The Times I Knew I Was Gay

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In The Times I Knew I Was Gay, London-based illustrator Eleanor Crewes gives readers a glimpse of her journey to understand and accept her identity. Pairing clean-lined pencil drawings with text, Crewes takes readers from her childhood identification with Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Willow to her forays into dating in young adulthood. The result is a warm, funny, and authentic portrait of the trials, tribulations, and joys that come along with understanding oneself and coming out.

Crewes’s sketches are expressive, sweet, and funny. Visual details—carefully drawn hoop earrings, hands wrapped around mugs, and wobbly, uncertain smiles—create a sense of environment and character that make the reader all the more invested in Eleanor’s evolution over the years. The dialogue and thought bubbles, too, are funny and real. At one point, when Eleanor is on a date with an attractive man whom she doesn’t find interesting, thought bubbles reveal her inner monologue: “I’m so gay. I’m so gay. I. AM. GAY.” The Times I Knew I Was Gay is a book with a heartfelt and authentic message and the drawings to match.

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Author Eleanor Crewes
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Scribner
Publish Date 2020-10-06
ISBN 9781982147105
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Issue November 2020
Category Young Adult


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