Book / ARC Review 🌈

Details — The 2000s Made Me Gay: Finding Queer Identity in Straight Pop Culture by Grace Perry (#nonfiction#queerbooks#lgbtbooks) pub by @stmartinspress read on @netgalley as an ARC in exchange for honest feedback. ~250 pages.

Publication Date 📅: June 1, 2021

Blurbs: From The Onion and Reductress contributor, this collection of essays is a hilarious nostalgic trip through beloved 2000s media, interweaving cultural criticism and personal narrative to examine how a very straight decade forged a very queer woman.

Today’s gay youth have dozens of queer peer heroes, both fictional and real, but former gay teenager Grace Perry did not have that luxury. Instead, she had to search for queerness in the (largely straight) teen cultural phenomena the aughts had to offer: in Lindsay Lohan’s fall from grace, Gossip Girl, Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl,” country-era Taylor Swift, and Seth Cohen jumping on a coffee cart. And, for better or worse, these touch points shaped her adult identity. She came out on the other side like many millennials did: in her words, gay as hell.

Throw on your Von Dutch hats and join Grace on a journey back through the pop culture moments of the aughts, before the cataclysmic shift in LGBTQ representation and acceptance—a time not so long ago, which many seem to forget.

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Review: This collection of essays is ideally suited for the Millennials. Packed with nostalgia stemming from pop culture references (ranging from Harry Potter to Katy Perry), this book had some pretty funny moments. There’s something about this book that makes me laugh as well, which really is just that there were a lot of fandoms that absolutely fueled queer pop culture and subcategories of the Internet dedicated to either 1) finding something queer in the subtext or 2) shipping it hardcore when it was. I dunno, I think this ultimately lighthearted idea was humorous, and it will definitely be a fun read for a queer Millennial audience who will recall some of the fun bits of the early to mid 2000s.

PS — I read through some #ownvoices reviews that you can see on Goodreads, and for the most part, they seem to have a positive outlook for this publication.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54860449-the-2000s-made-me-gay?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=A5MUFLdTif&rank=1

NetGalley Link: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/217483