ARC Review: In Their Shoes by Jamie Windust

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Part memoir, part self-help book, this exploration of what it means to be a young nonbinary femme trans creative professional in London is engaging and thought-provoking. It’s raw and honest in a way that really resonated with me, once I got used to the informal writing style.

Probably because it’s both self-help and memoir, the message sometimes got a little muddled, especially towards the beginning. Overall though I found it to be worth a read. I even stayed up late reading it in one sitting, so I suppose I was good and hooked.

The one thing that kept throwing me is that this is a self-help book that claims a vast expanse of knowledge and experience, with the implication that the author is looking back on long years of being nonbinary – and yet they are only 22. It was jarring to have someone that much younger than me writing with the assurance of someone much older. I will grant, however, that they seem to have a much broader swath of life experience than me, so perhaps that is warranted.

Definitely recommend to anyone wanting to expand their gender diverse – and especially nonbinary! – bookshelf.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Jessica Kingsley Publishers for providing an e-arc for review.    

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