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Like a Love Story

Written by: Abdi Nazemian
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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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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  • 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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  • CMB4062
  • 2020-08-05

Simply Amazing

I downloaded this based on the positive reviews and was NOT disappointed. This is like nothing else I have ever read and I don't even know where to begin in writing the review. Reza, Judy, and Art are REAL and the performance of this was phenomenal. I generally don't like Michael Crouch as a narrator. His parts always seem so downtrodden and depressed. And, at first, I thought I was in for a similar performance. (Which I was...) I felt like the chapters narrated by him (Michael Crouch) the tone of voice, pacing of speech, volume... just didn't match when the other narrators were performing lines that Art's character was saying. But, then I realized the crux of Art is that he comes across so confident and unabashed, but, on the inside, he's unsure of himself. And it made Michael Crouch's performance match the trueness of the character so perfectly! I laughed during the book and spent the last 30 minutes crying. I learned a lot about AIDS activism and history. I've always been a huge fan of the musical RENT and have seen it no less than 8 times. This book helped me make parallels between the two and understand some aspects of history that I didn't know before. I seriously loved these characters. I loved that the ending was real. I loved that everyone grew and changed and became enlightened in their own ways. The relationship between everyone and their parents, the relationships between each character and one another... it was all just real and beautiful. The bottom line is- READ IT.

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  • jnk
  • 2020-07-28

This book is a must

This has got to be the most powerful book I have listened to on audible and has quickly made it to my favorite books of all time. This is such a gut-wrenching beautiful piece of art.

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  • Richard Johnson
  • 2020-05-07

Perfect for our time. There is no future without a past.

It is important to remember those who came before us. Who built the bridges so that we may cross the river.

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  • Rebecca Nesson
  • 2020-05-01

My Review on Like a Love Story

This was one of the best books ever! this is a need to read. Though, the book is definitely 12+...👍

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  • Daniel
  • 2020-04-04

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Amazing and pure love! This book is about true friendship, love and history that we can't never forget.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-13

This love story moves me.

I love the story. This era brings so many memories. So life like. Narration awesomeness.

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  • Brian K
  • 2019-06-13

Life & Raw Human Emotion

Skillfully crafted tale of relationships, conflict, tragedy and, above all, love during the early years of AIDS. Stunningly woven with characters with real heart and deeply emotional experiences. Wow!