Northern, working-class and shagging men three times her age, Crystal writes candidly about her search for ‘the one’; sleeping with a VIP in an attempt to become a world famous journalist; getting hired and fired by a well-known fashion magazine; being torn between losing weight and gorging on KFC; and her need for constant sexual satisfaction (and where that takes her).
Charting her day-to-day adventures over the course of a year, we encounter tucks, twists and sucks, heinous overspending and endless nights spent sprinting from problem to problem in a full face of make-up.
This is a place where the previously unspeakable becomes the commendable – a unique portrayal of the queer experience.
The title is pretty self explanatory for this one. It’s the diary of a drag queen, in this case the drag persona of journalist Tom Rasmussen.
This book is certainly not for anyone even remotely abit prudish. It is unapologetically explicit in its accounts of sexual activity, sexual fantasies, drug taking etc. I found every little comment hilarious and couldn’t stop smiling throughout reading it. The way it’s written is so refreshing and hilarious.
The book has lots of interesting anecdotes but also looks at issues relating to discrimination, homophobia and other issues within the LGBTQIA+ community. It made me totally re-assess how I move through the world as a cis woman and ways in which I can be a better LGBTQI+ ally. It’s gloriously funny, rude, entertaining and joyful, while also challenges the reader to be a better person. Crystal is a stunning voice, her wit and honesty are breathtaking and refreshing in the current climate.
Crystal is a warm personality, and you truly feel as if you’ve known them all your life by the end of the book. The emotions i felt throughout this book shocked me; it’ll make you laugh, cry, cringe and squirm. It’s thought-provoking and moving in equal measure.
This book was kindly sent to me by Penguin Random House and Ebury for an honest review on my social media.
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Drag cards from game of Queens card game by hachette