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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

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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"

Hanna Nowinski on June 1, 2015, 8:46 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Thank you, Emily! <3 I&#039;m glad you liked it.

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Emily M on June 1, 2015, 4:36 a.m. said:

Emily M


Yay <3.

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Noemie on June 1, 2015, 4:44 a.m. said:

Noemie


Fun, feel good, an elaborate friendship and a lesbian love story that doesn't end in drama - exactly the kind of book I/we need !

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Hanna Nowinski on June 1, 2015, 8:48 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Yay! What a wonderful compliment, thank you, Noemie! I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

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Teach Gleek on June 2, 2015, 5:12 p.m. said:

Teach Gleek


This is a wonderful YA story. It's a sweet story that kids today should have a chance to read but probably wouldn't get published by mainstream companies since it doesn't involve either death or mayhem. A delightful read. Highly recommended.

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Hanna Nowinski on June 3, 2015, 8:04 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Thank you so much! I'm really glad that you liked it! :)

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Rita on June 6, 2015, 6:40 p.m. said:

Rita


This story is absolutely delightful! Meg and Linus and Linus and Danny and Meg and Sophia. The relationships and fumbling and missteps and learning of each other. Goodness, they're just so lovely. I also love that friendship takes center stage in this story. And a true friendship with people who are learning who they are, but are good to each other. Even when they're misguided. They're kind, gentle souls. And they'll make their way into your heart in the best way. I didn't want the story to end! Such a beautiful story.

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Hanna Nowinski on June 7, 2015, 6:09 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Thank you, Rita! I'm so glad you liked the characters! I've had a lot of fun writing them. Thanks so much for reading and for your wonderful review, I really appreciate it! :)

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Tammy Wanzer on June 7, 2015, 1:58 p.m. said:

Tammy Wanzer


This was adorable. I really enjoyed it! Meg reminded me so much of myself as a teenage girl - and now, to be honest - struggling to deal with difficult situations of the heart and not wanting to talk about them for fear of feeling too much. And Linus, I just wanted to bundle him up in my arms and give him the biggest hug. What a sweetheart! I really loved the POV change from Meg to Linus and back; it kept the story moving at a good pace, and showed how different the two characters are, but not at the same time. They both just want their best friend to be happy.

I liked that both characters are queer, and while it is a part of the story, it's not the story itself. It's refreshing to read about a girl having a girlfriend or a boy wanting to find a special boy, and not have the gender of the characters' affection be the focus. The feelings are the focus. Young people trying to make connections and navigate through life, just like anybody else. It's delightfully refreshing.

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Hanna Nowinski on June 8, 2015, 7:56 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Thank you so much for this amazing review, Tammy! I couldn't stop grinning since I got the email notification for it yesterday; you have absolutely made my day with this. I'm glad you could identify with Meg and thanks so much for your warm feelings toward Linus - those characters have become very dear to me over the months I have spent writing them. :)

You picked up on so many of the things that were important to me in your comment! Thank you! I appreciate it so much! Have a wonderful week!

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