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Meg & Linus Hanna Nowinski


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. . . .


“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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Jim Dean on July 6, 2015, 7:41 p.m. said:

Jim Dean

This is such a cute story, one of the warmest and sweetest LGBT contemporaries I've read. I really loved both main characters here - I normally prefer female leads, but I think if anything Linus was just a TINY bit better than Meg; he's hugely adorable and I really felt for him with his lack of confidence in believing Danny would want to be with him. Meg is also great, though, and I think the gradual potential rekindling of her relationship with Sophia made an awesome contrast to the first love of Linus and Danny. Two excellent central couples, then - but what added a lot to this story, for me, was the portrayal of the parents, who weren't around that much but were massively supportive and generally awesome. Fun, charming, and I'd buy several copies right now as I know lots of my friends would love it!

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Hanna Nowinski on July 7, 2015, 3:37 a.m. said:

Hanna Nowinski

Jim, thank you so much! I'm glad that you liked the parents. And I had so much fun writing Linus, I'm just really happy every time someone says they like him! :) I really appreciate the support and this awesome review, thank you!

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