Book Review: Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan E. Coyote

Title: Tomboy Survival Guide
Author: Ivan E. Coyote
My Rating: ♥♥♥

I think this is a really important book, and even though I only gave it 4 out of 5, I think it’s really wonderful that it made it onto the Canada Reads 2018 Longlist.

Here’s the first part of the description from Goodreads:

Tomboy Survival Guide


Tomboy Survival Guide is a funny and moving memoir told in stories, in which Ivan recounts the pleasures and difficulties of growing up a tomboy in Canada’s Yukon, and how they learned to embrace their tomboy past while carving out a space for those of us who don’t fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels.

As I said, I think this is a very important book. I think it could provide comfort and hope to a lot of people of all ages but especially young people. If this book wins Canada Reads and a lot of people get to read it, then that can only be a good thing. It really delves into what it was like for Ivan E. Coyote growing up as a tomboy in the Yukon, and there are a bunch of interesting and entertaining stories from their childhood.

But there is a kind of attitude that kind of rubs me the wrong way. Some kind of self-assuredness that borders on full of themself. Well, maybe they should be. Ivan has done a lot of good for a lot of people. It just wasn’t really for me.

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