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Like a Love Story

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  91 reviews
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.

432 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Barbara Evans Dougherty Evans The book, "Like a Love Story" is incredible. I was so lucky to win an advance reader's edition of it through GoodReads. I read it in less than 24…moreThe book, "Like a Love Story" is incredible. I was so lucky to win an advance reader's edition of it through GoodReads. I read it in less than 24 hours. It is too wonderful for words. I laughed, I cried, I had so many emotions. The characters come to life on the pages and you feel everything they feel. AIDS is such a tragedy and we lost so many people to the disease. Luckily today there are some powerful drugs that can keep it a bay and slow down the progression so that those affected have a very long life expectancy. In the early days this was not the case. I remember the fear and how being gay was looked upon as a death sentence. (less)

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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 once. The whole world still feels shaped around this s
Larry H
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 all of her spare time with her best friend, Art, an
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. ✨
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 backdrop but as a very real threat and very present
May 02, 2019 added it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
The book follows 3 teens that are kind of misfits and find a way to belong. There is Reza, an Iranian boy who is new at the school and is struggling with where his dad left them and more importantly, the fact he is attracted to guys. He feels he is not normal, hopes it is a fase that he will outgrow, and is scared of dying because AIDS has just made its outbreak and at first it was kind of thought it was a thing that only affected homosexuals, although afterwards it's shown it can affect anyone. ...more
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.

Like a Love Story follows the perspectives of thre
This was so special. More thoughts soon.
Neville Longbottom
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, lgbtqia
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 reading it right after finishing How to Survive a Pl
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Adiba Jaigirdar
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, poc-mc, arcs, lgbtq, aoc
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 AIDs crisis, and it's full of activism, pride, sadnes
A.R. Hellbender
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite read of the year thus far, and I have a lot to say about it, so we're gonna be here awhile.
I would like to preface this by saying that I am bisexual and half-Iranian. However, that's just the tip of the iceberg of ways in which this book is a masterpiece that I could identify with.
This takes place during an important time in queer history, when the fear of AIDS was so strong that anyone who was gay had to basically hide from who they were, or else they risked getting sick an
Shannon Dyer
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2019
Practically perfect, and a true pleasure to read.
McKinlay Dennis
So important. So many tears. RTC
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I spent the last thirty minutes of this crying so be warned.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-ya
This is my first Goodreads review and for good reason. This book is life-changing. It is inspiring, beautiful, tragic, and funny. So maybe not just life-changing, but... life.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by Edelweiss and the Publisher.

Oh my poor black broken heart.

For me as an individual who makes purchasing decisions for a YA collection in a public library ... looking at items that are considered "historical fiction" (in one sense or another ... and in some cases there are those that are decidedly more HistFic than others) is oftentimes difficult. Many HistFic titles for teens are WWII stories ... because just like adult readers, teens really like reading about WWII. Personally, I
... And AIDS will always be GRID. It is our disease, born of our deficiencies. But I’ll tell you what we will never be deficient of. LOVE. We love art and beauty. We love new ideas and pushing boundaries. We love fighting against corruption. We love redefining archaic rules. We love men, and women, and men who dress like women, and women who dress like men. We love tops and bottoms, and top hats, especially when worn by Marlene Dietrich. But most of all, we love each other. Know that. We love
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, rtc
guys. this book is breathtaking.
i finished this last night 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 realistic and have such different personalities. this is also own voices.
just PLEASE read this. it comes out in june.
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i just got an arc of this and it better be as good as i think i
Jan 31, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coming-soon-19
I mean, Mackenzie Lee loved it, and I love her. This is just simple Law of Syllogism stuff, guys.
Emily (emilykatereads)
"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."

This is an important story. It's important to remember queer history, and the battles that were fought and the work activists did. This story could've just been told much better.

Nonetheless, the story is moving and it definitely highlights the AIDS crisis and how much of an epidemic it was. This story shows what it means to be gay during this time and
Barbara Evans Dougherty Evans
This book is incredible! I recommend it to everyone! It is not just for the LGBTQ community. It should be mandatory for all high school students, educators, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and parents. The character in the story are real people with real feelings all experiencing their own sexual awakening. Reza, Art, and Judy are all going through their own sexual awakenings and self discovery. For Reza and Art this is more intense with the added fear and stigma that comes with being gay during a ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that you finish and say you are a different person when you finish it? That's this book. There are books that are powerful and important and then there are books that are POWERFUL and IMPORTANT and this is the latter. This book impacted me on all levels. Beautiful, romantic, smart, quirky and so many other things. This is the book I never knew I desperately needed but once I read it I wondered where it has been the last 20 years. I have not cried this hard from a book i ...more
Kirstin (gryffindorkreader)
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Like A Love Story, in exchange for my honest review. So, a huge thank-you to the people over at Frenzy for the early read!!

Like A Love Story follows three teens: Reza (an Iranian boy who is in the closet due to the fact that the only thing he knows about gay life is the media’s portrayal of the AIDS crisis), Judy (wants to be a fashion designer, and hero-worships her uncle who happens to be a gay activist with AIDS), and Art (who has always been Judy’s best friend, i
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I gulped this book down. While it’s a period piece about a trio of young people in NYC in the midst of the AIDS crisis, this book feels utterly timeless in its exploration of friendships, first loves, and family dynamics. Reza, Art, and Judy are three delicately written and complicated characters, and I’m so happy to have met them. I read a lot of books about gay boys and I read a lot of books about the AIDS crisis but I don’t know that I’ve read one about being this young and coming to grips wi ...more
Austin Anderson
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was heartbreaking in the best way. A heavy but important read. Absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t recommend it enough.
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TW: AIDS crisis/homophobia/biphobia/transphobia/sexism/death/police violence/graphic sexuality/fatphobia/poverty (if you’ve read this book and can think of any other potential triggers, pls let me know!!) 🚫

5/5 stars!! 🌟 where do i even begin... wow. just wow. this is one of the most beautiful books i have ever read. i can’t even begin to describe just how much i love this book! it’s marketed as a “love letter to the LGBTQ+ community”, and that is the most accurate description there could be. i
Dec 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
WHY 2019 WHY?!?
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Abdi Nazemian spent his childhood in a series of exciting locations (Tehran, Paris, Toronto, New York), but could usually be found in his bedroom watching old movies, listening to Madonna or reading Archie comic books. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his two children and his fiancé.

As Head of Development for Water's End Productions, Abdi has been an executive producer or associate produce