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Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens | Tanya Boteju
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Judy Blume meets RuPauls Drag Race in this funny, feel-good debut novel about a queer teen who navigates questions of identity and self-acceptance while discovering the magical world of drag. Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mothers unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town. Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could beone that can confidently express and accept love. But shell have to learn to accept lost love to get there. From debut author Tanya Boteju comes a poignant, laugh-out-loud tale of acceptance, self-expression, and the colorful worlds that await when were brave enough to look.
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alisonrose
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This was a sweet and fun read, definitely the kind of thing I needed. I love that drag culture is getting a moment in the sun here, and I would love to be friends with Deirdre, so long as she knew my ass is never getting on a stage. It‘s definitely a debut and is a little rough in parts, and some of the dialogue was a bit much, but I enjoyed it and will certainly check out whatever the author writes next. 3/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose

She did, however, give me a once-over and a wink. I thought it best to reciprocate with what I hoped was a flirtatious smile, but which I‘m sure looked more like a blend of pre-sneeze and constipation.

🤣🤣🤣

LoverOfLearning Omg. 😂💀😂 3w
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alisonrose

[Okay, the author just used the “I released a breath I didn‘t realize I was holding” line BUT it was right after the character left a Porta Potty which is the only acceptable time to use it, so I forgive them.]

Karisa 🤣🤭 3w
rubyslippersreads 🤢😂 3w
alisonrose @Karisa @rubyslippersreads 😬🚽🙅🏻‍♀️ 3w
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alisonrose

The tents dotted the far corner of the Weeds, and the rides occupied the rest of the space. Surprisingly, Charles loved rides. Unsurprisingly, I hated them. I couldn‘t see the point of scaring the crap out of myself. Life is terrifying enough as it is.

👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻

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alisonrose
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I wanted something fun and this definitely looks fun. This whole cover makes me smile. Hopefully the story inside will, too. #nowreading

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Lindy
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My praise:
1) A young lesbian of mixed South Asian heritage is the central character.
2) An interesting cast of other queer characters.
3) Engaging storylines.
4) Well-drawn drag performance milieu.
My reservations:
1) Supporting character Deirdra is a Black drag queen (but seems more of a trans woman) who‘s cast in the role of manic pixie dream girl.
2) A little too much teen angst.
Verdict: a pick in #audiobook.
#LGBT #ownvoices #Canadian #YA

Lindy A note about the audiobook narrator, Soneela Nankani: she‘s everywhere! (And she‘s great.) In the past year, I‘ve listened to at least 7 books that she‘s performed. 4mo
Cinfhen Good to know!! Excellent review💜 4mo
Lindy @Cinfhen 😘 4mo
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bookishkris
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I‘ve been looking forward to reading this, and now it‘s here!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I loved the depiction of drag & the first blush of queer community. This #YA about awkward baby dyke Nima brought me back to that period in my life. I loved the supportive adults: her hippie dad, lesbian family friend Jill, and drag mentor Deirdre. But: the plot about her mom who's left was underdeveloped and the characterization of Deirdre was off: she's constantly referred to as a drag queen not a trans woman but she always presents as a woman?

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This book is giving me serious nostalgia about the time when I was first coming out and went to my first Pride parade and drag show. 🏳️‍🌈 😍 #QueerBooks #YA #LGBTQBooks #GayYA

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rachelsbrittain
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This was a cute book about identity, love, friendship, and learning to be unabashedly who you are. The drag scene setting was a really fun one, and I absolutely adored Deidre (Nima's drag fairy godmother, basically). It didn't blow me away, but I think it's a fun story and potentially an important one to a lot of teens in situations like Nima's.

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