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From the author of Hot Dog Girl comes a fresh and funny queer YA contemporary novel about two teens who fall in love in an indie comic book shop.

Jubilee has it all together. Shes an elite cellist, and when shes not working in her stepmoms indie comic shop, shes prepping for the biggest audition of her life.

Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the biggest
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ebook, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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    Dahlia
    I really loved this book, and I really wish it wasn't being marketed as strictly a fluffy romance, because I think it's really magical at what it does and that isn't how I'd describe it. The romance is adorable, don't get me wrong, but this is first and foremost a mental health book ((view spoiler), and I think it handles that beautifully as reimagined Romeo & Juliet. ...more
    Rec-It Rachel
    the love story in this is A++++ and the way it presents characters communication methods evolving but major cws for mental health stuff including anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation
    Stacy Fetters
    "If my ride was music, then his is a symphony, and I dont want it to stop."

    Ive been hearing a lot of hype for this book since its release was announced. I even made a stop at the Penguin booth at ALA to request a copy and was over the moon when they handed it to me. I instantly bumped this up my reading list because I couldnt let it sit there and torment me.

    Am I glad that I read it? Oh, most definitely. Is it one of the best books Ive read? No, its not. It had a lot of great things going for it
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    Isabel Sterling
    Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I loved this book so much! A super adorable romance between two bisexual MCs + really beautifully done mental health rep. I devoured this book in 24 hours, and I can't wait for it to be out in the world.
    Mary Nguyen (fox & wit)
    I was expecting this to be a light, adorable, funny romantic contemporary novel, which it absolutely was.

    But I was not expecting this book to also be so HEAVY. The book tackles anxiety disorders, suicidal depression and parental abuse. It never said out right but Im pretty sure it was hinted that Ridleys dad physically beat him. Peaks raised her hand to hug him and Ridley flinched as if she were going to strike him.

    The representation in this was amazing: POC, mental illness, LGBTQIA rep. Its not
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    Megan
    It is so important to see a bi boy and an undefined queer girl in a relationship together in a YA novel. It is so important for them to have a conversation about being "queer enough" or "bi enough" even if they're in a """hetero 'ship""". Werewolves are still werewolves, even if it's not the full moon. Bis are still bis even if they're in a relationship with a member of the opposite sex. And this book showed that perfectly. My college self felt incredibly seen.

    It also really dug into anxiety,
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    Kat
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    * Thank you Penguin Teen Canada for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review *

    ACTUAL: 4.5 stars

    Jubilee balances preparing for an important cello audition for a prestigious summer program with working at her stepmoms indie comic shop. Ridley's parents own the biggest comic-store chain in the country, but he cannot get them to notice him, unless he failing to meet their expectations. These two meet at a comic book convention prom, they cannot help falling for each other. But with feuding
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    Vee_Bookish
    honestly I just really love comics
    Jenn
    Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Corrie
    Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites, y-a
    Before we get into this review, I want to mention that I won an ARC copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. So, thank you very much to Goodreads and whoever set up this giveaway!

    With that out of the way, I am wondering where to start with this review. I have so much I want to say about this book, but I cant say everything on my mind because of spoilers. I think the thing I want to start off saying is that this book is so much more than your typical contemporary teen romance. Although to
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    Laura
    Eh. This was OK. I wanted to like it more than I ended up liking it. Romeo and Juliet is not my favorite, and this had a little bit too much of that in there (intentionally or not, but I would imagine intentionally based on the title and basic story set up and the first initials of the two main characters, Jubilee and Ridley). It had all the elements that I normally love (romance, geekiness, comic books), but it didn't quite gel for me. For another reader, this might be just their cup of tea. I ...more
    Alicia
    If the underrated Hot Dog Girl didnt get Dugan some extra publicity, her second book should put her on the map. This one needs some fun press and is as much serious as it is silly.

    Dugan definitely has a style- both were about a ploy or trick or mission. And its formulaic only in that its a comfortable trope to use (and the book is also a retelling of Romeo and Juliet) but she adds layers of complexity and geekdom to make it her own but thoroughly entertaining/

    Ridley has anxiety and depression
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    Amanda
    Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you Librarypalooza for an ARC of this book. I received just as I was finishing Hot Dog Girl. Both books by Dugan show LGBTQIA+ teens in a way I havent yet read about in YAlit. Im so happy that she included a pansexual character and clearly explained the difference between pan and bi. This book also included a lot of mental illness awareness, which Im also here for. Dugan is my new go-to YA author to recommend in my library, particularly to my LGBTQIA+ community so students can see ...more
    Jenn
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: own, arc
    Jubilee has it all together. She's 2nd in her class and an elite cellist. She has two best friends and her stepmom runs an indie comic store, as well as being a big time comic artist. Meanwhile Ridley is barely surviving. His dad runs a chain of comic stores that are known for running the Indies out of business. His dad only cares about what he can bring to the table for his business and his mom barely thinks about him at all. He has severe anxiety and depression that's crippling a lot of the ...more
    Chloe
    *Spoiler free*

    This book was on my radar as one that I wanted to reader eventually. For some reason I thought it was a Middle Grade for awhile and then a comic book for awhile, but it is YA! But, my friend was super excited about it (then read and loved it), so I learned what it was actually about! The two main characters are falling for each other when their parents are rivals in the comics industry. And that one of them has anxiety! So, it was bumped up into something I definitely wanted to try
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    Donna Aquino
    Thank you to Penguin Random House for a digital copy of the arc in exchange for an honest review. #partner

    I've been seeing Verona Comics on bookstagram and in the book community often. Verona Comics is the second LGBTQA+ YA novel from Jennifer Dugan who also wrote Hot Dog Girl. I kind of knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book, but it still caught me off guard, in a good way.

    Jubilee is determined and she has a singular goal in mind, getting ready for the audition of her life to
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    ThatBookGal
    Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Verona Comics wasn't what I was expecting at all. The strap line has it as 'a fresh and funny queer YA contemporary novel about two teens who fall in love in an indie comic book shop,' which meant I was expecting something fluffy and fun. The reality is that it takes a really serious look at mental health and family relationships, and it isn't all that fluffy at all.

    As queer YA books go, I loved the various rep in this novel. The main characters both identify as queer in different ways, and it
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    Hira Chaudhary
    Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received a free copy of this book through the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    I was recently watching the new All the Bright Places movie and it just reminded me about how I was in the minority for not having enjoyed that book because I felt like it romanticized suicide and I didn't like the message it was sending.

    Now THIS book, this is the story I would have wanted ATBP to be. This book deals with mental health, with depression and anxiety, with queer rep, with being enough, with
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    Jamie
    Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    CW taken from the author's website: Panic/anxiety attacks, References to suicidal ideation, Mention of a past suicide attempt, Abusive parent (verbal, emotional neglect), Codependency, Depression

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    This book completely blew past my expectations (this was the first of Jennifer Dugan's books that I've read) for what appears to be a contemporary YA rom-com. And to be clear, YA rom-coms are great and I love them! At its most simplistic, Verona Comics, as you might have guessed from the title and
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    Marie
    Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs, 2020-releases
    I really liked this book overall, a sweet, complex romance with complicated families and mental health rep that was really, really well done. I feel like it shouldn't be marketed as a romance so much, because it's much heavier than that and deals with (view spoiler). It was a realistic, heartwarming and emotional read at times and I really enjoyed it :)
    Full review coming soon :)

    Thank you to Penguin Random House International for the e-ARC of this book.
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    Jackson
    Apr 01, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    im confused as to why this is marketed as a funny queer YA romance when its about a straight couple. are the side characters queer? are THEY secretly queer? will this turn into a story where the main characters think theyre falling for each other when theyre just denying themselves internally and eventually grow past these qualms they have with themselves and end up going separate ways in favor of their own same-sex relationships?

    probably not but idk.
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    Kirsten Seidel
    Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I liked this book a lot, but just know going in that this is not a rom com. There are some heavier things involved, like mental illness, codependency, and toxic family relationships, and theyre a huge part of the story.
    A great read, just know its not a fluffy romance!
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    Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
    *e-ARC Kindly provided by Penguin Random House International thru Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

    I was overwhelmed with the things that goes on into this story. But the romance is cute so there's that.

    Full review to come!
    Nada Hosny
    Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Okay wow.
    This is so much more than just a cute romance.
    I didn't even realize that until 60% in and the actual purpose of the book came into light.
    Lovee how this story handled mental illness, absolutely wonderful!
    Miracle Johnson
    Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: read-already
    Love it so much cried at the end best book ever
    michelle (magical reads)
    4.5 stars

    wow. WOW.

    rtc

    cw: anxiety, depression, suicide ideation
    Christa
    Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was a well written book. You could see the toxic parts of their relationship and sometime even feel what emotions they would feel. The whole story was beautifully written
    Ms. Arca
    Feb 28, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Uhhh I would really like this book please !!!
    Morgan
    Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Lots of good rep.

    Full review to come!
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    Jennifer Dugan is a writer, geek, and romantic who writes the kinds of stories she wishes she had growing up. In addition to being a young adult novelist, she is also the writer/creator of two indie comics. She lives in New York with her family, dogs, and an evil cat that is no doubt planning to take over the world.

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