Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon

Ziggy, Stardust and Me

The year is 1973. The Watergate hearings are in full swing. The Vietnam War is still raging. And homosexuality is still officially considered a mental illness. In the midst of these trying times is sixteen-year-old Jonathan Collins, a bullied, anxious, asthmatic kid, who aside from an alcoholic father and his sympathetic neighbor and friend Starla, is completely alone. To cope, Jonathan escapes to the safe haven of his imagination, where his hero...

Details Ziggy, Stardust and Me

TitleZiggy, Stardust and Me
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
GenreLGBT, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews Ziggy, Stardust and Me

  • Anniek
    Can I please just have alllll the LGBTQ+ historical novels? There's really something special about them, and this one was no different in that sense.This is actually a very heavy novel, and it's really violent at times. But it's also such an important novel, about a boy dealing with and trying to overcome internalized homophobia in a time where homosexuality was still seen as a mental illness. At the start of the book, he genuinely believes he's ...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "The things that scare you the most are the things that bring you closer to who you’re meant to be."Ziggy Stardust is someone that I admire. He didn't care what anyone thought and did whatever he wanted to do. (This is why he's tattooed on my body) So when I saw the title of this book and saw the cover, I knew that I needed to read this. And I'm so glad that I did because it was beautiful and heartbreaking and it completely destroyed me. Omg!! ...
  • AJ
    *Runs around the streets chucking this book at every human in sight* *is crying* JUST READ IT!!!!!I’m just. Words? Nah this review is going to be strictly me gushing incoherently. This book needs some attention RIGHT NOW because I’m not seeing anYONE TALKING ABOUT IT AND ITS PERFECT. I swear to god the next time someone says something like “being gay is unnatural and the people saying they’re gay are just looking for attention” I’m go...
  • Sara
    This was really quite heavy. Jonathan is a 17 year old gay boy in 1973 St. Louis, undergoing shock treatments to help him overcome his homosexuality. Plus, he's getting bullied by the straights at school and his dad is a sad drunk who treats Jonathan like shit. That's a lot. Also, my straight dad was also 17 in 1973 and it was weird for me to imagine him in high school and hoping he wasn't one of the "apes" who tortured kids like Jonathan. But ye...
  • Anna 'Bookbuyer'
    So this was pretty damn close to a freaking 5 star except for a few things I didn’t like. I was not a fan of the setting. Except for the amazing plot I would have never read this as I don’t like books set in the 20th century. So happy I was able to overcome my prejudice and read this anyway.I hate how fast the ending was wrapped up. Also call me crazy but I was a bit disappointed it was hea. I mean a lot actual people in the seventies very li...
  • Jouska
    *3.5Ziggy, Stardust & Me took me a hot second to get used to. The style takes full advantage of the first-person perspective, with a beautiful, melodic rhythm, but also tends to exaggerate with its poetry and imagery. By claiming too much attention, it chipped away the emotional impact of some scenes. While I cannot speak for the accuracy of the historical language, I can see that the book could have benefitted from less abstract and more showing...
  • Anabell
    I kept putting off reading this book, and can’t believe I did. This book deserves more hype. This was so much better than I thought it was going to be and is now one of my favorites. It kinda reminded me of Aristotle & Dante.
  • Rose Angelus
    Wow. This was beautiful.
  • Chris
    I stayed up waaay too late finishing this. It was just impossible to stop reading. The story is gorgeous and heartbreaking in the best way. The characters are incredible. I’ve never read anything like it. As soon as it comes out this August, get on it! You need this book in your life
  • Lisa The Novel Approach
    The 70s was a decade ushered in by the Manson murder trials and ushered out by the decline of disco fever, while in between, there were notable social and political markers—Vietnam, Watergate, the uprising at Wounded Knee, the surge of second wave feminism… It was a turbulent decade dictated by social flux and generational discord, flower power and the hippie movement, and Brandon captures the era beautifully as the setting for Jonathan Colli...
  • Aldi
    I wish I could feel more enthusiastic than a lukewarm 2.5 about this one. I wanted to like this book a lot more. It's visually gorgeous (I mean, damn, look at that cover). I quite like the recent trend of queer YA books exploring previous decades as a setting and was intrigued by the 70s background. It features a Native American love interest, a direly underrepresented minority. It deals with important themes of recent history, like the horrors o...
  • Yousef
    Psychologically speaking, I can feel some degree of depth but also a fair amount of superficiality.You can't navigate a troubled soul with just messing with psychological concepts to make an interesting scenes. The 15th of December, 1973 is the dawn of a new era in this world. And as a psychiatric-to-be I'm so happy that this profession is evolving.
  • Mere
    (I got pre-order goodies! And they're awesome!)Jonathan is sixteen years old, growing up in 1973. He struggles with his alcoholic father and his sexuality. He relies on his best friend Starla, and on the idea that his "treatments" will one day make him normal. And then a new boy named Web moves into town and he's about to turn Jonathan's world upside down. This book was absolutely mind-blowing amazing. A solid 5/5 stars for me. There is so much t...
  • Laura Sibson
    James Brandon's debut YA is a queer historical YA that is absolutely packed with compassion. I loved the 70's references and especially appreciated the musical references woven throughout the novel. But what makes this novel so wonderful is the way that the author handled the main character's initially sense of self-disgust and his transformation toward self-love. This is a book that will speak to many teens who have felt alone, utterly different...
  • Kisses A
    Read for O. W. L. S Readaton This was so heartwarming, unexpected and so so soft. Frtc
  • Karol Silverstein
    I’ve been dying to read Ziggy, Stardust & Me by debut author James Brandon ever since hearing the one-line description last year. I’m drawn to GLBTQ+ stories and dig all things 70’s. Those two things together? Bliss! But sometimes when your expectations for a book are super high, the real deal struggles to live up to those expectations…Thankfully, that was in no way the case with this book! Something I wasn’t necessarily expecting is ma...
  • ReadingwithAmy
    3.5/5✨TW: Alcoholism, Parental death, Conversion Therapy, Shock Therapy, Racism, Homophobia, Abuse, Bullying, potential sexual assault of a minor. A huge thank you to Penguin Teen Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for a review❤My rating for this book has been teetering back and forth. I keep going between a 3 to a 4-star rating. For the first half of this book, I really struggled to get into the story. At times the 70s references can b...
  • Clare O'Connor
    In the summer of 1973 in Missouri, sixteen-year-old Jonathan Collins struggles to change who he is in Ziggy, Stardust and Me. Influenced by an alcoholic and homophobic father and a mental health professional who was taught that homosexuality was a mental illness in need of a cure, Johnathan is desperate to change his very nature. The author does a great job of making Johnathan a loveable, smart, brave character who initially buys in to the fact t...
  • Michael
    What a different book. The conversion aversion therapy angle poor Jonathan is coerced info is so scary and terrifying. It was heartbreaking to read. On the other hand him finding himself was that much more thrilling do it. It also tackles anti Native People sentiments in Web, the boy Jonathan falls for. He’s an outcast and a wanted criminal sort of, with anger issues. Learning about that culture and protests and mistreatment was also as difficu...