Unicorn was one of the books that I heard about back in March at a 4th Estate Books event. Listening to Amrou talk about Unicorn made me want to pick it up straight away. Luckily for me I was sent an advance copy which I devoured in a day. 🦄 From a god-fearing Muslim boy enraptured with their mother, to a vocal, queer drag queen estranged from their family, this is a heart-breaking and hilarious memoir about the author’s fight to be true to themself. 🦄 This really is an incredible story which made for compelling reading. Unicorn felt to me like one of the most honest memoirs I’ve read, in places it is very raw and moving. I found myself wishing I had a time machine, I just wanted to go back in time give this child a hug. Growing up is hard to do, and Amrou really had some tough times that just broke my heart. But this is not in any way a pity-party, it’s someone finding the courage to tell their story which I have no doubt will help others.
🦄 One of the things I loved most about Unicorn is the humour, Amrou is incredibly witty and made me laugh out loud several times. As for Glamrou, what’s not to love; empowered, confident and says the things no one else dares. I think there are times when I’ll be telling myself to be more Glamrou! 🦄 Most importantly Unicorn serves as a great reminder that we must accept people for who they are and not who we think they are or should be. Regardless of your religion, ethnicity, sexuality or gender identity everyone should read this, we can all learn from it. 🦄 Thank you so much to 4th Estate Books for sending me this copy and thank you to Amrou for sharing your story. Unicorn is every bit as fabulous and inspiring as I had thought it would be and I would urge you to pick up a copy when it is released in October.