Booklist Reviews 2019 March #2
While France spent his teen years hoping he'd become a performer—a dream he surrendered when he acknowledged he couldn't act, sing, or dance—by the time he, now a successful designer in his thirties, got an out-of-the-blue call from a casting agent for Netflix's Queer Eye reboot, he was hesitant at best. His husband convinced him to take the call, and the rest is history. The Fab Five's fashion expert details a life spent in clothing's thrall, from visiting his granddad's denim factory in northern England through designing his own clothes as a teenager and starting, running, and selling his own businesses. France shares style tips and behind-the-scenes stories in his recognizable-on-the-page voice with lots of humor and well-formed opinions. He also writes movingly of little Tan, the strong-willed youngest child in his Pakistani-English Muslim family, the racism he experienced, and the othering he felt knowing that he was gay. Musing relatably on the wildness of newfound celebrity, he also reveals how proud he feels to have won fans and accolades for being fully himself. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2019 May
France, one of the stars of Netflix's Queer Eye, delivers with this fun, relatable memoir. From his childhood growing up as a Pakistani immigrant in England, where he experienced racism and bullying, to his challenges and triumphs as an entrepreneur, France offers a touching look at his past and present. Peppered throughout are fashion tips in short, PSA-style chapters, paying homage to France's past work as a fashion designer as well as his current role on Queer Eye. France speaks with candor about growing up gay in a traditional South Asian family, struggling to carve out his place in the world, falling in love with Salt Lake City, and marrying his husband, a real-life Mormon cowboy. Though his trajectory may be atypical, his story gives voice to many underrepresented areas and ultimately succeeds in spreading its message of personal acceptance and understanding.
PW Reviews 2019 February #4
France, the fashion guru of Netflix's