• The Bossy Bookworm

Review of Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

Nazemian takes the reader to a powerful time in NYC through the experiences of characters that I cared about.

Abdi Nazemian's Like a Love Story is set during the late 1980s AIDS epidemic and is wrapped in the music, culture, activism, fear, and ignorance in NYC at that time.


Reza is originally from Iran and gains a new stepfamily in New York, where his eyes are opened to new possibilities and the terrifying and thrilling idea that he could ultimately live an honest life as a gay young man.


There’s lots of (warranted) Madonna worshiping; a wise, fiery, kind older mentor in all things gay culture and in fighting for what’s necessary; a love triangle; many references to classic movies and music; an education in crucial gay culture elements; and love, betrayal, bravery, and heartbreak.


Nazemian takes the reader to a powerful time in NYC through the experiences of characters that I cared about.


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In a way, this feels like a complementary read to Rebecca Stead's The List of Things That Will Not Change, which follows the main protagonists's gay father and partner and takes place in present-day New York City.



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