Like A Love Story

Like A Love Story

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062839367
Characteristics: 413 pages ; 22 cm


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May 26, 2020

Wonderful story about first loves, sexual identity, and activism during the AIDS crisis of the late 1980s in NYC. I loved these characters, and thought they were depicted realistically with both (+) and (-) adult role models. As a mother and doctor, because of a short, consensual love scene towards the end of the novel, it is probably more appropriate for teens 16+. Although emotionally mature younger teens and their parents might be okay with it, I don't think it was appropriate for my 14yo son quite yet. It did open up discussions about AIDS, safe sex, and Madonna so that was great, until I started playing Madonna and dancing (he did not think I was very cool!) :-).

Apr 03, 2020

My heart is broken.

This book takes place during the height of AIDS denial in New York. Many are dying but especially gay men (of color) are dying left and right while folks either ignore, deny, or relish in their belief that that's just what "fags" deserve.

The fear and the love in this book is so palpable I found myself laughing out loud, sobbing, and mentally bargaining with the author to please just deny history and make this a "happily ever after" book.

We are living in an era where we have seem so much change and so much for better that it's all the more heartbreaking to see it sliding back. To know how many have died, suffered, been persecuted all in the name of love and continue to do so, is the most heartbreaking history of all. We are seeing a growing tide of hate, whether it's the shooting at Pulse Nightclub, or the massively rising list of murdered black transgender women everyday. It's hard to feel hopeful, but if this book can show you anything it's that we're stronger together and we will prevail TOGETHER.

"You are not alone, you never will be, because you have a constantly evolving history full of ghosts who are watching over you, who are proud of you."

Jan 05, 2020

I like this book I want to recommended this book to others because its showing us the equality of society to the lgbtq

Man, 2019 has been such a good year for books. I find myself finding a novel and thinking “MAN, this is the best book of the year...”, and then I find ANOTHER one and then I can’t decide on which one’s better. “Like a Love Story” is, without a doubt, one of these. I’ll just say it: this has to be the best historical fiction of 2019. Let’s leave it there.

“Like a Love Story” moved me emotionally, like no other historical fiction really has. It managed to depict such a dark time in history in a way that was not only heavy and moving, but beautifully poetic, and almost hopeful, at times. The writing deftly transported me to the streets of New York, circa 1989. To say that Nazemian’s storytelling tugged at my heartstrings would be a disservice; this novel ripped them in half.

Often times, the qualities of characters are a make-or-break-it situation for me when it comes to a novel. Most of the time, a character’s flaws take away from my overall experience of the book. But with this novel, I was not only able to see past many of the main character’s negative qualities--I sympathized with them. Art, in particular. His anger and impulsivity almost made me squirm (and he was something of a jerk at times...), but I’d say that I completely understood his motives about 85% of the time. Along with him, I absolutely adored Reza, Judy, Stephen, Jimmy...God, this book will have a special place in my heart long after this year.

I doubt I’ll ever forget this novel. This is one of those books that everybody--yes, everybody--should read. Not just because it will open your eyes to the AIDS crisis and the struggles of being an LGBTQ+ teenager in such a time, but because the writing will sweep you off of your feet, and latch onto your heart forever. A+, 100/100, and all of the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy to this gem. Thank you, Mr. Nazemian.

JCLMegB Oct 09, 2019

Great YA historical fiction that really gives insight into what it was like to live as an LGBTQ+ person in the mid-80's. The characters are vivid, the storyline is informative and covers so. much. stuff. and I learned things about gay culture and AIDS activism that I had no idea about before reading this book. Beautifully written. I loved that there was a straight female teen who falls in love with a closeted gay teen. Realistic and thought-provoking.
Readers be advised that there are numerous sexual situations detailed in this story.

KyCCL Oct 01, 2019

Wow! What a story! Life, love, loss ... this is all about the challenges of being a teenager, especially if you or your best mates are gay at the height of the AIDS epidemic. I felt all the feelings in this book... and its ending had me in tears. A must-read.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Aug 28, 2019

I wish I could insert myself right into the circle of family, friends, and community in this book. While it was an extremely sad, anger inducing, scary time, the love surrounding these characters, even in the face of prejudice from so many, was just... to quote the youngsters... everything. This one will make you feel. A lot. And if you're a Madonna fan... all the better.

LPL_WilliamO Aug 16, 2019

Oh, this one's gorgeous. You'll fall in love with the characters and learn so much about a dark, yet significant and hopeful era in queer history. Highly recommended, especially if you stan the 80s, Madonna, and New York City!

Tigard_LisaE Jul 18, 2019

It's 1989 in Manhattan and the AIDS epidemic, assisted by apathetic politicians and drug companies, has devastated the gay community. The people of the Act Up movement refuse to be destroyed, however, and they continue on, fighting for their lives, their future, and their right to live fully within the specter of disease. I remember this time, but young people today never experienced it first hand or even peripherally, and I am so thankful that this is now historical fiction. And I am grateful that Abdi Nazemian though to tell this story in such a compelling and authentic way. There is much here for any teen to relate to: The power of friendship and what happens when that bond breaks, the obsession of first love, the desire to leave the closet behind, fear of mortality, fear of the future, fear of the truth, fear of familial expectations. Music, fashion, ice cream. The three characters who alternate chapters to tell their story are complex and believable, but most of all I love Uncle Stephen, who reminds me of so many people I've known.

Jul 13, 2019

I will tell you now: I cried while reading this book. This book takes place during the AIDS crisis which plays a large role in how the story unfolds. You are immediately plunged into a world of activism and the heartbreaking emotions and experiences that the LGBTQ+ community experienced as they lost countless of friends and family to an incurable disease. Nazemian's characters journey through one of the most important and painful periods in time for the LGBTQ+ community with grace, beauty, and a large dose of Madonna. By far one of my favorite reads of 2019.

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