Saturday, 27 February 2021

Book review: "ABC of Gender Identity" by Devika Dalal

"ABC of Gender Identity" by Devika Dalal

⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

Every book I read starts off with 5 stars and the reason I've knocked the first star off this book is because it's waaay too short and the second star is gone because there's no way a small child would understand a word of it... even a ten year old would struggle which is the oldest suggested age on Amazon.

It took under 10 minutes to read from start to finish and as a middle-ager it's left me confused and disappointed.

Yes, there *are* twenty-six gender identities identified... with a single sentence each.  This review is longer than the entire alphabet and the suggestions for adults fills up more than half the book.

It's good that it's been written but it reads like the author spent under an hour writing it and then that was it.

If you've got money to burn and a few minutes to waste then by all means get this book, but if you are expecting a book that'll help you to open up the discussion about gender identity with a Primary School aged child then you will be sorely disapointed unfortunately.  It's more like a booklet that you would pick up for free at a doctors surgery or hospital while you were waiting to be seen, read it all while you were waiting to be called in then still be sat twiddling your thumbs if the doctor or nurse is running late.  The potential is there, but it's obviously been written and published in a hurry.

My two-word recommendation?  "Best avoided".

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