Title: Like A Love Story
Author: Abdi Nazemian
Genre: Historical Fiction
About the book: It’s set in 1989 during the outbreak of the AIDS crisis, following three teenagers named Reza, Judy, and Art.
I received an advanced review copy from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: The title and cover are interesting.
Characters: I enjoyed seeing the growth of all three protagonists throughout the story. There’s diversity with both Reza and Art being gay. I love how the characters aren’t perfect because they all have their own problems.
“Don’t you want to create your own life?”
Writing: The book alternates between different points of view with each POV told in the first person. Some of the romantic scenes are more mature in nature. Nazemian makes many references to popular culture in the late 90s, most of which went over my head. That being said, I didn’t mind not knowing the songs or movies mentioned. If anything, it made the book feel more grounded in the late 1900s.
Final thoughts: I didn’t know what to expect for the ending, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. This novel isn’t just about love. It’s also about family and friendship. I think the themes are relevant and will resonate with a lot of young readers.
I’d recommend Like A Love Story to those interested in stories exploring homosexuality.