Click here for full review. Text below:Like a Love Story isn’t the first YA to touch on the AIDS Crisis, as readers of David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing,
Click here for full interview. Excerpt below: How much do you relate to the main character of Like a Love Story? The book is so close to my heart. I mean, it’s like a big piece of me is on the page. Of course, as with all novels, the story itself is fiction. I didn’t become an activist. I wasn’t walking up to necessarily meet people who could get me out of my shell that young. But on an emotional level, it’s very real. It’s very much about the emotions I was feeling when I was a teenager, and I moved to this country at a young age like the Reza character, who is a character in the book who moves to New York City as a teenage with his mom, who’s getting remarried. And suddenly he meets queer people and has exposure to a community that his culture really shielded him from and
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,
Click here to read the full review. Highlight below: This coming-of-age novel is truly a love story on many levels. It will speak to many and will also be a window into the past. Teens are often unaware of the full extent of the AIDS crisis and the activism required to get the government and health care community moving on treatment and a cure. It also provides a glimpse into some Persian culture and the experience of Iranian families living in the U.S. following the revolution. Get it soon if you enjoy historical fiction or love stories.
Click here for full review. Text below: When Reza, a closeted teen, moves from Toronto to New York City (“by way of Tehran”) in 1989, the city feels like the epicenter of the AIDS crisis. In a heart-wrenching and bittersweet unfolding of events, he gravitates toward Art, the only openly gay student at his school, and to Art’s best friend, Judy, who represents everything he feels that he should desire. Though Reza tries his hardest to keep his attractions secret, dating Judy despite his chemistry with Art, he finds that he can’t live a lie, whatever that might cost him. A first-person narrative moves among the three characters as they discover their inner truths at a time that sometimes feels apocalyptic for their community and loved ones. Under the nurturing guidance of Judy’s gay activist uncle, the characters subtly investigate different family dynamics. The intense and nuanced emotions evoked by the