Cemetery Boys | Reflection & Review

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Cemetery Boys: Book Information

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Length: 352 pages
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Acquired through Edelweiss
Release Date: September 1, 2020

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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.

Author Information

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Aiden Thomas is a YA author with an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, OR. As a queer, trans, latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, Harry Potter trivia, Jenga, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.

Their debut novel, CEMETERY BOYS, will be published September 1, 2020.

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My ‘Cemetery Boys’ Reflection & Review

**I received a copy of Cemetery Boys through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

When I began reading Cemetery Boys, I knew that this was a special book. Everyone is anticipating its release in excitement, and for good reason! Yadriel, Maritza, and Julian are all the sweetest characters! I enjoyed the chemistry they had with one another. Each time one endured a struggle, the others were there to support immediately.

Strong Latinx Representation

I am here for the Latinx representation in this story! There are Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican representation in Cemetery Boys. Maritza herself is both Puerto Rican and Haitian, and I love to see this rich blending in cultures. Being Puerto Rican myself, I immediately identified with Maritza’s character. For example, Maritza frequently negotiates with her strict family to socialize after school hours. I can surely relate to this situation! I also loved the fact that many of the families lived in intergenerational households. In the Latinx culture, we cherish our older generation just as strongly as our younger members.

Additionally, I love the rich history of Dia de Muertos throughout the book. All the brujx convene as a community for this sacred event. Younger members contribute and learn from both their older siblings and parents. Also, the respect of the deceased is stressed throughout the story.

Yadriel’s Personal Journey

Equally important in Cemetery Boys is the strong Trans representation. Yadriel is trans, and wants acceptance from his family. He knows in his heart that he’s a brujo, yet the anxiety of proving so is very large. It takes the unfiltered patience from Julian and Maritza to guide Yadriel in realizing his strength. He takes small yet profound steps in asserting his identity. There is a heartwarming scene in which Yadriel, with the help of Julian, discovers self-acceptance . This is a huge step in Yadriel’s journey toward openly embracing his true gender.

Final Thoughts

To conclude, I leave you with this: Cemetery Boys is wonderful! It’s a strong story that displays strong Trans and Latinx characters. There’s also an intense (and romantic) paranormal story line, and I live for it!

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