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Book Review – Diary Of A Drag Queen by Crystal Rasmussen

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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.

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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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Book Review – My Mother The Psychopath by Olivia Rayne

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This book tells the story of Olivia’s childhood and adolescence, it’s a memoir but it reads more like a thriller or a crime novel, and at times I forgot it was a real story and actually happened to somebody. It’s really descriptive and I could imagine all the characters really well, sometimes too well! Josephine, the mother, is a sociopath and its scary reading how she manipulates everyone around her, especially Olivia’s father, who is totally under her control.

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This book was such a suprise to me. I don’t usually read memoirs but this one had me hooked. It’s hard to say this is a “good” book because the subject matter is so disturbing and the story is so sad, but reading this book really opened my mind!

There are moments in the book that are unbelievable and made me livid, particularly as Olivia got older and her mother started interfering more. It made my blood boil the things that Olivia was put through, especially by her mother who was meant to be the one person she could rely on. This book is shocking and packs a punch you won’t forget in a hurry, but it’s also a beautiful book and the story is told with heart.

Olivia – you are an amazing woman and you didn’t deserve to be treated how you were by any of the people who treated you so badly. I hope your mother never comes into your life again and I’m so happy to read that you’re in a good place with great friends and a caring boyfriend! You deserve it.

This book was kindly sent to me by Penguin Random House for me to review!

 

 

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