Like a Love Story

Like a Love Story







It's 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing.

Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He's terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he's gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media's images of men dying of AIDS.

Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS who devotes his time to activism as a member of ACT UP. Judy has never imagined finding romance...until she falls for Reza and they start dating.

Art is Judy's best friend, their school's only out and proud teen. He'll never be who his conservative parents want him to be, so he rebels by documenting the AIDS crisis through his photographs.

As Reza and Art grow closer, Reza struggles to find a way out of his deception that won't break Judy's heart--and destroy the most meaningful friendship he's ever known.


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  • Chaima ? ?????

    Like a Love Story is the kind of book I wish I read as a teen when I was still navigating the pathways of my sexuality and needed the kindness of a friend who sits with you in comfort by the fire and ...

  • Larry H

    Wow, this book hit very close to home for me.It's 1989 in New York City. Reza has just moved with his mother to live with his wealthy new stepfather and stepbrother, and attend his final year of high ...

  • Thomas

    Could YA books with queer characters of color be any more iconic? I loved Like a Love Story and I'm so happy it exists, alongside books like Benjamin Alire Saenz's Ari and Dante and Kelly Loy Gilber...

  • Mads

    This book pissed me off in so many ways. The story itself could've been powerful as it takes place in the 1980s during the AIDS crisis. But the characters ruined it for me. They're extremely flawed an...

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    wowowowow, this is one of those stories that hollows you out completely and then makes you whole again. it’s a love letter to the queer community, and to past queer activists who have paved the way ...

  • Hussein Baher

    *clears voice**taps mic* AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHI'll probably write a coherent review later on... Maybe not.But until then GO READ THIS.Gtg cry in a corner....

  • Hollis

    LIKE A LOVE STORY is a little like a love story, really. But more in the sense of love for oneself, one's body, and one's community. I think it did a really good job of that, particularly when propped...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    "...a love story & a love letter to activism, NY, & Madonna." this looks great!...

  • R.K. Gold

    So close to five but just couldn’t get there:Super developed character:Stephen: mentor character and activist who showed the gravity of any situation while offering comic relief. Reza: one of the 3 ...

  • Dominic

    Truly one of the best books I've read all year, Like a Love Story has the potential for wide appeal, but perhaps its greatest strength is how unflinchingly queer it is. Abdi Nazemian writes a book tha...