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Confessions of a Teenage Drag King by Markus Harwood-Jones

Updated: Jan 7, 2022


Ren is a confident, outgoing, and talented king. He rules the stage, hangs out with his drag family, and has loads of fans. By day, though, he's just Lauren - a lonely and invisible senior year highschool girl. When Ren falls in love with a girl who watches his performances, and then the girl transfers to Ren's school (the school where he is Lauren), will he be able to keep the two identities seperate?



AGE RANGE TEEN


THEMES

LGBTQ+

Drag

Highschool

Drama

Transgender



OVERALL RATING 6/10

A queer and modern Hannah Montana for teens, Confessions of a Teenage Drag King is certainly a unique story. I really wanted to love this book, but it falls short. Ren is not a likable character, as he does things that are mean and inconsiderate, never properly apologizes, and has no good excuses. He never cares about anyone other than himself, and he prioritizes TikTok and TV shows over his friends, and even his love interest. Its just not believable. He just generally treats everyone badly. Its important for teenagers to make mistakes in stories, but their mistakes need to be believable.


PROS

LGBTQ+ representation


CONS

Unrelatable and mean characters

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