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Meg & Linus Hanna Nowinski

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Why focus on your own problems when your friend's love life is so much easier to fix?

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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. . . .

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“Meg?” he asks and stops walking, and when I turn to him he looks worried. “Is everything okay?”

I give up, shoulders slumping, and hang my head to stare at the dark ground of the parking lot beneath my feet. Sometimes it just really sucks having a best friend who actually knows you. “Not really?”

“What happened?”

I brush my hair from my face and can't quite make myself look up at him. I haven't actually told anyone other than my mom, telling people will just make it real, but Linus is my best friend and it's not like he isn't going to find out either way sooner or later.

“Sophia dumped me.”

He stares at me as if I've been speaking Elvish. Except, he'd probably have understood that. “Um. Excuse me?”

“Look, it's not really hard to understand at all: Sophia broke up with me. It's really a very simple concept. We were together. Now we're not. Do you need me to write it down for you?” I wince a little, shocked at myself for talking to him this way. I have no idea what's wrong with me today. But because Linus is the sweetest person alive, he doesn't turn on his heel and walk away from me like I would have deserved. Instead, he looks really worried, takes a careful step closer to me.

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Hardcover: $17.99
ISBN 9781250098603

E-book: $9.99
ISBN 9781250098610

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"Every queer kid in high school needs to read this novel. ... It’s exactly the sort of relevant and positive portrayal that is needed." —Teen Vogue

"Told in short chapters with alternating points of view, Meg & Linus is a story of friendship, stable families, and sweet romance. The fact that the protagonist and supporting characters are gay is a nonissue, which makes this a refreshing read." —VOYA

"Meg and Linus’s romantic lives take center stage, but first-time author Nowinski also addresses the difficulty of being queer in a small town, where pursuing a relationship requires confidence, and can involve a fear of outing or offending—all of which comes into play as Meg reflects on her past and Linus considers the possibility of a future with Danny." —Publishers Weekly

"Readers experience [Meg's] pain and Linus’ uncertainties as the story moves back and forth between their respective perspectives. . . . this is one of the rare LGBTQ books to feature both a gay boy and a lesbian who are friends." —Booklist

"I also love that friendship takes center stage in this story. . . . I didn't want the story to end! Such a beautiful story." —Rita, Swoon Reader

"I liked that both characters are queer, and while it is a part of the story, it's not the story itself. . . . It's delightfully refreshing." —Tammy Wanzer, Swoon Reader

"What made this unique was the strong friendship between the two narrators (who were not romantically interested in each other), and how that friendship influenced their romances with their partners. It was also refreshing to have LGBT representation that was beyond stereotypes." —Julia Durrant, Swoon Reader

"This book is a really lovely story about young love and being true to yourself despite the pressures to conform." —Jill Watkins, Swoon Reader

"Get ready to fall in love with two oddball nerdy best friends. . . . This adorable, warm hearted contemporary YA is tremendously funny, and full of some seriously swoony moments. . . . The world needs more diverse love stories, whether that be long time girlfriends working through some issues, first crushes or friendships." —Charlie, Swoon Reader

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62 comments on "Meg & Linus"

GoodGothGirlReads on Jan. 3, 2016, 4:11 p.m. said:

GoodGothGirlReads


This book made my heart happy! I loved Meg and Linus and their friendship, and how their handled their love lives made sense with how the characters were portrayed. They learned about themselves and what they wanted, then figured out how to take action. The whole book rang true. The only thing I could possibly ask for would be an epilogue at high school graduation. Where is Meg going to college, and how are Linus and Danny handling the future. Otherwise, this book was awesome the way it is. Thank you for writing it!

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readlovebethebook on Dec. 29, 2015, 7:50 p.m. said:

readlovebethebook


I loved it, so much. I don't know if this was intentionally written in the voice of a teenager or it's just your overall style but it's beautiful. Let me explain - a lot of the time authors don't consider what teens may think as much as what they say, so while they may seem average with what they say it's always like some sort of Einstein mastermind when it comes to their thoughts. I think you beautifully captured the thoughts and vocabulary of fangirls and fanboys and nerds everywhere!

I was waiting for SO long for Linus and Danny to kiss! I really do think Linus is my favourite character, officially. I love Meg, I do, but Linus reminds me so much of myself and I could totally relate.

Thank you for writing this, it's absolutely beautiful.

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readlovebethebook on Dec. 29, 2015, 11:45 a.m. said:

readlovebethebook


Literally so beautiful so far. I feel like it really is an accurate representation of teens :)

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Chen Yan Chang on Oct. 13, 2015, 9:49 a.m. said:

Chen Yan Chang


What did you like about the story? Any suggestions on how the writer could improve it?

This was such a fun and sweet story! I love the friendship between Meg and Linus. They are best friends who want the other person to be happy and loved. They are willing to do anything for each other, even be a bit manipulative. I really love seeing the development of a love story between Linus and Danny, starting as tutor/tutored, then shifting to friends, and finally becoming boyfriends! Congrats on being selected, and I can't wait for your book to be published!

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Madison.Hacke on Sept. 22, 2015, 4:41 p.m. said:

Madison.Hacke


What did you like about the story? Any suggestions on how the writer could improve it?

LOVED IT! A little more couple time plz?😆

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Zoie K on Sept. 16, 2015, 12:13 a.m. said:

Zoie K


What did you like about the story? Any suggestions on how the writer could improve it?

This story was especially interesting to me because it wasn't like the two main characters were each other's love interests, which I find is something common I find in many YA Romances. As I was reading it, I became more engrossed in the story towards the middle, because while I'd read a little bit here, and a little bit there, there was just one day when BAM! I had to see how it would end! Very engaging, and extremely interesting plot line. I love nerdy protagonists, so that was awesome too!

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Lizzie on Sept. 9, 2015, 12:02 a.m. said:

Lizzie


OMG!!!

It's an official book!!!!!!!

Congratulations. All the cheers and smiles and great vibes,
I can't explain how excited I got when I saw the letters ISBN.

So, so excited.

Now I know what I'm asking as a Christmas present to my New York best friend.

:))))))))

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Pace Marshall on May 31, 2015, 10:37 a.m. said:

Pace Marshall


AH! YAY! A really fun story about two best friends trying to make it through high school!

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Hanna Nowinski on June 1, 2015, 4:17 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Thanks, Pace! I'm glad you had fun reading it. That was definitely my intention. :)

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Emily M on June 1, 2015, 4:34 a.m. said:

Emily M


So charming :).

<3.

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