The Book of Non-Binary Joy – Book Review

Title: The Book of Non-Binary Joy
Author: Ben Pechey
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Non-Fiction
Age: YA to Adult
Publication Date: May 19, 2022
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Themes: Self-Discovery, Self-Care, Self-Love, Non-Binary experience, Educational,


‘Oh hello darling, and welcome to The Book of Non-Binary Joy! This book is here to help you be yourself – free from judgement and expectation – as you unlock more joy in your life. Take my hand, and let’s start your journey of self-love today.’

Whether you are at the start of your journey or have been on the wild ride of gender introspection for a long time, this guide is here to help you thrive as your authentic – and most fabulous – non-binary self. With personal stories, valuable insights and interactive sections, this inspiring book covers a wide range of topics, including mental health, pleasure, fashion, understanding your past, allyship privilege and self-expression.

Written with warmth and unapologetic humour, and with bold illustrations throughout, Ben Pechey has created the ultimate safe space for you to embrace your non-binary life and start living.

Thank you to NetGalley and Jessica Kingsley Publishers for an eARC of this title.

I don’t often read non-fiction or self-help type books, but this one really caught my eye. Written by a non-binary person about how to live an authentic and happy life as someone who doesn’t fit the gender binary is a really great book and concept. I think this book is great for a number of people. First, for people who are non-binary, gender-nonconforming, or questioning their gender identity. Second, for people who want to know more about the experience of non-binary people, what they experience, and what the kinds of questions they have.

The book starts with some definitions, explanations, and experiences about gender, sex, the discrimination faced by non-binary people, and experiences from people and their lives. I think these explanations and definitions are really great to give a brief overview of terms and experiences that some may not understand or have even realized exist. Though, I think they are too brief for anyone who already knows a bit about gender and LGBTQ+ identities, terms, etc.

Overall, I think this a great read for anyone questioning their identity, who is non-binary, or who is interested in learning more about gender identity. It’s got some great self-care activities, tips and ideas, and some really great anecdotes.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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