Meg and Linus digs deep and brings new, strong voices to the ya contemp-o-sphere.

Meg & Linus
Hanna Nowinski
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?

Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.

But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .

From crowdsourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comes Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks—even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.

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M
ama Says:
Don’t miss out on what may very well be your favorite contemporary ya novel this year! If you’re a fan of reading characters that make you cringe, laugh and cry and cheer with them, you’ll love Meg and Linus.  It might seem like a gimmick at first glance, but these are two friends who could be in any high school, and you probably know people just like them.  It made reading this hard at times, as I really wasn’t expecting so much depth, but was glad for it.  I like to experience emotions while reading, rather than not caring what’s happening to anyone in the story.  While there isn’t some huge outer conflict to be resolved, the inner turmoil the kids go through mirrors some of what I went through as a teen and allowed me to reflect upon how I moved past it, compared to them.  It’s great to see another author being inclusive and not just relegating their diverse characters to stereotypical roles.  I highly recommend this to all my readers who are looking to change up their reading, or already enjoy non-heteronormative romances.

 

Author Bio:

Hanna Nowinski is a language enthusiast and trained translator for German and English who lives in the middle of nowhere, Germany. She has wanted to be a writer since she learned that books were made by real people. As a kid, she made up her own bedtime stories, mostly sending her stuffed animals on adventures around the world. She loves books, music, coffee, and getting way too emotionally invested in TV shows. Meg & Linus is her debut novel.

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