Star rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: via Goodreads–
A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas’s paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as “groundbreaking.”
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.
General information: Thanks to the New Orleans Public Library for the ebook version of this that I read! This book was published in 2020 by Swoon Reads.
Y’all, I just can’t with this book. It made me cry and that’s probably the highest praise I can give a book.
I was a little skeptical going in because I usually have a hard time connecting to teen protagonists, but Yadriel, Maritza, and Julian were so vivid and well-written that they couldn’t help but suck me in!
I had a theory that turned out to be right (no spoilers) and I’ve never been more upset to be correct in my life. Even though I predicted the end twist, it still felt like a gut punch to actually read it.
And the romance! It was so adorable! Teen romances usually aren’t my thing, but like the characters, this one was written so well that it had me completely invested. I would read a whole other book by Aiden Thomas just about them hanging out. I’m imagining there’s probably fanfiction already.
This novel was really hyped up on Book Twitter and it completely lived up to the hype- even exceeded it! If you’re into young adult fiction at all (or even if you’re not, like me), please check this book out. Especially if you love well-written LGBTQ+ characters. I highly recommend it!
Now I’m gonna go cry some more and probably re-read the ending.
Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!