Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian was a book club choice for the faculty/staff book club this year. Amazon: “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.” While I enjoyed the first and last thirds, the middle dragged so much that I almost abandoned it. Enough people had shared that they liked it that I pushed through and I’m glad I did. It’s very sad and more young adult than I usually enjoy, but it was a good read overall.
I read this last year and thought it was great!