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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
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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"

mander on June 16, 2015, 4:48 p.m. said:

mander


Here are my comments I already sent you but wanted to share:

linus and danny and their cute obliviousness and hesitations were adorable and just the right amount of being frustrating. "NOW KISS" was of course my on-going mantra. i wish meg had been more upfront and explicit to both of them (at the time), but it of course all worked out.

i feel like this was a sincere and real portrayal of high school. not all high school is over the top with millions of harrowing plot points. this book had a refreshing ease that hopefully won't be overlooked because of its understated-ness.

meg and linus. that is an interesting friendship. they like weird shit ;)

Does Danny write fanfic too?! because that's totally my headcanon!

I was thinking/wondering what a sequel, like the next semester, would be like from sophia and danny's POVs?!

think that's it. thanks for letting me read it! twas a pleasure.

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Hanna Nowinski on June 17, 2015, 1:30 p.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Thank you so much for reading and for all of your notes, I really appreciate them! And believe me, it was a pleasure sharing this with you! For the record, it is my headcanon too that Danny writes fanfiction. In my head, he's quite the devoted Buffy fanboy. If I ever do consider a sequel to this, it might be fun to explore Danny and Sophia being constantly baffled by the way that Linus and Meg's minds work. Thanks again, you're awesome! <3

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Mandy S. on June 19, 2015, 9:38 p.m. said:

Mandy S.


This is just lovely. :)

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Hanna Nowinski on June 20, 2015, 7:52 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Yay, thank you so much, Mandy! <3

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Sara P on June 22, 2015, 3:29 a.m. said:

Sara P


Sweet and lovely, as always! :)

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Hanna Nowinski on June 23, 2015, 2:37 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Thank you so much, Sara! <3

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Jill Watkins on June 22, 2015, 10:47 a.m. said:

Jill Watkins


This book is a really lovely story about young love and being true to yourself despite the pressures to conform. I fell in love with the character Linus, he is someone you would just love to be friends with, and watching him struggle to understand that he can be desired as a friend and as a romantic interest was a delight. All the characters in this book are kind to each other, and value their friendships, it's very heart-warming. This book doesn't have a lot of drama or cliff-hangers, but I still didn't want to put it down once I started reading.

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Hanna Nowinski on June 23, 2015, 2:43 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Ahh, THANK YOU. I'm especially glad that you like Linus. :D And yes, I just kind of have a *thing* for kindness and friendship because imo there's nothing sexier in the world than people liking each other and being nice to each other. I'm glad you liked that! Thanks so much for reading! <3

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Charlie on June 22, 2015, 8:29 p.m. said:

Charlie


Get ready to fall in love with two oddball nerdy best friends, Meg & Linus. Meg is coping with heartbreak by deflecting her attention to her best friend's love life. Linus is just trying to get his words out and teach math. This adorable, warm hearted contemporary YA is tremendously funny, and full of some seriously swoony moments. I dare you not to fall for drama student Danny Singh. Or to get embroiled in Meg's plotting. The world needs more diverse love stories, whether that be long time girlfriends working through some issues, first crushes or friendships. I really loved this story and hope everyone will get a chance to read it!

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Hanna Nowinski on June 23, 2015, 2:46 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Thank you, Charlie! :D I'm glad you liked these characters and their nerdiness. Writing them was so much fun for me. Thanks so much for reading and for this wonderful review, I really appreciate it!

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