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Cemetery Boys

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  46,865 ratings  ·  10,528 reviews
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he sum
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Swoon Reads
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chai ♡
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I knew from the very first few pages of Cemetery Boys that I was going to love it so dearly.

Aiden Thomas lured me into their imaginative and vibrant narrative with an enchanting mix of mystery and magic, then hooked me on their winning characters. The sense of fall was immediate then, the swiftness and depth of it. I wanted to hold time like a breath in my chest, and never stop reading. When I turned the last page, I felt like something inside of me h
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Read this.
myo (myonna reads)
yeah i cried, and?
Miranda Reads

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Oh my gosh. Can I rate this more than 5 stars???

I cannot even BEGIN to talk about how BRILLIANT this one was.

I was hooked from the start - the way Aiden set up the characters and the Brujx world was so intriguing and exciting.

The plot felt so unique
Unknown Reviews
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Writing this review after a month long absence doesn’t seem very fair, as I don’t have a copy of Cemetery Boys at my bedside anymore and I can’t flick for appropriate plot references and so on. However, there’s no way I can move onto another book and not feel guilty over not having this review done, so, alas, a late Christmas present.

Yadriel, a young, trans boy desperately wants to be seen as a brujo by his family – a wielder of magic who assures spirits pass safely into the next life. To prove
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read something like this fantastic novel which is equally entertaining, smart, funny and also sad, heartfelt, emotional, intense at the same time. It’s uplifting but it is also heart wrenching. Your emotions are everywhere. You smile and cry at the same time.

There are too many sensitive issues blended harmoniously at this novel. Transphobia, deep parental issues, deportation, grief are the main ones were discussed and approached from the POV of LatinX community.

Yadriel is our brill
Sahil Javed
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cemetery Boys follows Yadriel, a transgender teen who must deal with the consequences when he summons the ghost of Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, whom he can’t get rid of.
“Queer folks are like wolves,” Julian told him. “We travel in packs.”

This book. This damn book. I knew I was going to love it the minute I preordered and I was absolutely right. It was hella gay and hella queer and that was just the best. It had the right amount of everything: action, romance, a little
EDIT: 6/24/2020

So, I did NOT edit in a few days but that's okay because I wrote a TON of notes for this book. Here we go.

2/5 stars

I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Oof, this review is going to be controversial, so fair warning! To be clear: it has nothing to do with the latinx, trans, or gay representation throughout the novel. All marginalized identities are presented in a positive, fulfilling, and engaging light, and my review does not take away from Thomas'
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
CWs: Misgendering, allusions to deadnaming, depictions of gender dysphoria, exploration of parental death, non-violent references to blood magic, some descriptions of ritualistic blood-letting

☑ Watch my spoiler-free #ownvoices reading vlog for Cemetery Boys!
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I am THRIVING. I am LIVING. I am convinced this book was written for me and me alone and I will be accepting no other feedback a
"Latinx trans teen boy, hoping to release his cousin's spirit and prove himself as a brujo, accidentally summons the wrong ghost and ends up falling in love with him"...............this honestly sounds like everything i've ever needed in my life, 2020 already serving us ...more
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CEMETERY BOYS is quite good but I think it's being a little over-hyped (which is not the book's fault, but it does work to this book's detriment). It's the type of book that would make an amazing movie but feels a little flat on the page just because of the expositional writing style. That said, I did really enjoy it and I'm so glad my friends wanted to buddy-read it with me for Halloween! The best way of describing this book in my opini
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
CW: death of a loved one, talk of loss of a parent, misgendering, mention of parental abuse, mention of transphobic parents and deportation.

Genuine question: How do you review a book that feels like it nudge a piece of yourself forward, shifted it slowly to make you click in place and make that slight feeling of wrongness go away? If you think I’m being hyperbolic, I am not. Cemetery Boys brought me more than I can put into words and I have been struggling to write this review for over a month,
Alexis Hall
Ah, so this is super delightful.

I did struggle with it initially because I’m kind of in a place in my life that I don’t feel super connected to YA stories in general. Because, y’know, I’m fucking old. But, anyway, this book is so warm, so very charming that I was pretty soon swept away.

The story centres on Yadriel—he’s gay and transgender, and wants to accepted by his traditional Latinx family, not just as who he is, but as a brujo: someone gifted with my magic by Lady Death, who helps souls fi
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: If u want a fluffy , feel good book
Recommended to Mrinmayi by: tappkalina
Buddy read with Drama Queen
How I expected that this book will end

How it actually ended

I mean don't get me wrong...I LOVED the book
BUT I just expected an emotional read
The book was fluffy and cute!!(Not complaining)
But it felt like WE (Joshita and Mrin) were chilling with the characters xD
This book had a "chill" vibe going against to the "spooky" vibe
The premise was pretty simple:
The MC summons a ghost and is not able to get rid of the said ghost
Thats all I will say...Go into this bo
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, queer
“Queer folks are like wolves. We travel in packs."

Reading this book is like seeing a ray of sunshine break through eternal grey clouds. This is a straight up feel-good book. The characters are instantly loveable, honestly such an adorable bunch, from the trusting and kind main character and the loyal, sassy best friend, to the cutest pair of dogs alive (in fiction) and the chaotic good love interest. I love a character-driven story which is why the book worked really well for me, because the plo
Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)

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(spoiler free review. tw list at the bottom. this is a Latinx ownvoices review)

I really experienced so many different emotions while reading this book, and most of them were just some form of happiness. Happiness for Yadriel, whenever something good happened to him, and happiness for myself, because I was blessed with this ARC. (Thank you to MacMillan, Swoon Reads, and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC!)

It’s difficult to put my feelings for t
Aug 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Oh, I knew what I was getting into. You should too. Cemetery Boys is definitely young adult, young teenage level with angst on the level of Sixteen Candles: sweet, but as much about the internal and family drama as it is an external driving plot. On the plus side, there are very well developed young high-school aged characters, which is to say, balls of changeable emotions, doubts and insecurities. Thomas wrote them all well enough to be just this side of annoying. As in many YA books, I thought ...more
I may officially be too old and too grumpy for this one.

It’s overall a sweet story about a trans kid who tries to prove to his family that he’s a boy - and a brujo. Oh yeah, he also lives in the cemetery and sees ghosts (as I said, “brujo”) and it’s the family business to help ghosts cross to the other side. And then he meets a ghost boy, freshly murdered, and under supposed plot to uncover the mystery a whole bunch of tender teenage feelings develop, aided by banter* and oodles of cuteness. An
Kevin (Irish Reader)
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so freaking much!!

This story was so beautiful and had such a great cast of characters. I loved Yadriel, the main character, so much. He was such a strong character, that was struggling with so many things, such as being accepted by his family for being transgender. His best friend and cousin, Maritza, was another one of my favourites, as she was so sarcastic and witty. Finally, of course, I loved Julian Diaz so, so much! He was such a great character and I empathised with him a lot.
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tucker by: Miranda Reads

Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for the free audio file in exchange for an honest review
"Don't mourn me.
If you cry for me, I grieve your pain.
Instead, if you sing to me, I'll always live and my spirit will never die."

I probably wouldn't have picked this up if my friend Miranda hadn't recommended it to me but I am very glad she did. It was spooky, funny, and so, so adorable. It also had a pretty hefty plot twist in the end.

So, what's this book about?
When his traditional Latinx fami
Lucy Tonks
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-reads
"No, it wasn't the end. It was a better beginning."

I really liked this book, it was so cute, I do have a few complaints which I'll get to in a second, but at the time that I read this book this was just what I needed!

This book follows Yadriel, a trans boy, who is determined to prove his gender to his family and that he is a real brujo. With the help of his cousin, Maritza, he performs a retual to try an summon his murdered cousin's spirit. However, he end up summoning the ghost of the school's
Larry H
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Aiden Thomas' Cemetery Boys is a magical, emotional story about finding the courage to show everyone—including yourself—who you really are, with some terrifically creative fantasy thrown in.

First, let me say that I cannot believe I’ve read 300(!) books so far this year. I will read a few more (I’m one of those who reads up until the very end of the year) but this is the most I’ve ever read—and I don’t expect to ever read this amount again! (COVID has really messed with my sleep patterns.)

When a book has you crying at 5% in, you know it's going to hit hard.

Cemetery Boys was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020. I've been desperate to read it for months. So even though I'd preordered a book box with the book, I couldn't wait for it to arrive and purchased the ebook so I could start it on release day. And I have zero regrets, because as high as my expectations were, this book lived up to them perfectly.

I firmly believe this will be a new comfort read for me, one I'll reread
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This book was a fun time! I’ll admit it took me a little bit to get into, but it eventually was able to find its groove.

Yadriel is a teenager from a long line of brujx, those with the power to bridge the living world with the dead. After he and his cousin, Maritza, perform the coming-of-age ritual for brujos that’d been denied to Yadriel, they meet Julian, a recently departed spirit who’s in the dark about his own passing. Both boys have things they need to accomplish, one wanting to prove hims
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, favourites
“No, it wasn't the end. It was a better beginning.”

representation: own voices trans Latinx (Cuban Mexican) MC, Haitian side character, Columbian side character, gay MC & love interest.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


This was EVERYTHING. Also the fact that the audiobook was also narrated by a trans Latinx dude was awesome!!! This book was absolutely HILARIOUS, heartwarming and so, so endearing. I'm obsessed.

trigger warnings: misgenderi
♠ Tabi⁷ ♠
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Queer folks are like wolves," Julian told him. "We travel in packs."


Two ownvoices reviews: Caidyn & Adri

Step aside, all those of a close mind—this one isn't for you. This is a book for those looking to see themselves so vividly, so wonderfully in a story. This is for the trans readers who have been pushed aside, misunderstood, unseen, and who've been told they're not enough.

Disclaimer: I'm a white, cisgender gal who regrettable hasn't taken the time to dive into Latinx culture despite being rai
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt-read, 3-star
“You don’t need anyone’s permission to be you, Yads,”

Watch me being the queen of theories lol. I had two and both of them turned out to be true.

Buddy read with ᴄᴏʟᴇᴛᴛᴇ ♡, ✨ Christy ✨ and Krisztina Imbre.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"Queer folks are like wolves. We travel in packs."

First of all, Cemetery Boys was my first major re-introduction into YA fantasy after taking almost two years off from the genre, and let me say that it was literally one of the best possible stories I could have chosen to break my hiatus with. YA fantasy used to be my most commonly read genre, so I got a bit burnt out and thought I had just worn out my welcome with it, but Cemetery Boys reminded me of everything I adore so much about the incr
Aug 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
I definitely got the "did I read a different book than everyone else" feeling when seeing the scads of positive reviews, but I did not like this at all. I'll get to why in a second, but let's start with the part of it that was great, which was the trans representation. I think trans boys are going to read this book and feel seen. This aspect of the book was super well done, compassionate and important. The romance is pretty cute, and I liked the romantic interest (Julian).


This book is next-l
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
honestly the fact that I read the first five pages of this and put it down for an entire week before picking it back up again is a crime and should be treated as such

seriously though, y’all weren’t lying; this was fucking incredible. Cemetery Boys deserves every word of praise it’s gotten and more. I would give my heart and soul to both Yadriel and Julian

> 4.5 stars


I know I’m late to this but have y’all heard of this book featuring ghosts, a trans mc and latinx inspired legends???
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Aiden Thomas is a New York Times Bestselling author with an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, Oregon. As a queer, trans, Latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for ...more

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