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Like a Love Story

Written by: Abdi Nazemian
Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose, Vikas Adam, Michael Crouch
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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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This book is everything, magnificent

Words cannot capture the brilliance and power that is this book. The author's talents are beyond reproach and this novel is an unrivaled source of life, death, history, beauty, promise, and grief. This is true magnificence and thoroughly entertaining, if not heavy and heartbreaking. I want the entire world to read this book.

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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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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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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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