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Like a Love Story

Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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“A love letter to queerness, self-expression, and individuality (also Madonna) that never shies away from the ever-present fear within the queer community of late '80s New York, Like a Love Story made me feel so full - of hope, love, courage, pride, and awe for the many people who fought for love and self-expression in the face of discrimination, cruelty, and death.

"A book for warriors, divas, artists, queens, individuals, activists, trend setters, and anyone searching for the courage to be themselves.” (Mackenzi Lee, New York Times best-selling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)

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. 

This is a bighearted, sprawling epic about friendship and love and the revolutionary act of living life to the fullest in the face of impossible odds.

©2019 Abdi Nazemian (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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A must read for all

This book is set in 1989/1990 and is a snapshot of NYC life for a few teenagers and a whole lot of Queer folx fighting for their lives during the AIDS epidemic. It was so well done & I cried and I laughed and I reminisced. Such an important look at culture, family, and finding your true self.

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This love story moves me.

I love the story. This era brings so many memories. So life like. Narration awesomeness.

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Life & Raw Human Emotion

Skillfully crafted tale of relationships, conflict, tragedy and, above all, love during the early years of AIDS. Stunningly woven with characters with real heart and deeply emotional experiences. Wow!