Published: February 2, 2016
Ask a Queer Chick is a guide to sex, love, and life for lesbian, gay, bi, and queer women. Based on the long-running and popular advice column for The Hairpin, but featuring entirely new content, Ask a Queer Chick cuts through all of the bizarre conditioning imparted by parents, romantic comedies, and The L Word to help queer readers and their straight/cis friends navigate this changing world. Offering advice on everything from coming out to getting your first gay haircut to walking down the aisle, Ask a Queer Chick is a positive, down-to-earth guide that will resonate with readers of Dan Savage and Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things.
I received a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.
This book isn't really for me because I'm fairly certain I'm a "normal" straight chick. That being said, a lot of the advice in this book is something that I think all women could benefit from, and there's a fair amount of advice that straight men could certainly benefit from concerning how to treat women. Honestly, enough of the advice would be beneficial for anyone with a romantic partner of any gender or orientation that I think everybody could benefit from reading this book in some way.
There were areas of this book that made me feel a little uncomfortable. Ms. King-Miller uses a lot of humor and cracks a lot of jokes while giving her advice, and I'm not sure if I'm allowed to find it funny or if laughing at her queer-centered jokes is an unacceptable micro aggression on my part. That uncertainty makes me feel uncomfortable. Maybe her next book can focus on advice for us straight folks interacting with the LGBTQ+ community. While Chapter 7 sort of did that, it really left me with more questions than answers.
After reading this book, I do feel like I am at least a little better informed about the female portion of the LGBTQ+ community and it was fun to read because of Ms. King-Miller's humor and frequent compliments.
Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars because it seems quite informative and was fun to read. I would recommend it to basically everyone if only to increase understanding of others that may be different from yourself. - Katie
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About the Author
Lindsay King-Miller received her BA from the University of Arizona and her MFA from Naropa University. She has been writing the advice column "Ask A Queer Chick" for The Hairpin since 2011, and has contributed to Cosmopolitan.com, Bitch Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Toast, and other publications. She lives in Denver with her partner, a lot of books, and two very spoiled cats. She does not have an indoor voice. You can write to her for advice at email@example.com. This is her first book.
I got my first category fulfilled for my 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge fulfilled. As this book goes live on February 2nd, it quite handily qualifies as a book published in 2016.