Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Meg & Linus” as Want to Read:
Meg & Linus
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Meg & Linus

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  431 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?

Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek b
...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Swoon Reads
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Meg & Linus, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Meg & Linus

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.39  · 
Rating details
 ·  431 ratings  ·  116 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Meg & Linus
Ann Elise Monte
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtqiap-plus, 2017
I wanted to like this book. It was cute and enjoyable at times, but also extremely frustrating.

It was nice to see nerdy protagonists who are into school because they like learning, not just because they have to be there to survive in the world. Linus talks about his love of numbers sometimes, which was great to read. I’m more of a music and words kind of person, a little like Danny in some respects, so it’s nice to have a different perspective. The characters are also highly relatable, even if M
...more
Alana
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-reads, rainbow, jri
This book is so bland it should be in a Gordon Ramsey meme.

It is so harmless, it's the first YA I'd give to an eight year old.

It's so lacking in chemistry and realistic sexual content, I imagined the characters had Barbie doll-style lack of genitals.
Jen Ryland
I was excited to read this LGBT BFF book featuring a guy and a girl who are best friends (Linus likes guys; Meg likes girls).

This was cute in parts but after a few chapters I started to feel like the substance of the book was 98% romance drama (1% drama club, 1% Meg and her mom) and the style of the book felt way too heavy on the dialogue. I wanted more substance and my attention wandered.

A cute friends-find-romance (with other people) story. Check it out if you are in the mood for something ta
...more
Inge
Feb 18, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF 50%

The gay and lesbian rep are really great, but the story itself is just... not.
Vee S
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-ya, to-buy, fluff
4.5 but it kept me up til 5am last night finishing it soo I'm rounding up! I REALLY enjoyed this book. The characters took me awhile to warm up to, but I ended up falling in love with them. They're flawed and can be obnoxious at times, but that was actually... refreshingly realistic. We don't see a lot of queer characters who aren't 100% perfect and amazing all the time. That trend is definitely changing... but slowly. So I really enjoyed seeing these two with all their flaws and amazingness-- I ...more
Ava
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This was entertaining, but didn't have any fabulousness to make it stand out for me. Of course I LOVED our queer characters, but the writing style wasn't for me and the dialogue felt off. I think this book is a great representation of nerdy LGBTQIAP+ characters, though, and THAT'S what I loved. The characters annoyed me at times, but like I saw in another review, it was so refreshing to see realistic queer characters.
Lynda Dickson
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 13+
Shelves: young-adult
Meg and Linus are best friends who initially bonded over their mutual appreciation of Star Trek. They both also happen to be gay. Meg starts her senior year of high school just as her girlfriend Sophia breaks up with her and leaves for college. Meanwhile, Linus fancies Danny, the cute barista at his favorite coffee shop, who later shows up in his history class on the first day of school. When Meg realizes that Linus has a crush on Danny, she decides to set them up. Tutoring and joining the drama ...more
Julie
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Meg and Linus are inseparable best friends. They bond over their love of Star Trek marathons, coffee, and cookies. Things start to change a little bit for them when Meg's girlfriend of two years suddenly breaks up with her before heading off to college. Meg doesn't want to talk about it yet, and starts to pull away from Linus a bit and also becomes a little antisocial. When she finds out Linus has a crush on the new guy in school she makes it her mission to get them together. Linus want
...more
Elke
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This book wasn't really it for me.
It's about Meg and Linus, best friends and both gay, smart and nerdy. It was great to read about characters that were genuinely excited about school, did well and were interested in a variety of things. I love that friendship had a strong focus. It was great to see that, even though most people around them were accepting of their sexual orientation, the story didn't pretend other people didn't exist, and I really liked the part in which Meg explains sh
...more
Shelly
A cute story! The characters weren't very well developed but Meg & Linus was pretty good. ...more
Olivia
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was such a cute book and more people need to read it! I thought Meg was a bit too pushy sometimes, but otherwise I really enjoyed this. ❤️

I think everyone should read this, but especially if you like:
- sweet, innocent friendships
- cute, awkward gay boys
- drama club
- Star Trek and other sci-fi/fantasy fandoms
- lots of coffee
- quick, fluffy contemporaries

(This has been one of Liv's Lazy Reviews™.)
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from Xpresso Book Tours through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

*~.Book Analysis.~*
Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader :)

This book was really cute and a refresh in YA in terms of thematics. Meg & Linus are two sides of the same coin, with a unique perspective on how not to treat your friends after a break up. It was so nice to read a book focused
...more
Bee
More like 2.5 stars. I enjoyed parts, but mostly I was kind of disappointed and underwhelmed.

RTC
Kristen Lemaster
May 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
More rambling than dialogue, drama than plot, but this could've been such a cute and real story!
Sara (sarabara081)
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alamw17
You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.

3.5 stars!

If I had to describe Meg & Linus in one word it would be – CUTE! Above all else, this is a story about friendship and Meg and Linus are major friend goals. They have that sort of friendship people strive to have in their life and it was a joy to read. They study together, join clubs, and set up movie marathons to watch. They have a deep compassion for each other and it showed on every page. When Meg’s girlfriend breaks up with her sud
...more
Suze Lavender
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Meg and Linus have been best friends from the moment they met. They love studying, Star Trek, cookies, pizza and coffee. Linus is still single, but has met a boy he likes a lot. His name is Danny and he works at a coffee shop. Meg and Sophia have been together since Meg was fifteen years old and Meg dreams about getting married after college. She's shocked when Sophia breaks up with her at the end of the summer. It isn't the start of the school year Meg has envisioned. Sophia is a year ahead of ...more
Inah
This book is really cute! I definitely enjoyed reading it! I haven't read a book in which both main characters are queer and I loved every second of it.

Meg and Linus have been friends forever and they share a lot of common things. Their friendship was the main theme of the book and I had a great time seeing it grow and develop further. They both deeply care about each other and it was quite the spectacle to see how this was actually one of the reasons of their small "falling apart". It's very mu
...more
Stina
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
It is nine PM on a Saturday night, I sit and internally flipping my sh*t about not only the fact that I start a new school Monday but also the fact that I'm sleeping in a f*cking sleep lab tomorrow to check on my various breathing issues. The only way to calm me is to rant about stuff. So without further ado, here I am.

2/5 stars, I think, I guess, does it matter, what's in a rating, what's in a name, who am I, what was this book, what is everything, Illuminati confirmed

Around this time last year
...more
Xan West
I wanted to enjoy this more than I did. I do like that it centered a friendship, that both of the MCs were flawed and made bad decisions, that it had a whole drama club plot. I liked Meg's relationship with her mom. & there is a sweet moment with Linus' parents that made me grin.

Ultimately, though, the voices and characterization weren't strong enough to make this compelling for me. I never got invested in them as characters.

I found the focus on getting Linus a boyfriend really hard, especially
...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Nowinski, Hanna Meg and Linus 323 pgs. Swoon (Macmillion) 2017. $17.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG (kiss) Violence: G


Meg and Linus are best friends going through their senior year of high school. Meg has two focuses: her heartbreak (her girlfriend dumped her) and Linus’s love life. Linus is thrilled to have a crush, but is unsure if Danny likes him back. The chapters alternate perspectives between Meg and Linus. As they participate in the drama club together things coming
...more
Renata
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, fiction, ya
This is a quick, fluffy, cute read. Great to see multiple queer, interracial relationships in YA fiction and the main ~issue~ is just they're awkward nerds. As an adult reader, for me it veered a little bit into "oh my god just suck it up and talk about your feelings already" frustration, but for many a teen reader I think it will be extremely relatable.
Jennifer Mangler
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I really wanted to love this one, but ultimately I found it frustrating. For much of the book, Meg and Linus weren't "Meg and Linus." They weren't in sync and their friendship was strained. I would have loved a book about nerdy best friends being nerdy best friends. That's what I thought the book would be. I wanted that friendship to be the heart of the book and it too often felt like that other (mostly romantic) relationships took precedence.
Jessica
May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
The writing was a little hard to get into. The characters were a little too childish for me and if I'm being honest I couldn't connect with them at all. It just wasn't for me. The ending though, it was good. Predictable but good.
Bee (Vellichorbee)
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, books-i-own
This book was so cute! I loved Meg and Linus so much, they were such good friends. I thought the plot was interesting, that it was about a relationship ending and a relationship beginning. I would have loved this so much as a teenager and I still love it now.

This book is basically if Simon Spier had a lesbian BFF he watched Star Trek with and she set him up with the cute guy from the coffee shop.

Highly recommend!
Trinity Fordham
Jul 22, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
dnf page 68

wow i have dnfed no many books this year, and pretty much all for the same reason. i wasn't really in the mood for this book, and hopefully i'll pick it up again sometime in the future.
Jane
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
I don't want to be unkind here because in many ways, this is a very sweet book.

It's about two queer best friends trying to navigate their love lives and the resulting impact on their friendship. Meg just got dumped by her girlfriend who was just leaving for college, and Linus is too shy to act on his crush for the local barista / drama geek. The pace is very slow and nothing much happens; also, Meg and Linus are very harmless. They do their homework, enjoy school, get on well with their parents
...more
Charles Bush
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Fran
Aug 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, summer-2017
'Meg and Linus' is about two gay best friends in their senior year of high school and it is dual narrated by the two. Meg has just been dumped by her girlfriend Sophia, so she focuses on setting up Linus with the new boy, Danny.

I really wanted to enjoy this book but I found it boring and just couldn't get into it. I didn't like either of the main characters which definitely didn't help, but this may have been because they were under-developed. The book was just far too slow paced - nothing reall
...more
Hannah Wallace
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves-of-2017
This was originally posted on my blog

Disclaimer:I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

My Thoughts

Plot:

Meg and Linus is a dual perspective novel following two best friends:Meg and Linus. Meg and Linus have always bonded over the fact that they both love coffee, are total geeks and that they’re both gay. Meg has just broken up with her two year girlfriend, and is trying to find some way to distract herself when Linus begins to tutor a new kid. Meg knows that this would
...more
sparrow mercutio
I really wanted to like this book, because the summary sounded so cute and I was super excited about the gay/lesbian friendship, but it fell flat for me.

👍 I liked Meg and Linus' friendship -- though some of my closest friends are gay men, I rarely see representation of gay/lesbian solidarity in fiction, so it was nice to see here. Their collective geekiness was cute too.
👍 Danny was a likable love interest, and his and Linus' relationship was pretty cute.
👍 The friendship between the drama kids wa
...more
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Been Here All Along
  • This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story
  • Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens
  • Noah Can't Even (Noah Can't Even, #1)
  • Dress Codes for Small Towns
  • A Line in the Dark
  • Girl Mans Up
  • It Looks Like This
  • Queens of Geek
  • It's Not Like It's a Secret
  • Dreadnought (Nemesis, #1)
  • Check, Please!, Book 2: Sticks & Scones
  • The Quiet at the End of the World
  • Color Me In
  • Alex in Wonderland
  • An Unauthorised Fan Treatise
  • Redwood and Ponytail
  • Yes No Maybe So
See similar books…
17 followers
Hanna Nowinski is a language enthusiast and trained translator for German and English who lives in the middle of nowhere, Germany. She has wanted to be a writer since she learned that books were made by real people. As a kid, she made up her own bedtime stories, mostly sending her stuffed animals on adventures around the world. She loves books, music, coffee, and getting way too emotionally invest ...more

Related Articles

Emma Straub was all set to spend May on tour promoting her new novel, All Adults Here. Instead, due to the global pandemic, the Brooklyn-based auth...
14 likes · 5 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »