Read: LIKE A LOVE STORY chosen as a best book of the year by EW, YALSA, Audible, NYPL, Buzzfeed and more

LIKE A LOVE STORY, an Indie Next Pick and Junior Library Guild Selection, has been chosen as a best book of the year by: Entertainment Weekly - click here to read what they had to say YALSA - click here for the complete list New York Public Library - click here for the complete list Chicago Public Library - click here for the complete list Audible - click here for the complete list Buzzfeed - click here for the complete list

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Read: Frolic asks Abdi Nazemian five questions about LIKE A LOVE STORY

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Aurora: What was your inspiration behind your most recent novel?
Abdi: This is the story I’ve been wanting to tell since I started writing because it’s the most personal story I can think of, and one I don’t feel has ever been told. It’s about the fear and shame I felt as a queer immigrant kid who moved to the U.S. at the height of this country’s AIDS epidemic. And it’s also the story of the way I was able to overcome that fear and shame thanks to people who allowed me to see and accept myself for the first time. I was inspired to write this in honor of so many artists, activists and friends who have allowed me to have the life I have now. ACT UP inspired me. Madonna inspired me. All the friends and teachers who accepted me as a teen

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Read: Interview with Blue Willow Bookshop for Houston TeenBookCon

Abdi attended the 2018 TeenBookCon in Houston. Check out an interview he did with Blue Willow Bookshop in anticipation of the event. Read the full interview here. An excerpt:

We’ve read that one of your goals for your books is to tell stories of gay characters in immigrant communities. Can you tell us about why that’s important to you and how you plan to continue representing those characters?

When I realized I was gay, there were no stories about gay Iranians out there. It made me feel like I didn’t exist, or like the world didn’t want me to exist. So telling these stories feels like writing myself into existence, and giving the teenage me the stories he needed. Hopefully, the stories also give other queer people from immigrant communities some narratives to look to if they want to see themselves. The queer immigrant experience is often very different from the queer

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