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Review: The Big Book of Bisexual Trials and Errors

While at Geek Girl Con, I got to meet a few publishers, plenty of authors, and have a generally amazing time in the land of bookdom. One publisher I met is a local one named Northwest Press. After a charming chat with the gentleman at the booth, he asked if I would like to be added to their ARC list, and I gladly accepted.

“The Big Book of Bisexual Trials and Errors” follow the life of artist and writer Elizabeth Beier, as she breaks up with a long term boyfriend and finds herself wanting to dive into a new romantic world of dating women. A story about not  only finding love, but about finding yourself along the way.

Elizabeth herself sounds like the kind of person I would love to hang around with. This memoir of one section of her life is so honest, you can tell she has reflected onto this a lot. She obviously put a lot of time into this graphic novel since she is both the artist and author. The great part is that even if you yourself are not bisexual, this book is incredibly relate-able. The awkwardness of one encounter, to the next one just being simply over the top. I could see a lot of myself in her story here.  I imagine that I am not the only one either.

The art in this is unique, and very obviously a style someone has spent years practicing with daily. I liked that while the cover is in color, the rest of book is not because it is easier to focus on the details of the art. Each persons face is detailed to the point that you feel like you could recognize them on the street. Unique features and details are something that I feel a lot of art lacks initially, and this is proving me wrong.

Beier’s story telling is great, and she obviously has a talent with it. She was open, honest, and willing to bare herself for this. In ways most wouldn’t. The voice of this story is witty, and sure, but is still obviously trying to show that she has found herself in this adventure called life. One thing unique about this is the fact that she includes a list of resources at the end of the book. Hotlines for those that are in various types of trouble and need help. Book recommendations, Queer comic resources, storytelling shows, and even her favorite pen. I love that this is a writer trying to encourage others to reach out for help, tell their story, find other stories they could relate to, and various other things. You can tell she wanted to make sure that anyone and everyone could get the help they needed after reading her book. It is the first time I have ever seen something like that and it was heartwarming.

This is a great book for the 18+ market, especially those that feel lost in the world for one reason or another. I mentioned earlier that it is more than a book on sexual discovery, it is a book on finding yourself and accepting yourself for who you really are. You can pick up this book through Northwest Press’s website, and it is available now!

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