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Cemetery Boys

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  22,070 ratings  ·  5,807 reviews
A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as "groundbreaking."

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes de
Hardcover, 352 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.
Miranda Reads

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Annnd here's my original reaction to this book!


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The Written Review
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
myo (myonna reads)
yeah i cried, and?
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
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
Sahil Javed
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a gay book about a trans boy who may or may not be in love with a ghost? i didn't know i needed this until right now. ...more
"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
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 self-harm (for ritualistic purposes)

☑ Watch my spoiler-free #ownvoices reading vlog for Cemetery Boys!
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☑ Read my second CB review for even more detailed feelings!

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
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,
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
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'
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
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
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.)

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
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.
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
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
Sleepless Dreamer
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cemetery Boys is about Yadriel, a sixteen year old trans guy who wants to prove to his family and community that he is a brujo. One thing leads to another and he ends up accidentally resurrecting Julian, a snarky classmate who mysteriously died. We join this duo on their quest to uncover secrets and win over Yadriel's community. 

When it comes down to it, there's a lot that isn't great in this book. The plot is not particularly compelling and ends rather abruptly. There are several poor decisions
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: Latinx cast, Mexican-Cuban-American gay trans mc, Colombian-American gay li with ADHD, Puerto Rican-Mexican-American sc, Cuban-American scs, lesbian sc, trans sc
tw: deadnaming (name not on page), misgendering, transphobia, mentions of death of a parent, mentions of past gang violence, blood

4.5 ☆

this might be about ghosts but i have never felt more alive

also chapter 24 is the gayest shit i have ever read in my entire life
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, lgbt-read
“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.
Kayla Dawn
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
3,5* - I'd love to see this as a movie! ...more
leo | 飛べ
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yadriel'd once asked his mom why they didn't just take all of someone's pain when they were sad. She had explained it was important to let people feel grief and mourn the loss of a loved one.

This book made me feel seen like few others, and while it wasn't perfect, it was exactly what I needed right now. Yes, it was hard to read because of how relatable Yadriel was both as a trans person and as a grieving person, but it was also wonderful.

ps: I still dislike Maritza for ruining her si
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
alana ♡
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Just because we follow the ancient ways, does not mean we can’t also grow.”

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

My heart!

Aiden Thomas’ debut Cemetery Boys was absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future. Before we even start talking about this book can we just talk about how MONUMENTAL of a moment this author had being the first trans author to hit the NYT Bestselling List?! We love to see it and I hope that a book like this continues to inspire more authors to fight fo
5 / 5
this made me cry but it also made me so so happy omg 😭 to start off, the characters were the best part i think. i loved yadriel, julian, and maritza so much. i can relate to yadriel in some ways. he’s more anxious than the others and he can be awkward af, but he’s also so driven. i wanted to FIGHT everyone misgendering him, and i was so proud of everything he did. i can’t believe i can’t give him a hug. julian, on the other hand, was so funny and hyper, but he’s also protective and can get
Lauren Lanz
Cemetery Boys is a solid debut novel which I think features both prevalent pros and cons. The vibrant culture and outgoing characters in this story were wonderful to read about, however, I was let down with the pacing and plot.

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

Yadriel is a transgender boy struggling to prove to his Latinx family that he is a real Brujo. As Día de los Muertos approaches, Yadriel decides to stop waiting for his family’s acceptance, and performs a ritual in attempt at summoning h
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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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“Queer folks are like wolves," Julian told him. "We travel in packs."

(p. 125)”
“There's no way y'all have been around for thousands of years without there being one person not fitting into the 'men are this, women are that' bullshit." Julian sounded so convinced, so sure. His obsidian eyes locked onto Yadriel's. "Maybe they hid it, or ran away, or I dunno, something else, but there's no way you're the first, Yads.” 33 likes
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