Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas is an instant New York Times Bestseller and an Indie Bestseller – so believe the hype! Oh and have I mentioned that this book has my whole heart! I absolutely devoured it and loved each and every minute.
Anyone else hate that feeling of having no words to express yourself and you just want to – you know – throw the book at people? Well that is kind of what we at Team BookCrushin did. I alone bought 8 copies of this book and only 2 of them live with me, that is how much I wanted to share the love for Cemetery Boys! So clearly we have an extra copy which means giveaway! Check out instagram post embedded below for a chance to win a hand signed copy of Cemetery Boys!
Cemetery Boysby Aiden Thomas
Published by: Swoon Reads
on September 1, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, GLBTQIA+
A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as "groundbreaking."
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.
I don’t even know where to begin, except that I loved every single word of Cemetery Boys. What a brilliant and fun story; filled with a mystery to solve, loveable characters, a sarcastic ghost, and a trans narrative that is absolutely affirming. Seriously, this book has it all.
We have fun and realistic characters. Honestly, every character was meaningful and helped give the worldbuilding extra depth. Yadriel, Martiza, and Julian are simply the best. I would absolutely want to be friends with them and also defend them with my life. Which is how fictional characters should make you feel, right? AND I TOTALLY HAD A CASE OF THE FEELS…all the emotions while reading this one.
While there are stressful factors for our characters, including mysterious murders, death as well as grief, transphobia and misgendering, however the book truly is joyful. Full of Latinx culture, learning, growth, as well as love and acceptance. I think there are many morals to learn and especially for cis readers to understand and experience the agony that trans folx experience especially when misgendered. I can only hope that from understanding and experiencing these traumas will and can lead to empathy and visibility.
The debut narrator, Avi Roque, was perfect. Their voice was full of emotion and was absolutely brilliant in helping me get lost in the story. I’m looking forward to hearing more of Avi’s voice!
This book has my whole heart. I can’t even imagine how impactful it will be for teens to be represented and to see themselves in this novel. Plus it is perfect for this time of year with all the fall vibes, magic, and ghosts. It is one of my favorite books I read this year and I really hope many of you too, will read Cemetery Boys.
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