How to Be Ace

How to Be Ace

A Memoir of Growing up Asexual

Book - 2021
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"Growing up, Rebecca assumes sex is just a scary new thing they will 'grow into' as they gets older, but when they leaves school, starts working, and does grow up, they starts to wonder why they doesn't want to have sex with other people. In this brave, hilarious and empowering graphic memoir, we follow Rebecca as they navigate a culture obsessed with sex -from being bullied at school and trying to fit in with friends, to forcing themself into relationships and experiencing anxiety and OCD -before coming to understand and embrace their asexual identity."--Back cover.
Publisher: London : Jessica Kingsley, 2021.
ISBN: 9781787752153
Characteristics: 169 pages :,chiefly colour illustrations ;,21 cm
Alternative Title: Memoir of growing up asexual.


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Mar 02, 2021

I ravenously devour graphic memoirs especially ones about identity and coming of age, so this was a book I was really looking forward to. I found the art to be charming, and the experience of discovering you are asexual is an important story to be told, but I found this book to be lacking when it came to exploring the spectrum of asexual experiences. There are lots of terms on the spectrum that are mentioned several times (demisexual, etc),that are never defined or addressed, and for a book called "how to be Ace", leaving out how you discovered where on the spectrum you fit seems like a huge omission. I do not think it is a memoirists job to tell stories about identities that they don’t relate to, but I think that mentioning those other identities and never giving the reader context for them is detrimental to the story.

VaughanPLDaniela Feb 26, 2021

This empowering graphic memoir is a trailblazing account of growing up asexual in a culture obsessed with sex. We follow author Rebecca Burgess on their path to self-awareness – from being bullied at school and struggling to fit in with their friends, to coping with their increasingly overwhelming anxiety and OCD – before finally embracing their asexual identity. “How to Be Ace” promotes inclusivity and acceptance for all sexualities. Teens who don’t quite fit into society’s “mold” will find comfort and insight in Burgess’ unique path to self-discovery and self-acceptance.

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