REVIEW: Diary of a Drag Queen, Crystal Rasmussen

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Northern, working-class and shagging men three times her age, Crystal writes candidly about her search for ‘the one’; sleeping with a VIP in an attempt to become a world famous journalist; getting hired and fired by a well-known fashion magazine; being torn between losing weight and gorging on KFC; and her need for constant sexual satisfaction (and where that takes her). Charting her day-to-day adventures over the course of a year, we encounter tucks, twists and sucks, heinous overspending and endless nights spent sprinting from problem to problem in a full face of make-up. This is a place where the previously unspeakable becomes the commendable – a unique portrayal of the queer experience.

Part-autobiography, part rumination on queer identity, consent, racism, homophobia, heteronormativity and hyper-masculinity, Crystal Rasmussen’s Diary of a Drag Queen is a hilarious, honest, hugely educational book that is certainly not to be missed. As a gay, queer, femme, non-binary drag queen, Rasmussen lives every moment of their life authentically, not holding anything back, not pretending to be someone they are not to appeal to masses, and that is exactly what you will find within the pages of their book; a no holds barred, authentic, unflinching honest look at a year in their life in all of its gritty, fabulous, whirlwind glory.
Honestly, there is just something about Crystal Rasmussen, their life or their writing style or even just something about their narrative voice, that manages to make them feel like a friend; like you are sitting down and being dished all of the gossip on their life over the past few months over a few margaritas, instead of just reading about them in a book. And, let me be completely honest here, even if I had the opportunity to just be on the periphery of Crystal’s orbit, I would surely have ascended into heaven.
Because, you will laugh; laugh so much that you will not be able to read it on the train, or in a cafe, or even in your own living room when you’re sat with other people. As, even though I would love to sit down with someone and open their minds up to the topics that Rasmussen explores, I do not think that my elderly relatives would be able to handle the true realities of Grindr hook-ups, or sex clubs in Berlin.
Furthermore, the wittiness and intelligence that they bring to their humour, their frequent rumination about failing at love, or at sex, or at work, or even at life; translates effortlessly over to the more serious topics that are discussed. It is not a textbook, or an overly complex essay collection, instead the book feels like a more ‘woke’ friend giving you the nudge to explore more, to think more, to be more.
And, because of that and so much more, I know that I will always keep this book close at hand because, even if there is no one in my life that is there, or even just no one that understands, I know that Crystal always will.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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