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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  18 reviews
After a bad breakup, Rasheed is determined to spend his last year of high school focused on his course work and to finish it with as little drama as possible. But when disaster strikes and his grandma ends up in the hospital, the threads holding his life together start to slowly unravel. Now, Rasheed has to deal with the return of his absent mother and sharing a home with ...more
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Published January 11th 2021 by NineStar Press
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H. Taylor
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Initially i gave this 5 stars, and then after sitting on it for a while I've settled on 4 stars, because there were a few things i didn't love.

First things first though, i was provided a copy of Lighter through netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lighter was your classic YA coming of age romance, with just the right about of family drama and parental presence.

We follow Rasheed as he deals with a poor break up (on his part), a poorly grandmother, the return of his estranged mother, and a
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Alex
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 10-and-11
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Lighter in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really cute, family focused queer YA romance which made me really happy since normally family in queer romance is only there to a) be the best most accepting people ever or b) be homophobic/make the characters worry that they're homophobic. It was really nice to see the protagonist's relationship with his Grandmother given equal weight to his romance arc.

There's nothing particularly new about Lig
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Fi
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Lighter is a lovely queer YA romance about Rasheed and Adam.
It was a fun read despite containing some heavier topics. I really enjoyed the chemistry and interactions between Rasheed and Adam. They made for a very sweet couple to follow.
I also enjoyed the different family dynamics going on throughout the story, especially the situation between Rasheed, his grandmother and his absentee mother.
The inclusion of Swahili phrases and discussions of the food that Rasheed and his family had enjoyed bac
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Nadia
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ah the feelings about this book. What a delightful and beautiful story. This book was very much needed at these times. The story was about a teen named Rasheed whose grandma suffered a stroke and his mom arrived back in his life. Juggling his feelings of anger, anxiety and love towards an absentee mom and an ill grandma, he had to figure out what to do with those feelings. Adam was the former friend, and current love interest that was amazing for him. Rasheed needed hope and love. Adam’s family ...more
Mia
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. The ending makes me want to read a sequel because of how it ended. I loved the representation of gays, and bisexuals. i have nothing to hate about this book its well written and has a good plot and backstory.
Malini
I smiled through this entire book. It's exactly what I was looking for in an escapist romantic read: delightful POC and LGBTQIA+ representation, a simple and genuine writing style, and a plot that explores difficult topics (CW: (view spoiler)) without becoming too heavy.

It was pure delight to see the world through Rasheed's eyes for a time. A. Aduma did a wonderful job of imbuing him with both charming adolescence and
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Teresa
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Title: Lighter
Author: A. Aduma
Publisher: NineStar Press
ISBN: 978-1-64890-188-1
Buy Link: https://ninestarpress.com/product/lig...
Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Blurb:
After a bad breakup, Rasheed is determined to spend his last year of high school focused on his course work and to finish it with as little drama as possible. But when disaster strikes and his grandma ends up in the hospital, the threads holding his life together start to slowly unravel. Now, Rasheed has to deal with the return of his
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Veronica of V's Reads
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rasheed is a Kenyan teenager living in the Dallas-area with his grandma, who has raised him. His mother is a filmmaker, and she's been largely absent in his life, even before she got them out of Kenya. Grandma had been abused by her husband, and they had been in flight from his wrath before they were brought to the US. He's always felt less than, because his mom never seemed to take an interest in him.

Rasheed is out to his grandma and friends, and has been for several years. It was the reason h
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Amelia
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very cute read! This book follows our main character Rasheed as he navigates his way through some hard times in his life. His Granma being hospitalized, his absent mother returning to his life, and a childhood crush rekindling.

Overall, I thought this book was sweet and very feel-good-y. I found myself smiling a lot and once even cracking up (it's very rare a book makes me LOL). I'm a suck
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Salem Reid
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lighter is a wonderful novel about Rasheed, an incredible own voices story about a young adult struggling with the aftermath of losing his father as a child and being raised by his grandmother due to neglect. In this story his grandmother has a stroke and this causes Rasheed’s mom to come home, stirring troublesome feelings and present trauma and emotional distress, while he witnesses his grandmother find love after an abusive relationship and how he deals with feelings for his ex crush.

This st
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Jane
Jan 17, 2021 added it
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3.5 stars
'Lighter' is a really lovely book about Rasheed, who emigrated from Kenya to the US with his mother and grandmother when he was a child. At the beginning of the story, we find him grappling with several big issues. His granma, who raised him, has a stroke; his estranged mother returns home; and his former crush, Adam, reappears in his life just when he has more than enough to handle.

This gentle book shines in its portrayal of relationships. Rasheed's affection for his granma, and the p
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Dead Sirius
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed how Rasheed's story had a lot of nuance. Lighter really explored his relationships with different people in his life whether than was romantic, friendships, or familial. It added a lot more complexity to Rasheed's story that isn't always seen in YA queer romance novels. I particularly enjoyed the small, slice of life scenes A. Aduma captured in this book such as the everyday moments between friends and cookin
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Sarah
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

There was so much to love about this book. Rasheed is a very relatable teen, struggling with the reality of his grandmothers health and the sudden return of his absentee mother. The way that both relationships play out on the page -- plus the inclusion of Paul -- is painfully real. Families are imperfect, and not everyone can be the person you need them to be, and this book shows this wonderfully while still giving Rasheed the su
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Des
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
the publisher kindly provided me with an arc through netgalley

This was such a fun, lighthearted and quick read. While there were some serious topics it was mostly just funny and easy. I love family dynamics but often with lgbt books the family is only there to cause drama with a coming out so this was refreshing that this wasn't the focus of the book. I love Rasheed he's a lovely guy and his thought process made a lot of sense to me and his dynamic with his grandma was heartwarming. Also the wa
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Kasey
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I just hope there is a sequel because of how it ended. The best representation I have seen. I loved the gay and bisexual representation. I thought it was very well written!
Rebecca Crunden
Jan 17, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbt-fiction
➵ arc copy received from netgalley
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