Thanks so much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Tan France is one of five TV personalities from the Emmy-award-winning Netflix show Queer Eye. I feel like I should start off by saying that I love Netflix’s Queer Eye to pieces, and Tan is always one of my favorite guys on the show. I don’t tend to read very many memoirs, unless there by some of my favorite people. I find it really hard to rate non fiction, as this is about someone’s life, and how can I judge there experiences. So I tend to rate them for enjoyment, and I really liked this book. Tan’s voice is exactly how I imagined it would be, he is intelligent ,so sassy and his personality shines throughout the novel. He also doesn’t hold anything back, which I really appreciate.
Tan was born in Pakistan and raised in Britain, he is also Muslim. He talks about what it was like going to school and growing up in a mostly white neighborhood. It absolutely broke my heart to hear how desperately Tan wished he were white when he was younger. I’m glad he has come to accept his skin color, as its beautiful! He grew up in a strict Muslim household, so it was so fun reading about his acts of rebellion. I cannot imagine getting on a plan at the age of seventeen and flying to New York, and telling my parents I was sleeping over at a friends. He is a little bit of a bad boy!
I really loved his honesty about the show, he was really nervous and that makes me able to connect with him on a deeper level. Most actors brush off being anxious in front of the camera, but Tan relates how he felt uncomfortable. He is touches on his businesses before the show. He has accomplished so much, but his fame isn’t without struggles or stress.
I really loved reading the stories about his husband Rob, I never knew much about him until reading this memoir. They were in a long distance relationship for years, while running a business from two different countries. Which both things are incredible, while each are difficult in there own ways, Tan and Rob accomplished them both. There story is so sweet and was a delight to read.
Also I highly recommend the audiobook as its read by Tan. I think if you are a fan of Queer Eye you will adore this book.