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Book Review + New Releases for Young Adult Nonfiction

Homebody by Theo Parish

Publisher: Harperalley

Published: April 23, 2024

Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel Biography



In their comics debut, Theo Parish masterfully weaves an intimate and defiantly hopeful memoir about the journey one nonbinary person takes to find a home within themself. Combining traditional comics with organic journal-like interludes, Theo takes us through their experiences with the hundred arbitrary and unspoken gender binary rules of high school, from harrowing haircuts and finally the right haircut to the intersection of gender identity and sexuality—and through tiny everyday moments that all led up to Theo finding the term “nonbinary,” which finally struck a chord. “Have you ever had one of those moments when all of a sudden things become clear…like someone just turned on a light?” A whole spectrum of people will be drawn to Theo’s storytelling, from trans or questioning teens and adults, to folks who devoured Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe or The Fire Never Goes Out by ND Stevenson, to any person looking to dive a little deeper into the way gender can shape identity. Throughout the book, Theo’s crystal-clear voice reminds the reader that it’s okay not to know, it’s okay to change your mind, and it’s okay to take your time finding your way home. “We are all just trying to find a place to call our own. We are all deserving of comfort and safety, a place to call home.”

Overall Thoughts:

"We are all just trying to find a place to call our own."--Theo Parish

An empowering and hopeful memoir on Theo's journey with their identity. This memoir is uplifting and shows Theo's steps to their self-love discovery. I loved this book! Being a non-binary person, I related a lot to Theo's struggles with who they were and how to match their body to fit what they felt. Near the end, Theo makes mention of how they feel like their body is a house for rental--one that came pre-furnished and Theo just had to make some improvements to make that house their home. I thought that message really fits me and some of my trans and nonbinary friends, so I hope you too pick this up. I will not stop recommending this book!

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Published: May 07, 2024

Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction

Call #: YA 979.494 YOO


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