Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

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 is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man w...

Details Like a Love Story

TitleLike a Love Story
Release DateJun 4th, 2019
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreYoung Adult, LGBT, Historical, Historical Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews Like a Love Story

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    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 finished this book, I felt somehow at once endlessly heavy and weightless. My chest still trills with something I cannot quite name. Recognition, and sorrow, and hope all at ...
  • Larry H
    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 dying of AIDS, so he knows he has to keep his true self hidden.Judy has always been her own person, an aspiring fashion designer with a bold sense of style. She spends a...
  • Thomas
    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 similarly fantastic YA reads is its masterful portrayal of the 1980s AIDS epidemic and the activism of that era. The novel follows Reza, a closeted Iranian teen, Art, the o...
  • Mads
    I'm frustrated. The story itself was 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 the good way where they'll get character development later. They're flawed in the "I'm an asshole" way.Judy's stupidest moment: There's a scene where Saadi, Reza's homophobic brother who fat shames Judy and treats her like shit, hits on her. AND SHE'S TURNED ON BY HIM?? Then ...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    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 into pride month. ✨
  • Hollis
    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 book.. it kinda failed. And by kinda I mean really.Nazemian's story takes place on the cusp of the nineties, in 1989, and is set against the AIDS crisis. Not as a b...
  • Dominic
    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 letter to queer youth and anyone who ever was a queer youth.It's a history lesson about what it was like to be queer in the late 80s and early 90s, the way AIDS put a da...
  • R.K. Gold
    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, and comes from a culture that violently opposes who he is (so a lot of internal conflict for a soft spoken character who wants to please his family above all else).Art: the extr...
  • Erin Kelly
    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
  • Anyta Sunday
    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.
  • Simone
    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 whatever Abdi Nazemian publishes next.Book Reviews by Own Voices (pulled from Goodreads)
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    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 an out-of-body experience. It’s about whatever the hell I was feeling when I really saw Reza for the first time. It’s about love. How can I not keep fighting for that?3.5 ☆i loved so many ...
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    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 this year. I'll obviously still be reading, but at my own pace and when I feel like it. Thank you for understanding!
  • Kendall
    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 devastation that occurred within the queer community during the 80s and early 90s, I thought this could be a really important look into that period of time. BOY WAS I RIGHT....
  • Cheska the Great is Not Okay
    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 is no such thing as perfection or flawlessness. But even if this book did have flaws, they were minuscule enough for me either not to notice or not to care. All of this book's ...
  • Veronika
    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 the love triangle wasn't really that bad). The book made me excited about going to visit NY one day, made me listen to Madonna's old songs and check out fashion of the ...
  • Christy
    Excuse me but I'll just be over here in a puddle of tears until the dawn of the end of time.
  • j.chestnut
    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. it didn't have the ending i thought it was going to but honestly, it's more realistic this way. the author is so good at writing his characters. all of them are so realist...
  • Jerico
    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 exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever. TW: Homophobic slurs, racial slurs, heterose...
  • Neville Longbottom
    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 story follows them as they grow, love, fight, protest, and experience loss. I think that no matter when I read this book it would’ve made a big emotional impact, but read...
  • Alana
    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.
  • Noora
    4.5/5A 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 before I was born, but it still manages to connect. Seeing as how the setting is where Abdi himself grew up makes me kinda jealous. He got the luckier end of the queer i...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    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 during the AIDS crisis, and for me the beats of the story feel too much like the standard AIDS narrative. But I can imagine younger readers finding this very eye-opening, an...
  • Drewthereader19
    My last book for the month of July! And it was a five star read and I loved this audiobook as well! Deftinaly recemend it!(:
  • Kathryn Speckels
    Wow. I don't have more words than that right now, but I promise I'll add them in the morning when my head is clear and I'm not drowning in feelings.
  • AJ
    Listen, this is hands down one of the best books I've ever read and the ARC has been sitting on my Kindle for some time now and I'm so mad at myself that I didn't read it sooner!!!I'm not really sure how to review this story except to say that it is such an honest portrayal of so many things - among them an honest portrayal of being in love, and being in love when you are queer, and being in love when you are deeply afraid.It's set during the AID...