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Publisher Description

Award-winning author and artist Mike Curato draws on his own experiences in Flamer, his debut graphic novel, telling a difficult story with humor, compassion, and love.

"This book will save lives." —Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of National Book Award Finalist Hey, Kiddo

I know I’m not gay. Gay boys like other boys. I hate boys. They’re mean, and scary, and they’re always destroying something or saying something dumb or both.

I hate that word. Gay. It makes me feel . . . unsafe.

It's the summer between middle school and high school, and Aiden Navarro is away at camp. Everyone's going through changes—but for Aiden, the stakes feel higher. As he navigates friendships, deals with bullies, and spends time with Elias (a boy he can't stop thinking about), he finds himself on a path of self-discovery and acceptance.

Godwin Books

26 Reviews

“I was provided with the eGalley of FLAMER through Macmillan Children's publishing group! This graphic novel left me in tears. It details a week in the summer between Aiden Navarro's 8th-grade year and his first year of high school in which he grapples with his fear of his own sexuality and being different from kids his age. He feels like an outcast, alone in this world with no one to turn to. His home life isn't great and he is continuously bullied by his schoolmates and a few of the campers at his Patrol Troop Camp, and he has a crush on his best friend and bunkmate. Curato touches on heavy topics such as racism. coming to terms with your sexuality, body image, and suicide/suicidal thoughts. The drawing style of the comic panels was perfect for the time period and it was an insightful look into the struggles of being a teenage boy, which I feel that we don't often get to hear about. It really lifted the curtains and gave a valuable glimpse into the psychology of these boys and showed that girls aren't the only kids struggling through puberty and transitioning from one learning environment to another. Everyone should read this!”
“this book is quite literally so beautiful”

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