellis's words together throughout the book. I felt some of the pieces of art and text would make amazing art prints. Deducted one star because I believe it's in the wrong genre but still loved it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Novel Obsession

    3.5 stars Here and Queer is a new, very short book by Rowan Ellis. It’s bright. It’s loud. It’s a good beginning primer. Let me preface this by saying that the information presented in the book is good, if nothing new from other books on the subject. It’s brevity is a double-edged sword. For someone just starting out learning about queer terminology, this isn’t a bad place to start. For someone wanting more than just very bare information, it won’t fill the need. It doesn’t seem like a “guide to 3.5 stars Here and Queer is a new, very short book by Rowan Ellis. It’s bright. It’s loud. It’s a good beginning primer. Let me preface this by saying that the information presented in the book is good, if nothing new from other books on the subject. It’s brevity is a double-edged sword. For someone just starting out learning about queer terminology, this isn’t a bad place to start. For someone wanting more than just very bare information, it won’t fill the need. It doesn’t seem like a “guide to life.” It does, however, have a list of books and resourced at the back of the book, which I have to give it props for. I would say this is the type of book a librarian or educator might have sitting around for someone, and by that I would probably mean tweens exploring where they fit in the LGBTQ spectrum, who wants to quickly familiarize themselves with some terms and doesn’t know where to start. Disclaimer: A copy was provided by the publisher.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lloyd

    I am a 23 year old cis queer person. I needed this when I was a teenager. With chapter of how to come out, things that might happen when you come out, possible things you might identify with and other glorious chapters which talk about important things like comp het and the importance of the design of pride flags this book I will thoroughly encourage my students to read. This should be read by allies as well as those who are part of the rainbow alphabet, both to learn from our past and in order I am a 23 year old cis queer person. I needed this when I was a teenager. With chapter of how to come out, things that might happen when you come out, possible things you might identify with and other glorious chapters which talk about important things like comp het and the importance of the design of pride flags this book I will thoroughly encourage my students to read. This should be read by allies as well as those who are part of the rainbow alphabet, both to learn from our past and in order to create a better future. The illustrations were amazing and the information such as suggested reading and watching was a brilliant list which personally I have read a lot of. I would easily compare this book to amazing books from Juno Dawson, however, it is more of an infographics colourful version. I would recommend this to especially those in secondary school but it can be read at slightly younger ages, not all chapters would be relevant, and it is definitely helpful and useful for adults.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ana Way

    Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for this eArc ! I just finished reading Here and Queer and, as a 30yo woman, I didn't learn much, but I'm so glad this book exists for the young queers that will come! As a teen, I wasn't really questioning my sexuality (I had other things going on) but I clearly remember some friends who felt a little lost. I think that this book would have helped them a lot. It's a very positive, concise and inclusive read that will certainly help a lot of young queers! The only Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for this eArc ! I just finished reading Here and Queer and, as a 30yo woman, I didn't learn much, but I'm so glad this book exists for the young queers that will come! As a teen, I wasn't really questioning my sexuality (I had other things going on) but I clearly remember some friends who felt a little lost. I think that this book would have helped them a lot. It's a very positive, concise and inclusive read that will certainly help a lot of young queers! The only problem I had with the book was that some letters weren't fully formed and made the reading a bit difficult. Also the fact that it was a PDF made it almost impossible to read on my ereader (I had to zoom in but my ereader doens't like that??) and I had to read it on my computer which isn't the best. Why don't publishers give arcs in epub format?? Anyway, the book was great.

  24. 5 out of 5

    liv

    Thank you to Netgalley and the Quatro Publishing book for an E-Arc, in exchange for an honest review. I love Rowan Ellis’ videos on YouTube and so was super happy to see that she had written a book, and one that I certainly felt (in hindsight) I wish I had had as a teenager. I relate to a lot of the themes brought up in this book, and hopefully this book will become a staple for queer teen/YA girls or even people questioning of any age – this is not a sit down and read it cover to cover book (an Thank you to Netgalley and the Quatro Publishing book for an E-Arc, in exchange for an honest review. I love Rowan Ellis’ videos on YouTube and so was super happy to see that she had written a book, and one that I certainly felt (in hindsight) I wish I had had as a teenager. I relate to a lot of the themes brought up in this book, and hopefully this book will become a staple for queer teen/YA girls or even people questioning of any age – this is not a sit down and read it cover to cover book (and nor should it be) but seems more a ‘take it in as you need it’. This concise (relatively) book is packed with knowledge, in a non-judgemental and comforting way. The book is also beautifully illustrated by Jacky Sheridan.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alessa

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit that I have been a longtime fan of Rowan Ellis, so I was incredibly excited to receive an advanced reader's copy. Here and Queer is such a lovely and kind guide for girls—and to be perfectly honest, women of all ages. I absolutely loved the focus on queer joy that is so often ignored by the media, as well as the intersectionality of the book—we got to hear from many different kinds Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit that I have been a longtime fan of Rowan Ellis, so I was incredibly excited to receive an advanced reader's copy. Here and Queer is such a lovely and kind guide for girls—and to be perfectly honest, women of all ages. I absolutely loved the focus on queer joy that is so often ignored by the media, as well as the intersectionality of the book—we got to hear from many different kinds of people. All in all, Here and Queer is a big hug for those who need it and a very important read for anyone who wants to become a better ally.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kate Henderson

    What a brilliant book! This book is so perfect for young people! It's easy to read, it has the necessary humour, and most importantly it's informative. The illustrations are bright and bold and they fit just perfectly with the theme and style of the book. This book should be required reading for every secondary school student, and should be in every public and school library across the country! This is great for everyone! Not just people within the LGBTQ+ community. Well done Rowan Ellis - you will What a brilliant book! This book is so perfect for young people! It's easy to read, it has the necessary humour, and most importantly it's informative. The illustrations are bright and bold and they fit just perfectly with the theme and style of the book. This book should be required reading for every secondary school student, and should be in every public and school library across the country! This is great for everyone! Not just people within the LGBTQ+ community. Well done Rowan Ellis - you will certainly be changing young peoples lives for the better with this book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Taylor

    This is the book I wish I had access too nearly twenty(!!) years ago when I started to question my sexuality. While I knew what everything was I had no in person (that I knew of) representation of queer people and as someone who has since realised they aren't cis or straight it would have given me so much more confidence in who I was and not ten years later when I started to connect with the local community. This is the book I wish I had access too nearly twenty(!!) years ago when I started to question my sexuality. While I knew what everything was I had no in person (that I knew of) representation of queer people and as someone who has since realised they aren't cis or straight it would have given me so much more confidence in who I was and not ten years later when I started to connect with the local community.

  28. 4 out of 5

    robin

    i love the book and wish i had a book like this when i was a teenager. i am also gifting it to babyqueer friend of mine who will love it. the only thing that i didnt liked as much is how much of queer history is not shown in the book. i get that you cant list everything on 200 sites but i feel like aids or the murdering of gay people in the holocaust is something you should at least mention (when u are able to show symbols like the pink triangle).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    I am so, so glad this book exists. Here and Queer is a brilliant and gentle "how to guide" for young (and older) girls about being queer and all that it entails from coming out to being an ally and beyond. I know this book will help so many people and for that it is an instant 5 star for me (added bonus that the art work is absolutely gorgeous). I am so, so glad this book exists. Here and Queer is a brilliant and gentle "how to guide" for young (and older) girls about being queer and all that it entails from coming out to being an ally and beyond. I know this book will help so many people and for that it is an instant 5 star for me (added bonus that the art work is absolutely gorgeous).

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ava Pifer

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! It reminds me of an American Girl book but for queer girls like me! I'm so happy to have this book in my life, it's taught me so much and has given me so many exciting ideas. For example, because of this book I want to start an LGBTQIA+ book club! Thank you so much to the author for writing this and the illustrator for making the gorgeous images in the book. Y'all rule! I LOVE THIS BOOK! It reminds me of an American Girl book but for queer girls like me! I'm so happy to have this book in my life, it's taught me so much and has given me so many exciting ideas. For example, because of this book I want to start an LGBTQIA+ book club! Thank you so much to the author for writing this and the illustrator for making the gorgeous images in the book. Y'all rule!

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