Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys

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Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.
Published: New York :, Swoon Reads,, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250250469
1250250463
Branch Call Number: YA THO
Characteristics: 344 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm

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Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.


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Greisi
Apr 01, 2021

I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I loved the tone and style of writing of Yadriel. I think this was a nice departure from the typical YA with the focus being on latinx culture and tradition and how difficult that can be for young teenagers who don't fit the mold of straight and cisgender. I'm looking forward to the next book written by this author and I definitely recommend it for reading for those who want to support minority voices and also just become more comfortable reading LGBT novels.

Gina_Vee Mar 07, 2021

I loved this book. I love the Dia de los Muertos theme and Yadriel's determination to be accepted by his family, not in an earning of approval way, but in a becoming more and more himself way no matter what his family says. I also like Julian's way of affirming Yadriel's identity by making sure Yadriel knows he does not need to prove anything to anyone. The ending almost made me cry.

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Margar_B
Feb 10, 2021

A beautiful, lush, romantic, sensual gem of storytelling! Yadriel and his world will leave you craving a sequel. Thomas' sensitive treatment of a trans main character is unsurprising since they themselves are trans, and the character development is much more sophisticated than so much YA literature that I've personally read. I could see this story being optioned for a film!

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15karobinson
Feb 01, 2021

A great read! I found parts of characterization of the teens to be more of an idea of what teens are like rather than what they really are - but what do I know, I'm not one anymore so maybe I'm wrong. Otherwise this story was fun and exciting and had a plot twist you can predict is coming only if you really read between the lines - to get to the reveal and get to know you had called it earlier was vindicating haha! It takes a bit to build up to actual action part of the plot but the build makes it worth it as you grow attached to the characters and invested in their story. The main character being trans was a bonus for me, and I enjoyed that with it being a story centered around death and ghosts as well as lgbtq+ people it still ends happily for the main cast.

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ddb883
Jan 20, 2021

Queer brujx that lives in a cemetery? This checks so many boxes for me!
Beautiful, heartbreaking, exciting, and funny, I highly recommend it.

LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 19, 2021

So the author made the mistake of revealing everything very early. If you are familiar with book tropes, especially YA you will easily guess most of the ending after chapter two. There is a scene that just completely sets the picture.

Having said this the characters are amazing, hilarious and very easy to connect with. There is a lot to love about this book. The relationships too make for a compelling read as Yadriel fights for acceptance from his community and handles a very full-on ghost with the help of his accepting cousin Maritza.

This book has excellent trans and latinx representation using both the culture and the language and how this connects with Yadriels gender identity in a complex relationship. The language is very gendered and the culture dictates different abilities for men and women. It would have been interesting to see it applied to a non-binary person.

I loved the vegan representation as Maritza is a vegan and this affects her ability to do magic but she fights for those who are important to her when it matters in whatever way she needs to. She fully supports Yadriel and is one of his best and only friends.

The book also has other LGBT representation in Yadriel's and Julian's relationship. I love these two together because they are such opposites and yet somehow it just works. I think more input and backsory about Julian's friends would have been interesting. Maybe spin off novels? Julian has a transwoman friend too for a different perspective though I can see why the author might not want to write that story.

There might have been very few surprises but this story was a lovely cute story that was well worth the wait

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sophiaL2001
Dec 29, 2020

Cemetery Boys is the breath of fresh air we need in YA literature. Yadriel does not find acceptance from everyone around him, he does face a lack of acceptance that leads him to take major risks to prove that he is a brujo, but along the way his ideas of what it takes to be a man change, and how far he “needs” to go to seek acceptance.
I read a lot of LGBT young adult literature, and many stories with trans protagonists seem to be written for a cisgender audience, including what I like to call the assault to acceptance storyline. Where the cis people around the trans person refuse to accept them until the trans person is assaulted. These storylines are traumatic, and not light fun reads for trans people.
Cemetery Boys is an enjoyable read for trans and cis audiences.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 21, 2020

Swoony romance, Latinx culture, trans representation. I really hope that Yadriel and Julian get the sequel they deserve!

Tigard_HollyCP Nov 05, 2020

Yadriel is the first trans (and gay) brujo that he knows of in his brujx community. Brujas have the power to heal (which he most definitely doesn't) and brujos help spirits move on to the afterlife (which he most definitely can). When he accidentally summons the spirit of a boy his age while trying to solve the mystery of a missing brujo, he stumbles on another mystery. Are they connected? A great paranormal story that manages to seamlessly weave in the very real issues that lgbtq+ kids face. Highly recommend for middle school and high school.

CCPL_Teens Nov 03, 2020

There is great LGBTQ+ and Latinx representation in this book. There are so many details about the Latinx and Brujx culture and what it's like to be a trans teen, you learn so much while also enjoying a high-stakes fantasy story.

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