How To Be Ace || eARC Review

Title: How To Be Ace: A Memoir of Growing Up Asexual
Author: Rebecca Brugess
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Graphic Memoir, LGBTQIA+, Nonfiction, Memoir
Age: Adult
Page Count: 208
Publication Date: October 21, 2020
Themes: LGBTQ+, Asexuality, Romance, Friendship, Identity, Sexuality,

“Brave, witty and empowering, this graphic memoir follows Rebecca as she navigates her asexual identity and mental health in a world obsessed with sex. From school to work to relationships, this book offers an unparalleled insight into asexuality.”

Thank you to NetGalley and Jessica Kingsley Publishers for an eARC of this title.

Where do I even start with this one? I will start at the beginning. This book made me feel so seen. I grew up feeling like I didn’t fit and pretending that I felt the same as my friends to fit in. This book really expressed the experience of young ace and ace-spec people. Though my experience wasn’t exactly the same as the authors I could really identify with the feelings and confusion.

I loved the art style that the author used. It is so soft and beautiful, but also expresses emotions so completely and deeply. I loved the soft and muted colours. I loved how anxiety and emotion was expressed through the art using different colours and techniques.

I think that anyone questioning their sexuality or who wants to know more about the experience of ace-spec people should pick this up. It is incredibly eye-opening and though not all ace-spec people have the same experiences, it is a good representation of what some people experience.

Rating: 4.5/5


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