The fact that The Best Gender-Neutral Baby Name Book by Melanie Mannarino exists was a really exciting moment for me. In fact, I was pretty thrilled to have the chance to peruse through one. Now, I do happen to be cisgendered, so I’ve never personally experienced how it feels to be born in a gender that does not match the gender I feel I have. But I do hope to have children one day and the truth is that it isn’t really fair to these children to grow up with a name that they feel misrepresents their gender. And I genuinely find myself interested in the idea of giving any child I might have a gender-neutral name. And so I really enjoyed reading through the names collected within this book. And I would love to see more of them out there in the future.
One of the best things about this book is that it was inclusive, pulling names from various cultures in order to offer a wider variety of names to those who want to give their children the opportunity to have a name that doesn’t conform to a specific gender. And, I think, as a writer, this book is an amazing opportunity for choosing character names. And for that, I cannot help being incredibly happy to have gotten a chance to give this book a read through.
For the most part, I think The Best Gender-Neutral Baby Names was pretty useful overall. I really enjoyed seeing names that I wouldn’t have ordinarily considered gender-neutral. There were, admittedly, a few that I didn’t feel really fit as I generally see them with a specific gender, however overall I was really impressed with the collection. I do have to admit, though, that I wasn’t overly fond of all the names that were based on states like Dakota and Tennessee.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.