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Meg & Linus

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  354 Ratings  ·  105 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
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Swoon Reads
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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
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
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-reads, jri, rainbow
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.
Vee S
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-ya, fluff, to-buy
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
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   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
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
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
A cute story! The characters weren't very well developed but Meg & Linus was pretty good.
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 foc
"I guess there is a really fine line between helping someone and sticking your nose where it doesn't belong."

LGBT OwnVoices Bingo: Contemporary

Meg and Linus are gay best friends about to enter Year 12. Linus has never dated while Meg's girlfriend Sophia is a year older. However, she breaks up with Meg because she's moving away for college. Meg is heartbroken, but tries to distract herself by attempting to set Linus up with his crush and the new boy in school, Danny, by arranging for Linus to be
Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
More like 2.5 stars. I enjoyed parts, but mostly I was kind of disappointed and underwhelmed.

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, april-2017
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
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 (The Bibliophile Confessions)
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
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
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, especi
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
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ya, fiction
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.
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.
Charles Bush
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Aug 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, 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
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


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
Kim (_booksarelove)
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not alter or influence my opinion in any way*

Meg & Linus is a story about two best friends who are gay. Meg breaks up with her serious girlfriend and decides to set up Linus with the new boy who she thinks may like him.
There are a few hiccups along the way but that is what makes it high school right?

I enjoyed this book. It wasn't too long and not too short. There were a lot of chapters, but they were short and quick
Gabs Roman
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I knew this book was going to be fluffy, but I wish it had had just a touch more substance.

Loved that both the main characters were queer and that they were going through different ends of a relationship. But most of the book felt like filler and even the drama at the end had no stakes whatsoever. Also, the dialogue got pretty cringe-worthy at times.

I always like cute get-togethers, so it had that going for it.
Kirsty McGhie
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Content warning: Ableism, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia

Meg and Linus are queer best friends, who love Star Trek and each other. As they start their senior year things start to change in their lies, some for the good and some not so good. This is your classic coming of age story but from 2 queer kids.

So basically I just did not give a flying toss about Meg. The book is all about her and Linus' friendship but I just wish it had been only from Linus' POV. Yeah it's great to have a half sapphic
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer
2🌟/ 5🌟
I really wanted to like this book and was looking forward to diverse, nerdy characters - a much desired alternative to all the models & superhunks BUT: it let me down.

1) It is ok if characters like coffee but you don't have to mention it every second page

2) The characters, how endearing they might be, fell flat

3) Best friends not addressing an issue for a very long time, just so the book can have a conflict that blows up and then is resolved is a deal breaker/very unrealistic

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