Read: BN Teen Blog’s rave review of LIKE A LOVE STORY

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In every marginalized community, there comes a point where you can feel that generational divide, where you realize that this generation’s biggest concerns are wildly different from last generation’s. And that is, of course, largely the success of activism, of paving the way for a better future. But every year, I notice that nothing highlights this generational divide quite like Pride month, when, for some, history sits front and center, while others are immersed in all the ways queer identity and expression have changed during the rise of the digital age and social media in particular. It can be a difficult gap to bridge, and it doesn’t help that queer history rarely features in YA. Abdi Nazemian’s Like a Love Story isn’t the first YA to touch on the AIDS Crisis, as readers of David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing,

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Read: LIKE A LOVE STORY gets an A from Entertainment Weekly

Click here for full review. Text below: Like a Love Story adds to the renewed interest in 1980s New York City we’ve seen of late, from Ava DuVernay’s exploration of the Central Park jogger case When They See Us to Ryan Murphy’s portrayal of the pulsating ball culture that rose during the decade in Pose. It was a time that saw the emergence of groundbreaking stars like Madonna and activists fighting for members of the LGBTQ community and those grappling with the AIDS virus, a disease that spread as fast as the misinformation about it. But the setting is just one of many reasons why Abdi Nazemian’s Like a Love Story serves as a meaningful historical and cultural record. The novel weaves together three storylines and tackles a range of ever pertinent subject matters: the immigrant experience, the sacrifice of advocacy, and the struggle one faces when they fail to fall in line with social norms. Set in 1989,

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