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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Nate never imagined that he would be attacked by his best friend, Cam.

Now, Nate is being called to deliver a sworn statement that will get Cam convicted. The problem is, the real story isn’t that easy or convenient—just like Nate and Cam’s friendship. Cam challenged Nate on every level from the day the boys met. He pushed him to break the rules, to dream, and to accept him
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Page Street Kids
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Kai
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt, owned, important
"If you think you have to earn enough points on someone's rubric for them to accept you, then either you're wrong to assume they won't love you for who you are, or they never loved you in the first place."

This book reads like a punch in the gut feels so naturally it's 5 out of 5 stars.

Deposing Nathan was one of my most anticipated books of 2019. I knew it was going to hurt. I knew it was going to wreck me. I knew it would love it. And I was 100% right.

Let me start with saying that I really love
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Zack Smedley
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Made it with my own two brain cells <3
Tom (T.J. Reads the Stars)
This book REALLY took me by surprise. Though simply written with the occasional trope, this story was beautifully done. It explores a lot of moral complexities that YA contemporaries in general tend to shy away from, as both Nate and Cameron are very aware of their own flaws and how it affects them. As a result, Nate and Cameron’s relationship was one of the most refreshing dynamics between two characters I’ve read about in a contemporary for some time. It balanced being both tense and unpredict ...more
JJ || This Dark Material
The socially- and self-conscious dialogue is a little too on point and well delivered for high schoolers at times, but Deposing Nathan covers a lot of important ground and, for the most part, covers it well. Full review TK.
Dahlia
I tried to keep my expectations neutral on this one because I felt like it could go in so many ways based on the premise, some of which were not positive, and they were kind of blown out of the water, if I'm being honest. This isn't a book about a trial so much as it is about two guys who quickly become really close and how they each handle it when that relationship turns into something they didn't expect. I see I'm the first review on this, so I really don't want to spoil anything, but I'll go ...more
Sha
im an emotional wreck rn. does it count as crying if no one sees?

FULL REVIEW to come April 25

Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Page Street Kids through NetGalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.
Chris
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Nate’s always been a good kid. But when he becomes friends with the new guy at school, Cam, his family notices a change. Cam’s the kind of guy who forces him to think about life, the universe, and his dreams … and, yeah, sometimes they break the rules. Soon their two worlds twist around each other and, as Nate explores his feelings for Cam, everything implodes in a fistfight that ends up with Nate stabbed and Cam in jail. Now Nate’s forced to give a statement under oath. But to tell the truth ab ...more
Dylan
*This was sent to me for review from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

4 stars.

I was expecting to love this, so it's no surprise that I did, but I'm glad that I did.

I loved that the characters were messy, so so damn messy to the end. I feel like authors tend to want to wrap all of their characters in a pretty little bow at the end of novels, but that's just not realistic, and I loved that these characters were still not the best people in the end.

I'm not bisexual so I can't f
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Kathy
A more detailed review to come, but Zack Smedley has joined Adam Silvera in the category of "Queer YA authors who get me sobbing hysterically in a fetal position." Deposing Nathan is a beautifully complex, astoundingly organic look at religion and sexuality and learning to live with both, and the effects of parental abuse on the development of teens.

A tough read. But a must-read.
A Lib Tech Reads
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed


Deposing Nathan
Zack Smedley
Rating: 4.5/5
Note:Special thanks to Abrams for providing a copy for review.

I began Deposing Nathan immediately right after finishing another LGBTQ+ novel that is very beloved by the YA community. Turns out I am not a fan of that book (I'm not going to mention the title in case I get an angry mob carrying pitchforks and torches at my window). Deposing Nathan, however, is the exact opposite of that mediocre piece of work I managed to churn through, and reading Smedley's
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Charlotte Kinzie
It only took about five pages for me to be hooked on this novel. The introduction of both characters instantly made me curious about them; and that increased steadily.

There's been a beating. There's been a stabbing. Nate and Cam have ended up across from each other in a deposition because of the violence that has erupted in their lives. Through the course of his deposition, Nate slowly unravels the events leading up to the violence.

Nate and Cam seem very different, but they connected quickly wh
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Ivy
Jan 31, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coming-soon-19
dramatic, so interesting. and caleb roehrig liked it, so that's something.
Melissa N
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so amazing and so special. I have tears in my eyes writing this that’s hOw good it was and need another 100 pages to know the boys are ok!
Rachael
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books-ever
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Amy Morgan
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you netgalley for my review copy of this book. Cameron is the new kid in school. He approaches Nate and asks him to be friends. From the start the 2 are inseparable. At a party on New Years Eve their friendship takes a turn into a new territory that Nate just isn’t ready to accept even though he shares Cameron’s feelings. And to complicate matters further there is Nate’s girlfriend to consider. How can he have these feelings if he is in love with her?

Between Nate not being able to accept
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Anna
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received an eARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Deposing Nathan begins in conference room of a state’s attorney office. Nate had been involved in a fist-fight that led to his former best friend Cam stabbing him in the gut with a shard of ceramic.

Just how they got to that point is the question. While the book takes place over the course of just a few days, the back story takes up the course of nearly a year. The design of this book is unique; it goes back and for
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CR
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review: My biggest issue with this one was the number of curse words that it has. I think that could have been toned down a bunch and it was truly unneeded. I will say that I liked the characters enough and the story was good. But the cursing could have been taking down a lot. The story itself flowed well and this book made me cry many times.

This book covers sexuality, religion, and friendship in a way that makes it flourish.

The timeline jumps were done very well as well and I was never won
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Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to @netgalley and @pagestreetpublishing for the advanced Kindle copy of Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley. This book is available on May 7th.

This was a brutal and honest portrayal of two teens questioning their sexuality. Religious dogma and child abuse play a major role in how this friendship devolves into toxicity. This quick-paced read was the literary version of a train wreck for me—I didn’t love the characters, but I also couldn’t put it down. I think that many teens will be able to c
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Zack Smedley was born and raised in southern Maryland, in an endearing county almost no one has heard of. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from UMBC and currently works within the field. As a member of the LGBT community, his goal is to give a voice to marginalized young adults through gritty, morally complex narratives. He spends his free time building furniture, baking, tinkering with ele ...more
“If you think you need to earn enough points on someone’s rubric for them to accept you, then either you’re wrong to assume they won’t love you for who you are, or they never loved you in the first place.” 0 likes
“I’ve spent every minute of these past months trying to figure out why I feel the things I feel, and if there’s a way to put that into words, I won’t find it. I am who I am. I’ve never acted on less than that, and I never want to.” 0 likes
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