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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"

Lizzie on June 29, 2015, 11:16 p.m. said:

Lizzie


I saw this book being recommended on a friend's tumblr page and I just had to read it. Am SO happy I did. This was my forst time on this page and I feel like there coudn't be a better introduction.

I really liked theway you introduced the story. And the shifts from Meg to Linus were really on point. The flow was easy and I couldn't put it down. Not unless I absolutely HAD to.

I loved your characters, loved the way they grew. Little by little, not too much and not too fast. Loved that they stayed true to themselves.

Every time Meg's mom appeared I just though "can I have her" I mean, I'd share her with Meg, I promise. The friendship was awesome. Danny and Linus were so cute and Sophia and Meg are my newest OTP.

At moments, reading your story was like sitting next to a mostly closed window when is raining but the sun is still out. The sound of the rain is soothing, the earth smells amazing, a little bit of wind comes inside, just soothing and mellow and even a bit sad. And then I would just scare my cat because I started laughing like a madwoman. Or got aprehensive because Meg was planning something, Sometimes I felt I was reading the sweetest of fanfiction and that I had met your characters since forever and I was rediscovering them.

I even felt like I wanted to be back in highschool for a moment. And that, is no easy feat.

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Hanna Nowinski on July 1, 2015, 2:27 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


What a lovely review, thank you so, so much! I'm so glad you liked the characters, and I' sure that Meg would share her mom with you if you asked her. :)

And I'm happy to hear that Meg and Sophia are your OTP! :D

Thank you thank you THANK YOU for your awesome comment, you absolutely made my day with this!

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Leni Mayer on June 30, 2015, 11:40 a.m. said:

Leni Mayer


I really really loved this! The characters are so diverse and lovable and I loved the focus on friendship and how important communication is for any kind of relationship. I liked how clear and upfront Linus and Meg were once they realised their actions were kind of toxic. And Danny and Sophia are super sweet and I bet wonderful people to date. I'm so glad I finally read this!

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Hanna Nowinski on July 1, 2015, 2:35 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Thank you! :) I'm glad you enjoyed it and that you liked the characters. Relationships come in all shapes and forms and it was important to me to highlight other kinds of love in addition to the two romances, so I'm really glad that you enjoyed that! Thanks so much, Leni! <3

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Vera Garnes Burris on July 3, 2015, 9:25 p.m. said:

Vera Garnes Burris


A cute story with all of the well-intentioned deception. There are great relationships, like Meg and Linus and Meg and her mother and Linus and his parents. The lack of a relationship with Meg and her father is interesting.
I like Linus's point that he and Danny had become friends so transitioning to boyfriends wasn't too awkward for him. Building a snow alien was fun.
Glad that Meg and Sophia had their closure/re-opening and that they really thought about things, didn't just jump back into each others' arms..
If you do any re-writing, you might want to keep in mind your transitions from Linus's narration to Meg's and vice versa. For instance when he calls her, she says her phone rings. We know that would happen so unless there's something significant that she's doing when the phone rings, pick up her story at a new point...if that makes sense.
Danny was not only adorable, but very patient with the totally clueless Linus.

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Hanna Nowinski on July 6, 2015, 11:19 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Vera, thank you so much! I'm especially glad that you liked Meg and Sophia's storyline, and also that you liked the snow alien.
Thank you for pointing out the transitions between chapters - I'll definitely keep that in mind!
I really appreciate your comments, thanks so much for reading!

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Megan on July 5, 2015, 11:48 a.m. said:

Megan


I haven't actually finished this book, however I noticed there are only a couple of days left to comment and I don't think I'll have time to finish before commenting/rating is closed, so here it is.

I have definitely enjoyed what I have read of this book. It's fast paced, it's interesting, and both protagonists basically take every possible stereotype about gays and lesbians and flip them on their heads. Especially Linus; I don't think I've ever read a book with a gay protagonist who was anything like Linus. As I said, I haven't actually finished the book, so I don't know how it ends, but I can definitely say that I am rooting for the two main couples!

Now, even though I really liked it, I do think there is a lot of work that needs to be done on it, which is why I believe it should go through the publishing process. As somebody studying to be an editor, I can say this kind of manuscript is absolutely ideal for somebody like me. The opportunity to make a good book great? Sign me up! I can only imagine that other editors feel the same way. Whoever gets the pleasure of editing this manuscript is truly blessed.

Basically, I really think this book should get published, and when it does I will be first in line to buy a copy :)

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Hanna Nowinski on July 6, 2015, 11:23 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Thank you so much, Megan! Wow. That's so nice of you! :) I'm really happy that you liked Linus and that you're rooting for both couples!
Really, thank you so much! This has absolutely made my day! I hope you like the rest of the story! :)

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Nicole Kriener on July 6, 2015, 3:51 p.m. said:

Nicole Kriener


I loved Meg & Linus. It was a sweet story about friends and love. I laughed out loud at lots of parts and wanted to swoon at the others. I loved the young love that is expressed and how relationships evolve and change over time. I don't want to spoil anything but it was so great! Much love <3

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Hanna Nowinski on July 7, 2015, 3:33 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski


Thank you, Nicole! I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! And I'm particularly glad if I could make you laugh, that was definitely my intention with some parts of this story! :)

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