ARC Review: A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

Hello world! How are you? I am quite satisfied with myself because, this month, I am doing well with my ARCs and I am so so happy! Yay!  But just reading them it’s not enough, I have to write down the review, too. And so here I am with a new one!
And now that’s enough with this cheery mood, let’s talk about the book!

Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Title: A quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
Authors: Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson
Publication date: June 12th, 2018
Page count: 64 pages

Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more!

When I saw this title on NetGalley for the first time I was quite curious because I have to admit that I am quite ignorant and all the they/them pronouns thing get me confused. I have seen they used on the Twitter community but never in the real life (and I have to remind you that I am Italian person, and here they’re not so common) so yeah… I was curious about all of this, I was also quite ignorant about all the matter and I always wanted to know more but I am also quite lazy and I was procrastinating it. So, this book was quite the push that I needed but I was browsing it with my phone and I pushed the title aside, to be requested when I would be with my notebook and not just my phone.

Also, I have to say, I forgot about it. My memory is not the best thing ever. I get easily distracted and I was thinking about not visiting NetGalley when I am at home with my notebook because I know myself and I know that if I go on this site it would end with me requesting some titles. It’s an inevitable thing and I don’t need new ARCs right now! But then I read a wonderful review here and I had to go and download the title ASAP.

And I am so, so happy to have done it! I’ve read it right away because it’s really really short and it doesn’t take a lot of time. I’ve read it while I had a break at work, to be honest, it was so quick and easy to follow.
And it was the thing that I needed. It’s highly informative and it was so useful. At least now I can say that I understand all these things about pronouns. It wasn’t a complicated thing, really, but I was lazy and this book provides you with all the info in just one place, and it’s well written, easy to follow and clear. You can’t ask for more.

I have to admit that some things didn’t sound quite… I don’t know the right word, here, so I am sorry, but some things just didn’t sound so… right to me. But I may have been a little bit sensitive about a point here, and I really don’t want to put up a discussion post, so I just say here that something rubs me the wrong way, if it’s not a too much strong way to put it, and let it at it. It’s just to explain why my rating is not too high, even if I liked the idea and the info a lot.

Anyway, back to the book. I loved the arts and the characters/authors. All the book has a fresh and easy way to it, and it really gets to the point. I found it interesting and useful, really, really useful. I would for sure recommend it to a lot of people because I think it’s a book that really needs to be read and the info shared. It doesn’t just provide information about the use of the right pronouns, but it talks about the way to broach the subject with others and I think that this is a great subject, too.


Ad that’s all for today! Have you read the book? Did you know about it?
Happy Reading!

11 thoughts on “ARC Review: A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

  1. Alexa says:

    I have actually read this, and I thought it was a pretty good first introduction to they/them pronouns. Of course, it requires extra reading, and some things are kind of generalised because you can’t really discuss complicated issues in such a short book, so it’s not perfect :/ I’d be curious to hear what you didn’t like!

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    • Susy's Cozy World says:

      Yes, it’s a really complex argument and this book is really short, so it cannot do miracles, but it’s a good introduction 🙂

      And what I don’t like was more a personal issue than the book itself but the thing “it’s not about you” it really irks me.

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  2. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky says:

    Ooh this looks to be fun and educational! I’m not as well informed on nonbinary subjects as I’m in LGBTQ+ stuff, so I may look into it! And I’m trying to stay off of Netgalley for now too. There’s this one publisher that keeps denying my requests, even though they accepted one before, and it’s driving me insane that I don’t know why. So yeah, time to just read all the ARCs I already have!

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