Book Review: Pageboy by Elliot Page

My book review of Pageboy by Elliot Page.

Title: Pageboy

By: Elliot Page

Genre: Memoir

Pages: 271

Release Date: June 6th, 2023

Publisher: Flatiron

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

"Can I kiss you?" It was two months before the world premiere of Juno, and Elliot Page was in his first ever queer bar. The hot summer air hung heavy around him as he looked at her. And then it happened. In front of everyone. A previously unfathomable experience. Here he was on the precipice of discovering himself as a queer person, as a trans person. Getting closer to his desires, his dreams, himself, without the repression he'd carried for so long. But for Elliot, two steps forward had always come with one step back.

With Juno's massive success, Elliot became one of the world's most beloved actors. His dreams were coming true, but the pressure to perform suffocated him. He was forced to play the part of the glossy young starlet, a role that made his skin crawl, on and off set. The career that had been an escape out of his reality and into a world of imagination was suddenly a nightmare.

As he navigated criticism and abuse from some of the most powerful people in Hollywood, a past that snapped at his heels, and a society dead set on forcing him into a binary, Elliot often stayed silent, unsure of what to do, until enough was enough. Full of behind the scenes details and intimate interrogations on sex, love, trauma, and Hollywood, Pageboy is the story of a life pushed to the brink. But at its core, this beautifully written, winding journey of what it means to untangle ourselves from the expectations of others is an ode to stepping into who we truly are with defiance, strength, and joy.


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I love Elliot Page. He has transformed right before our eyes, and I love that for him.

This book really dove into the journey from Ellen to Elliot and all the growing pains in between. There were times where I felt a bit uncomfortable and sometimes a bit cringe, but maybe those stories were too far out there for me. Either way, a great read.

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