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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  6,328 ratings  ·  2,101 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

OHMYGOSH. Goodreads Choice Nominees are in and My Reaction Video is up! Don't forget to vote!

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
"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
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,
Sahil Javed
May 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbtq
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.
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!
☑ Check out this interview I did with Aiden Thomas!
☑ 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
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
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
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
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
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
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 Latinix culture despite being ra
May 23, 2019 is currently reading it
I think 2020 should be renamed 20TRANSty just because of this book and all the #ownvoices transgender umbrella releases coming up.
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 side character, Cuban-American side characters, lesbian side character, trans side character
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
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
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
buddy read with Maryam, Laura

This was just purrfect. It was an easy and interesting read; I enjoyed listening to it so much.

One of the things I especially liked was how it's focused on family and friendship, and while there’s still romance it’s not heavy, it’s just sweet and the perfect amount. The story centers more on Yadriel’s struggles with his family understanding him and accepting him for who he is, and I think that it’s important to read more books like this that make you more awar
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars

“Yadriel was drawn to him like a moth to a flame. To his foolhardy charm and striking features. Julian was achingly beautiful, but in the way a thunderstorm was beautiful—wild, rough, electric.”

Thank you, my darlin’ Darce for surprising me with this wonderful gift! You’re the best friend a bookish girl (or anyone for that matter!) could ever ask for (!); I love youssss! 🤍💜🤍 ]

THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! I am so freaking excited over this DEBUT ! AMAZING. I cannot g
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
“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.
I am so ready to fall in love with this. This has been one of my highly anticipated books of the year so I swear to god, if I don't love this, I think I'll sit in a corner and cry.

3.75 stars


Well, while I don't think I can say I "love" loved the book, it is safe to say that there wasn't any crying involved because I quite enjoyed this book. The biggest reason why I think I wasn't able to completely fall in love with it the way I had hoped to was because it was impossibly predictable
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
more hot ghosts in 2020 thank u

(ngl trying to resist making jokes about 'hot ghost autumn')
Jenny Lawson
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good. One of the books you feel like is a movie in your mind.

Own voices paranormal ghost-love YA novel about a Latinx trans boy. Recommend.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
As soon as I saw this book a few months ago on twitter, I knew that I had to read it. That cover? Witches? A trans main character? Sign me up.

From the beginning, my heart went out to Yadriel. With the magic system in this book, it is very gender driven and the brujo and bruja have different powers and roles. Yadriel has not been allowed to take on the role of a brujo because not everyone has accepted his identity as a boy. To prove his powers, Yadriel accidentally summons the spirit of a cute b
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I think the last time my heart felt like this was when I read Cerulean and I didn't think it would happen again but it just did !!

This book is so wholesome. It has such good diversity, characters, plot everything. I almost teared up like 3 times while reading. Jules, Yadriel and Maritza have my heart <3. Such a fantastic debut !

He nodded "Queer folks are like wolves," Julian told him "We travel in packs."

Read this !
Kayla Dawn
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
3,5* - I'd love to see this as a movie!
"But he knew this wasn't sustainable. No one was meant to last as a spirit floating between two worlds, especially not Julian. He was a boy made of fire turned to frost. He was meant to burn."

“Queer folks are like wolves," Julian told him. "We travel in packs."

“Julian was the most alive person he’d ever met. Even as a spirit, he was bright and full of constantly moving energy. A sun crammed into the body of a boy. Yadriel didn’t want to see him without his light.”

4 stars. Cemetery Boys is a
Jul 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
Y'all are kidding me, right? How many books am I supposed to buy for my birthday?
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'
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Like many others, I loved Cemetery Boys as well. It is abundantly clear that this book is a book of Aiden's heart, and that's why it feels so special and resonated with many readers.

- Follows Yadriel, a trans Cuban-Mexican teen who must prove to his family that he can be a brujo - and instead of summoning his cousin, he accidentally summons the ghost of local bad boy, Julian.
- I loved Yadriel and Julian's dynamic. There is an intensity there, but it's slow-burn and I just relished in how tender
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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.” 13 likes
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