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Es even her so called best friend So many people think that Zee lik. See of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant My review for this book ended up being 2k words long I don t want to post the whole thing here so the beginning is just below When the full review is posted on my blog I will update this review with a link Until then official review belowI originally found this book on NetGalley but it was up for Wish for It I still wanted to read it so I emailed the publisher and never got a response In a really desperate attempt I put a note on my review in Goodreads asking if it was possible for a trans reviewer to get an ARC Lo and behold I later got a message via Goodreads from author BT Gottfred in which he asked me to fill out his contact form on his website and he d forward my info to his publisherThroughout our emailing he was very nice and friendly and by the end of our conversation I can very well say that Gottfred wrote this book with good intentions but I couldn t yet say if he wrote accurately About a month later I got a physical ARC copy in the mail with a note from the publisher noting that the author had reuested I was sent one Meaning that Gottfred had come through that he wanted to know an OwnVoices opinionUnfortunately that s where the majority of the Pros end I can say wholeheartedly that I would not recommend The Handsome Girl Her Beautiful Boy to teen readers and even less so to ueer readers It s made very obvious from the outside and summary of this book that Gottfred was attempting to challenge stereotypes by reiterating that being a feminine boy being gay and being a masculine girl being a lesbian To do this however Gottfred utilized other harmful stereotypes specifically ones that made me uestion adult s sanity Do they really think we act like thisHere s a link to my full reviewHere s a link to my friend Rachel s review which I highly recommend reading She discusses scenes that I didn t get to

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Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian Her classmates her gym buddi. 325This story is weird Really weird I kind of liked it but I m also weirded out I do not recommend this to those people who complain about contemporaries not being realistic enoughThe dialogue and internal monologue is pretty unrealistic Overall the story is written in a strange style Duo perspective from the 2 main characters Art and Zee The story switches back and forth between them in a first person perspective in very short chapters throughout the story In between a single scene their perspectives would switch giving both their thoughts on the situation which is why the style of this story is very uniueIf you ve read the description of this book everyone thinks Art likes guys and Zee likes girls So for the first half of this book I was like what the fuck because they were both STRAIGHT AS FUCK So the main guy character Art looks feminine and is creative so apparently people assume he s gay The main girl character Zee doesn t like dressing girly works out and has short hair so that makes her a lesbian I was like what is this shit that doesn t actually happen in real life I read this because I thought the premise of this sounded really strange and crazySo there s this weird turn in the 2nd half of the book where they both suddenly become fluid in their sexualities and it s really strange because for the whole first half of the book they are extremely straight and now they are notFor the first part of the book Art was seriously EXTRA straight Besides the whole he s feminine thing the story was trying to push he was a super straight dude in every way If there was a straight to gay meter I would be straight and he would shoot beyond that point into the XTRA straight category and then every one would be pissed because he broke the damn meterZee was really straight too she was just in denial about liking Art The transition into the whole 2nd half of the book was pretty messy because it just went from 1 to 100 real uick I just don t understand how they both went from straight to fluid and it was not great Their romance starts as instalove from Art so I guess I shouldn t be surprised It does take a long time for Zee to actually like him so there s still a lot of build upArt has this weird personality where he is extremely cocky and confident I would actually like him if he wasn t so strange He s super extra He s weird Really weird So Zee used Art for the first half of the book to make herself feel better about the negative things in her life while not actually liking him leading him on and that pissed me off because I think she s stupid for thinking she might be a lesbian just because other people think so How does that even work That s so stupid Also she keeps thinking he s gay for a while even thought he is absolutely obsessed with her and it really doesn t make any senseThe middle portion of this story is of them fucking in a motelYeah this is one of those weird concept stories like the one I read about the porn addict and this sure is weird so if that s what you want to read here you go

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Es girls even Zee is starting to wonder Could they be onto somethin. There was one thing that aggravated me to no end while reading this book That was the almost complete and utter lack of acknowledgement that bisexuality was a thing that existed WARNING minor spoilers Aside from just the obvious issues with that it also didn t make sense with how the rest of the story was written A trans character is acknowledged The term sexually fluid is used There s even a part where a character talks about knowing people who like both guys and girls But for some unknown reason they all don t know what bisexual is What Most of this seems to be for the plot The whole am I gay or straight debate is a focus throughout the book So despite it feeling awkward and unrealistic I let it go with the assumption that it would eventually be brought up towards the end with a big discoverycoming out moment Then the word is finally brought up by one of the characters who has been having the whole am I gay or straight debate It s not a discovery moment It s used flippantly as if he always knew the term Sentence being No other straight or even bisexual teenage boy in the world would be just as happy holding a girl all night as he would be getting naked This is the same character who earlier stated everything s so confusing when you re gay and in love with a girl Yet who also apparently knows what bisexuality is at least vaguely It makes zero sense to me It bothered me throughout the majority of the book which was annoying because it would have been an okay read otherwise There s also things said like who s the boy with two boys slut shaming homophobic terms a LOT of biphobia a lot of talk of gender norms in connection to sexuality sex scenes occur and some violence Again disappointing especially since the author himself claimed the book as exploring issues of gender and sexuality Aside from all of that the story was interesting It took a lot of unexpected turns the characters were thought out it brought up a lot of confusing thoughts that some teens face despite not fully addressing them and it was funny The ending feltnot uite there for me I didn t like the usage of caps to represent screaming I did enjoy the addition of charts and text messages to go along with some parts of the story Overall This book was an interesting idea and had a real oppurtunity to be something great addressing the topic of gendersexuality I just feel that it missed it s mark


10 thoughts on “The Handsome Girl Her Beautiful Boy

  1. says:

    This book is part of a rhetorical category I like to call attempting to make people blur labels and boundaries but failing to realize and unlearn my own biasesSo there’s this uote from a lesbian lead in this book that just fucking haunts me in which she implies that she thinks about men to finish while having sex ‘Okay here I go’ Iris takes a deep breath ‘When Stacy and I when she would be doing down there ’ She lowered her eyes

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    FULL OWNVOICES REVIEW COMPREHENSIVE RECEIPTSTW homophobia transphobia lesbophobia islamophobia “I wish I was gay because no gay person would ever be expected to be good at working out Except Bryan He’s not really gay Of course h

  3. says:

    325This story is weird Really weird I kind of liked it but I'm also weirded out I do not recommend this to those people who complain about contemporaries not being realistic enoughThe dialogue and internal monologue is prett

  4. says:

    See of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant My review for this book ended up being 2k words long I don't want to post the whole thing here so the beginning is just below When the full review is posted on my blog I will update this review w

  5. says:

    My written interview with the author can be found here

  6. says:

    The Handsome Girl Her Beautiful Girlby BT Gottfred3355 StarsThis whole review contains spoilersThis book is definitely not you typical YA con

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    There are a lot of stories in the YA LGBT genre Almost all of them feature characters that have ueer identities that fall clearly u

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    There was one thing that aggravated me to no end while reading this book That was the almost complete and utter l

  9. says:

    I’m sure everyone at school thinks she’s boring or ugly or a lesbian but she transcends beauty She’s androgynous but not in an unsexy wayDNF

  10. says:

    I love this book so muchOkayThere are a lot of things i dont like about this book but there is a lot that i like about itThe way it addresses se