Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother?s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town. Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love int Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, a...

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Title:Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens
Author:Tanya Boteju
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Genres:LGBT
ISBN:Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens Reviews

  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    Jun 11, 2019
    'Maybe, if I could change thing up somehow, I might be able to fill some of that blank space. And maybe, if I weren?t so blank, people would actually be drawn to me. To want me.' Accurate rating: 2.5 stars Despite the loose, disjointed writing and uncoordinated plot, this...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    Jun 25, 2019
    This took a bit to get into but I don?t think I stopped smiling for the last 100 pages. Delightful, messy, and perfect. I cannot wait to see what Tanya Boteju writes next. ...
  • Larry H
    Jun 16, 2019
    3.5 stars. Tanya Boteju's debut novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens is an unabashedly charming book about finding yourself and being true to who you are. It's a book with humor, sensitivity, and so much heart, and it definitely left me with a smile on my face. (It's much less co...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Apr 26, 2019
    Nima thought her summer would be spend endlessly pining after the gorgeous Ginny, but she's swept into a world of drag kings, drag queens, and everything in-between. This was an inclusive and welcoming debut novel that I really, really wanted to love a lot more than I did. The re...
  • Seth
    May 11, 2019
    Re-read was just as great as the first time! ...
  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    Jul 12, 2019
    I received a free e-copy through NetGalley from the publishers at Simon Pulse. Trigger warnings: homophobia, slurs, gender dysphoria, alcoholism, violence, bullying, abandonment, underage drinking, underage romance, vomiting. Nima is tired of her boring life in small-town Bridgeton,...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    May 03, 2019
    I loved the depiction of drag, the first blush of meeting other queer people, and exploring your place in the LGBTQ community. At times this YA about little awkward baby dyke Nima really brought me back to that period in my life. I loved the supportive adults in Nima's life: her hippie...
  • Kazen
    Jun 23, 2019
    I love this book for all of the own voices elements and the loving depiction of drag, but it doesn't escape some first book shakiness. The good: - Nima's father is awesome, never a given in YA. He's absent later in the book so she can do her thing, which is more usual, but yeah. ...
  • Danielle
    Jun 15, 2019
    Ugh, this book took me soooo long to get through! (I guess you could say it?dragged. Sorry, I couldn?t resist!) When I first heard about this book, I knew it was a must-read for this year's Pride Month. You don't come across many, if any, books about drag culture in YA. And not ...
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    Apr 03, 2019
    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens is a book I had been anticipating for its unique premise. This book about new experiences and self-exploration is uplifting, and there is a strong cast of characters within. That being said, parts of the plo...
  • Anniek
    May 16, 2019
    This story is just as messy as real life is, and that makes it very realistic. But it also made it, well, a messy read. There are so many themes and plotlines that the author could have easily filled three separate books with them, and as a result none of them get the attention they de...
  • Katie.dorny
    Aug 08, 2019
    This was a enjoyable and fluffy debut from an author I am looking forward to reading more of. Here we meet Nima, a young woman trying to expire her identity and her past in a sleepy town. It?s not an original concept by any means, but the plot was so soft and made me smile that it...
  • Avery (Book Deviant)
    May 20, 2019
    actual rating 4.5!! As someone who just recently met the drag community, I have to admit that I related to this book A LOT. there was a lot going on that was mostly resolved, but a little bit *more* would've been nice. full review to come!! ...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Jul 04, 2019
    CW: homophobia, homophobic slurs, bullying, parental abandonment I picked this up on a whim having no expectations whatsoever and ended up loving it SO MUCH!! This books fills my heart with so much joy because of the wonderfully awkward and shy lesbinan black main character who open...
  • Amber
    May 26, 2019
    More of a 2.5 star rating. I want to say that my rating doesn't mean this book was bad , I just though it was O.K and didn't get the enjoyment I wanted to from it. I think The Final Empire wrecked me a bit. I felt like I needed more. ...
  • Acqua
    Jun 18, 2019
    Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens is a contemporary story following Nima Kumara-Clark, a biracial Sri Lankan lesbian, as she learns the benefits of going out of her comfort zone through the local drag scene. I have read a lot of queer books, but none of them prominently featured drag p...
  • ellie
    Feb 12, 2018
    holy shit? am i reading this right? a desi girl whos queer? this has HIGH hype for me now even though i know NOTHING about drag so this will be interesting ...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    Mar 17, 2019
    *This arc was provided by Simon Pulse via Netgalley in return for my honest review.* "With each passing moment, I'd get that feeling you sometimes have the moment you're about to flip the final page of a really good book, when your anticipation for what happens next overwhelms you, ...
  • Eloise
    May 27, 2019
    3.5 Everything about this book was good, but not quite polished enough for me. My main issue is that not much actually got resolved and left me wondering why the book stopped where it did... Not every plot point of a story needs to be resolved, but most of the interesting ones we s...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Nov 17, 2017
    queer brown girl learning about drag and nightlife seems like a really good concept thanks ...
  • mina reads™️
    Jun 29, 2019
    Uhhhhhhhhh ...
  • theo
    May 16, 2019
    this book was mostly sweet, but also, in parts, very frustrating. spoilers below, but generally: if you're looking for a pretty standard coming-of-age tale, and an #ownvoices story about realizing who you truly are and who you belong with, definitely check this one out! it's very queer...
  • N (they/them)
    Jun 15, 2019
    2.5 stars TW: homophobia, homophobic slurs, bullying, parental abandonment, underage drinking, underage romance, violence Rep: biracial Sri Lankan lesbian MC i really enjoyed the relationships that were formed in this book, but i did find the main character a bit hard to connect ...
  • Kendall
    Apr 22, 2019
    2.5 stars* Thanks so much to Simon Pulse and Netgalley for graciously gifting me with the ARC of this one! I wanted to love this....so much. I loved the idea of a young lesbian of color being allowed to find herself and love amongst the backdrop of drag culture. I loved the fac...
  • sapphic madeline
    Feb 09, 2018
    WHOA WHOA WHOA. HOLD UP. did someone just say biracial queer girl because THAT?S ME AND I?M ALL FOR IT. ...
  • Stella (Paper Wings)
    Jun 17, 2019
    4.5 stars?? I don't know why I'm so surprised to have enjoyed this but I want to be a drag king now RTC ...
  • Ivy
    Jan 31, 2019
    Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com... Overall, I really enjoyed Kings, Queens, an In-Betweens. It was a diversely queer novel, with a fairly original concept and uniquely real characters. Tanya Boteju has a lot of talent, so her future is infinite. My hope for ...
  • Jesse bowtiesandbooks
    Jun 12, 2019
    Synopsis: Nima's life closely resembles a wildfire. She's in love with a straight girl, her mom split (leaving both her and her loving, goofy dad), and she's bored to death with her life - but when a chance encounter with a dazzling drag queen sends Nima head first into the drag s...
  • Rhiannon Watkins
    Jun 08, 2019
    1.5* I really, really wanted to love this book. The concept was so cool to me and I feel like it had so much potential. I absolutely adored the main character, Nima. She is the awkward baby-dyke that I would have lived for in a protagonist at the age of 14. The diversity in this...
  • Brianna Carrasco
    Mar 18, 2019
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm sorry, but I just was not a big fan of this book. I--along with many others--was first interested in the book because of the diversity and amazing representation. This book features a cast of charact...