Monday, April 23, 2018

Book Review: Would You Rather? A Memoir of Growing Up and Coming Out by Katie Heaney

Book Review: Would You Rather? A Memoir of Growing Up and Coming Out by Katie Heaney
* Released March 6, 2018 from Penguin Random House*

Katie Heaney's second memoir expands on a "bigger truth" following her first memoir, Never Have I Ever, about never getting the guy at twenty-five. Three years later, she is happily dating her first girlfriend.

Although each chapter tells a self-contained story regarding Heaney's unexpected epiphany, they build on each other and are best read in order. Heaney's writing is structured, funny, and wordy in an endearing way, like your best friend who can't wait to spill (and micro-analyze) every detail. She's undoubtedly a millenial, and references to Twitter, Instagram, and being sucked down internet rabbit holes will be familiar to readers of her generation. Heaney's late-blooming revelation isn't the answer for single girls everywhere, as she's quick to point out, but it paints an alternative narrative that's validating for those who haven't known they're gay since middle school and were lucky enough to come out into a more welcoming environment. Highly recommended to millenial women, who, no matter their orientation, will see at least part of themselves in Heaney's stories.

I received this as an Early Reviewers book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

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