Nowinski, Hanna. “Meg & Linus”, Swoon Reads, 2017.
Meg and Linus are best friends who share a love of school, coffee and being queer. It’s hard to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town but they have each other and are happy.
However, things start to change when Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. At the same time, Linus starts tutoring the new kid, Danny and Meg thinks setting them up is a great chance to get her mind off of her own heartbreak. But, Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. This is a story about two teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks.
The story is told in alternating points of view and it is sweetly romantic. Meg and Linus have to deal with pain and uncertainties as the story goes forward.
We do not get many stories of a lesbian and a gay guy being best friends and that makes this a unique story. It is also a story of a very strong friendship of two people who are not romantically interested in each other but really care. Even with the pressures from others to conform, the two remain true to themselves throughout.
Meg and Sophia have been together since Meg was fifteen years old and Meg already dreams about getting married after college. Therefore she is shocked when Sophia breaks up with her at the end of the summer. Sophia is a year ahead of her and already in college and doesn’t want a long distance relationship. This devastates Meg is devastated but is determined to try new things. So she and Linus join the drama club. However, she has a motive and wants Linus to find a boyfriend so she is going to help him to get together with Danny but she isn’t even sure that Danny is gay.
When Linus begins hanging out with Danny,
their friendship starts to change. Linus does not know how to help Meg with her broken heart.
This is both a love story and a story about friendship as well as insecurities, happiness and change.
I love the ethnic diversity here— Danny is Indian and Sophia is African American.
Meg and Linus take risks and try new things as we watch them grow over the course of the book.
The characters are well drawn and give a feeling of validation for others who identify as geeky and queer. Meg and Linus are both comfortable with their sexuality and I found the focus on love to be well done and fun to read.