Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian is a story about being a teen in NYC in 1989. It is also about finding your identity, your place in your life, and a bit about Madonna. It is also in throws of the AIDs epidemic and activism. I am so excited for this book. The cover is perfect and punk and so 80s. It is hard for me to come to grips with the fact the 80s is considered historical fiction, but then again the oldies radio station I listened to as kid played 50s & 60s music now plays 80s music…so yeah the times are changing. The only bad thing I have to say is that we have to wait until June 6th for this book to release. I will glady accept an ARC if anyone is listening (lol). Also, I know I am posting a ton of LGBTQIA+ books, but there are so many and I can’t help but be so damn excited for the increase in diverse books this year (and of course it grows every year!). So if you are as excited about Like a Love Story as I am, be sure to put it on your TBR.
Like a Love Storyby Abdi Nazemian
Published by Balzer + Bray
on June 4, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Romance, GLBTQIA+
"A love letter to queerness, self-expression, and individuality (also Madonna) that never shies away from the ever-present fear within the queer community of late '80s New York, Like a Love Story made me feel so full--of hope, love, courage, pride, and awe for the many people who fought for love and self-expression in the face of discrimination, cruelty, and death.
"A book for warriors, divas, artists, queens, individuals, activists, trend setters, and anyone searching for the courage to be themselves."--Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
It's 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing.
Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He's terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he's gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media's images of men dying of AIDS.
Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS who devotes his time to activism as a member of ACT UP. Judy has never imagined finding romance...until she falls for Reza and they start dating.
Art is Judy's best friend, their school's only out and proud teen. He'll never be who his conservative parents want him to be, so he rebels by documenting the AIDS crisis through his photographs.
As Reza and Art grow closer, Reza struggles to find a way out of his deception that won't break Judy's heart--and destroy the most meaningful friendship he's ever known.
This is a bighearted, sprawling epic about friendship and love and the revolutionary act of living life to the fullest in the face of impossible odds.