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Publisher's Summary

A 2020 Audie Awards finalist - young adult

“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 best-selling 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.

©2019 Abdi Nazemian (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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It's the best book I have ever read!

It was an incredible experience read this book. I loved every word of it. The story, the characters and the narrators captivated my heart ❤️

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Loved this story and in love with the narrators

Wow, what a love story in so may different ways. It made me feel 18 again! Judy’s character stole the show and I wish she was my best friend! Btw does her narrator voice remind you of June Diane Raphael (Brianna) from Grace & Frankie ?

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100% recommend

Not only did I simply enjoy the writing of Abdi Nazemian and how he wove this story so well, but this book also filled my heart with happiness, pride, respect and passion! Like a Love Story shows many complex sides to the historical community of the LGBTQ of NYC. It is a rich novel with poignant, well-rounded characters whom you will love and grow with. Set in the middle of the AIDS epidemic before medical advances gave us the freedom to be HIV cautious but not afraid, this story tells important perspectives which deserve to be heard and need to be told. The legacy of those who fought and died for queer freedom, and of those who continue to do so in today’s global LGBTQIA2S+ community is alive and fighting in these pages. I love this book completely. Thank you, Abdi.

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  • Kelly *BookCrushin*
  • 2019-06-13

A must read for all

This book is set in 1989/1990 and is a snapshot of NYC life for a few teenagers and a whole lot of Queer folx fighting for their lives during the AIDS epidemic. It was so well done & I cried and I laughed and I reminisced. Such an important look at culture, family, and finding your true self.

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  • Rabia
  • 2020-09-29

Love the narration by Micheal crouch.

I was not a big fan of the this book. I don’t completely hate the book either. It had potential to be something amazing and explore topics on deeper levels but it fell short for me. The narration by Micheal crouch kept me going. I found the characters frustrating minus Art and uncle Steven. Art and uncle Steven were the only characters I liked. I found Rena to be a very annoying character, along with Judy and I wished that there were more scenes with uncle Steven.

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  • radiodarcy
  • 2020-09-28

Excellent!

The writing, the performance, the story are all phenomenal. This is an amazing work! Nazemian writes from multiple points of view with compassion and deep understanding. I was only in grade school during this time and while I understand the references now, hearing them in a different context has been wonderful.

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  • Jose
  • 2019-10-31

A beautiful and compelling story to read

This book was amazing. Initially it was a little slow pace however once the story developed itself it was well told. Historically beautiful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-03

Great book

It was a touching and heart warming story. I cried and cried. I highly recommend it.

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  • LATOYA LEWIS
  • 2021-10-28

Tell Your Story, it can help others

Not what I expected...great read. Speaking from a teens point of view life is broken down about sex, AIDS, homosexuality, friendship, love, virginity, and finding oneself no matter what your family or friends think. What's surprised me more was the Iranian boy( Reza) defying the odds and addressing his feelings and his sexual thoughts even though it's frowned upon in his culture. I loved that uncle Stephen was the teens sounding board because he himself libed through what they are experiencing. Uncle Stephen, an activist, is also a gay man dying from AIDS. Uncle Stephen exposes Madonna to the teens who grew to love her as much as him. This story has so much love, uncertainty and all the feels. Please read this, whether young adult or old hen. #Book33of2021 #bookworm
#Booklover #whatsnext

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  • Juan José Moreno Moguel
  • 2021-10-28

amazing story

amazing story about love, friendship, overcoming struggles and hope. Everyone should read this story

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  • LaVerna
  • 2021-10-07

Like a Heartbreak

This was beautiful and heartbreaking. An amazing story. I will be purchasing the physical book for my collection.

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  • ODavidRP
  • 2021-07-05

Una maravilla

una historia entrañable que coquetea con la realidad y aun así no te cansa ni pierde el ritmo.

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  • karina
  • 2021-06-17

BEAUTIFULLY NEEDED

Character development is outstanding. Such a beautiful story of life and journey and friendship. The narrators were perfect. Loved this book.