Like a Love Story

Like a Love Story

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 It's 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just mov...

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Title:Like a Love Story
Author:Abdi Nazemian
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:Like a Love Story
Edition Language
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Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

Like a Love Story Reviews

  • Simone
    Aug 02, 2019
    Since I can't speak to this book as well as someone who's lived this life, I'm sharing a few reviews I've read on Goodreads for you. I hope this helps bring more understanding, but I encourage everyone to read this book. It made me cry and made me think and really made me want to read ...
  • Alana
    Jan 30, 2019
    Last thirty minutes spent in tears. Stayed up wayyyy too late last night finishing it. Just a lovely book about friendship and love and fear during the AIDS crisis. ...
  • Thomas
    Jun 20, 2019
    Could YA books with queer characters of color be any more iconic? I loved Like a Love Story and I'm so happy it exists, alongside books like Benjamin Alire Saenz's Ari and Dante and Kelly Loy Gilbert's Picture Us in the Light and more. What sets this novel apart from other similarl...
  • Erin Kelly
    Jul 07, 2019
    This book will save the lives of young people in the queer community. I mean that literally and figuratively. A necessary addition to the LGBTQ+ canon that is being (and will continue to be) embraced by many?and rightly so. I?m happy this book is in the world. XOXO ...
  • Dominic
    Jun 07, 2019
    Truly one of the best books I've read all year, Like a Love Story has the potential for wide appeal, but perhaps its greatest strength is how unflinchingly queer it is. Abdi Nazemian writes a book that could be (and honestly should be) read by everyone, but it is above all a love lette...
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    Jul 25, 2019
    Actual Rating: 4.75 stars! Wow. This was incredible. Definitely one of those inspiring stories that will stick with you for a long time. Note: I'm taking a bit of a hiatus from reviewing. I need a bit of a break from the pressures of reviewing, so I'm just going with the flow...
  • Anyta Sunday
    Jun 12, 2019
    I feel like I fought and I loved and I lived through these dynamic, flawed characters. I feel like crying. I feel like loving and loving and loving. Like a Love Story gifts us every shade of the emotional rainbow. ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jul 03, 2019
    3.5 stars. I liked this a lot more than Nazemian's last book. The characters are really well drawn, and while you have a pretty good idea of how everything is going to go down, it's a nice journey. I suspect younger readers will enjoy this much more than me because I was alive durin...
  • Dahlia
    Apr 27, 2019
    This was so special. More thoughts soon. ...
  • Natalia Sylvester
    Aug 06, 2019
    This is such a beautifully-written book that honors the lives, love and legacy of the LGBTQ activists who fought for justice during the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic. Nazemian writes so tenderly of the heartbreak & fear experienced by his teenage characters who only want to love ...
  • Cheska the Great is Not Okay
    Jun 19, 2019
    TOTAL READING TIME: 5 hours. My eighth book for Pride Month 2019! These are going to be some strong words, but: this isn't just my favorite out of all the books I've read this month for Pride Month. This is my absolute favorite queer Young Adult book of all time. I know there ...
  • Larry H
    Jun 06, 2019
    Wow, this book hit very close to home for me. It's 1989 in New York City. Reza has just moved with his mother to live with his wealthy new stepfather and stepbrother, and attend his final year of high school. He knows he likes boys but all he sees in the media are images of people d...
  • Neville Longbottom
    Jun 09, 2019
    4.5 - This was excellent. Like a Love Story follows three teenagers in the late 80s & early 90s in New York City during the height of the AIDS epidemic. Reza, a closeted Iranian boy who has just moved to the city, meets Art, an openly gay student, and his best friend Judy. The stor...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    Jun 30, 2019
    rep: gay Iranian mc, gay mc For the first time in my life, I know what being gay is all about. It?s not about the wet dreams, or the jerking off, or the ability to impersonate your diva of choice. It?s about the feeling you get when you look into another person?s eyes and have...
  • Diana
    May 02, 2019
    The book follows 3 teens that are kind of misfits and find a way to belong. There is Reza, an Iranian boy who is new at the school and is struggling with where his dad left them and more importantly, the fact he is attracted to guys. He feels he is not normal, hopes it is a fase that h...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    May 23, 2019
    wowowowow, this is one of those stories that hollows you out completely and then makes you whole again. it?s a love letter to the queer community, and to past queer activists who have paved the way for all of us to live better lives today. I can?t think of a better read heading int...
  • Amanda Van Parys
    Aug 16, 2019
    Great coming-of-age, GLBT+ story. Set in the height of the AIDS epidemic - a truly horrific time and I can only imagine what our GLBT+ community went through, to be ignored politically, religiously, and by large swaths of the healthcare research field. These stories always touch me and...
  • Christy
    Jun 14, 2019
    Excuse me but I'll just be over here in a puddle of tears until the dawn of the end of time. ...
  • Hollis
    May 17, 2019
    LIKE A LOVE STORY is a little like a love story, really. But more in the sense of love for oneself, one's body, and one's community. I think it did a really good job of that, particularly when propped up against the setting, but when it comes to the love story, the romance, within the ...
  • R.K. Gold
    Jul 24, 2019
    So close to five but just couldn?t get there: Super developed character: Stephen: mentor character and activist who showed the gravity of any situation while offering comic relief. Reza: one of the 3 protagonists and POVs. Deals with being an immigrant, a POC, homosexual, a...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Apr 28, 2019
    Like a Love Story is the kind of book I wish I read as a teen when I was still navigating the pathways of my sexuality and needed the kindness of a friend who sits with you in comfort by the fire and can?t change what?s wrong but reminds you that you're not alone. When I finish...
  • Hussein Baher
    Jul 31, 2019
    *clears voice* *taps mic* AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I'll probably write a coherent review later on... Maybe not. But until then GO READ THIS. Gtg cry in a corner. ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Oct 12, 2018
    "...a love story & a love letter to activism, NY, & Madonna." this looks great! ...
  • Veronika
    Jul 19, 2019
    This book is a love letter to all things queer, friendship, New York and Madonna. It also speaks beautifully about fighting against homophobia, prejudices and trying to survive AIDS. I could go without a love triangle, but everything else in this book was just wonderful. (And even ...
  • N (they/them)
    Jul 10, 2019
    5 stars TW: graphic AIDS related complications and deaths, hospitalization, closeted characters, homophobia & homophobic slurs, self-hatred, poor parent-child relationships, death of a parent, health-related anxiety, racism & racist slurs Rep: Iranian immigrant gay boy MC, ...
  • Kendall
    May 06, 2019
    This book.....blew me out of the water. Oh my god. I was really intrigued by a YA book set during the height of the AIDS epidemic considering how prevalent queer stories are becoming in YA. Seeing as teenagers today (myself included, obviously) weren't alive to experience the devas...
  • Noora
    Jul 15, 2019
    4.5/5 A few months ago, i dmed Abdi Nazemian on insta and asked him "between 1 and aristotle and dante, how gay is your book going to be?" And he told me its gay. Its very, very gay. And he wasn't lying. This is a fantastic book. Let's start with that. It's set in the late 80s, way...
  • j.chestnut
    Feb 10, 2019
    The most important four-letter word in our history will always be LOVE. That's what we are fighting for. That's who we are. Love is our legacy. guys. this book is breathtaking. i finished this and it might be because i finished at 11:30 pm but i was sobbing. this book is so good. i...
  • Jerico
    Jun 19, 2019
    Nazemian has graced us with his impeccable writing, poignant storytelling and a nuanced and meaningful read. So much honesty, courage and potpourri of emotions portrayed in a single book. RTC. Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray for providing this ARC in e...
  • Mads
    Aug 04, 2019
    I feel bad giving this a one star rating because I know it's by an own voices author but I had so many issues with it. The story itself could've been powerful as it takes place in the 1980s during the AIDS crisis. But the characters ruined it for me. They're extremely flawed and not in...