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Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys

“But belonging meant denying who he was. Living as something he wasn't had nearly torn him apart from the inside out. But he also loved his family, and his community. It was bad enough being an outsider; what would happen if they just couldn't--or wouldn't--accept him for who he was?”

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his 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 up 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.

Alphabet Team Review

I LOVED this book. I slammed through it so fast that I immediately reread it a second time so that I was sure that I didn’t miss anything crucial.

The plot felt so fresh and I immediately fell in love with Yadriel and his plight on this empowering story that is about honouring and fighting for your truth - and ghosts. This is a paranormal story with an unexpected chilled out vibe for most of the book, a couple of great little side quests and a gang of queer characters that feel like your friends.

It is written beautifully. It interweaves the reality of queer pain and trauma without lingering and settling on it, and offsets it with clever humour. You find yourself smiling and crying on the same page. Also a gender-affirming magical system? YES. LatinX inspired mythology? YES.

As an aside, I love that the author never reveals Yadriel’s deadname. As a reader, I don’t need to know it. Yadriel is the only name we need.

-Chelsea 

Product Info

Publisher: ‎ Swoon Reads
Date: September 1, 2020
Language: ‎ English
Hardcover: ‎ 346 pages
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1250250469
Reading age: ‎ 13+

Full Description

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.

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.

Content Warnings

Blood magic (referenced)
Character abuse (off-page)
Deadnaming of a trans character
Death (parental)
Gender dysphoria
Homophobia
Misgendering
Transphobia

Packaging

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