Book Review: Queer Eye: Love Yourself. Love Your Life.

June 10, 2022

Details from Audible:

Publisher's Summary

From the Fab Five - the beloved hosts of Netflix's viral hit Queer Eye - comes an audiobook that is at once a behind-the-scenes exclusive, a practical guide to living and celebrating your best life, and a symbol of hope.

Feeling your best is about far more than deciding what color to paint your accent wall or how to apply nightly moisturizer. It's also about creating a life that's well-rounded, filled with humor and understanding - and most importantly, that suits you. At a cultural moment when we are all craving people to admire, Queer Eye offers hope and acceptance.

After you get to know the Fab Five, together they will guide you through five practical chapters that go beyond their designated areas of expertise (food and wine, fashion, grooming, home decor, and culture), touching on topics like wellness, entertaining, and defining your personal brand, and complete with bite-sized Hip Tips for your everyday quandaries. Above all else, Queer Eye aims to help you create a happy and healthy life, rooted in self-love and authenticity. 

Read by the Fab Five: Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown.

Includes a bonus PDF of recipes from the book. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown (P)2018 Random House Audio

Initial Thoughts:

I watched the original "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" show when it was out, not every episode mind you but enough. When Netflix did a new version of the show (with new people) I gave it a try and enjoyed it (some episodes more than others of course) and when I found this audio book on Libby (and it was so short at just 4.15 hours) I gave it a listen.

Main Points:

I'm always interested in any book that is read by the author and this one is a little different as it's written by the Fab 5 and read by all of them. I'll admit that I found the first part a little on the slow side, while I enjoyed hearing the history of each of them, I really just wanted behind the scenes/new info on the show but soon I saw the true appeal of this book.

Instead of helping strangers (and we get to watch) this book is about the Fab 5 helping me (or when you listen you, of course) and you just take what you need from it.

All of them have nice speaking voices and the book is written in a very conversational style which takes a little getting used to but makes it a (mostly) fun listen. I realize when I watch the show I mostly only care about what Karamo says (he's a social worker and helps people deal with emotions/memories/improve their lives) and to a much lesser extent Antoni (the cook, not that I enjoy cooking but I do love food and wine!). The Karamo part gives you some really good tips for being happy and dealing with lots of different situations in life. As I grew up (and still work) in the beauty industry I know more about grooming/skin care/hair that most men would, so most of Jonathan's part just wasn't for me. Fashion has always been very dull for me (other than looking at women modelling, that is fascinating/beautiful).  I hate anything to do with remodeling/renovations so I had no interest in Bobby's part. The last part is about how to throw a perfect dinner party and as we almost never have those (and I don't care what would make it better) I didn't much care for the end. I also found the music was played WAY too often and it just annoyed me most of the time.

Final Thoughts:

That negativity out of the way I did enjoy this book. It was like a personal show for me, everyone has good speaking voices and it certainly wasn't too long. I would have listened to way more of Karamo and will have to listen to his book sometime. If you're a fan of the show you'll enjoy it more, for me this means a 7.5 out of 10 and a mild recommendation. I'll admit I'm not the ideal audience but will still take away some important advice and info. As usual not for children, some of the histories of the Fab 5 do have a little adult material, ages 12+.