Like a Love Story

Written by:
Abdi Nazemian

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2019
10 hours 51 minutes
2020 Audie Awards® Finalist - Young Adult 

Stonewall Honor Book * A Time Magazine Best YA Book of All Time

''A book for warriors, divas, artists, queens, individuals, activists, trend setters, and anyone searching for the courage to be themselves.”—Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

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.

This is a bighearted, sprawling epic about friendship and love and the revolutionary act of living life to the fullest in the face of impossible odds.
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Latoya L.

Not what I expected...great read. Speaking from a teens point of view life is broken down about sex, AIDS, homosexuality, friendship, love, virginity, and finding oneself no matter what your family or friends think. What's surprised me more was the Iranian boy (Reza) defying the odds and addressing his feelings and his sexual thoughts even though it's frowned upon in his culture. I loved that uncle Stephen was the teens sounding board because he himself lived through what they are experiencing. Uncle Stephen exposes the teens to Madonna, who grew to love her as much as him. This story has so much love, uncertainty and all the feels. Please read this, whether young adult or old hen.

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