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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.

Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, c2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627796415
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVELS FLA
Characteristics: 366 pages :,chiefly illustrations (some colour) ;,22 cm


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TeensReadItFirst Nov 16, 2020

Reviewed by Tina Z.

In the book Flamer the most prominent feature was symbolism. The fire was the only thing that was coloured, it stood out to me the most and made me wonder in many ways. The fire symbolized energy and unity in this book. It was the only thing that kept Aiden going when he was down. He was one of the people who had to keep watch of the fire when they were at camp, so they would have warmth. The fire was a symbol that represented how Aiden wanted to vanish sometimes because of how his body looked. Over and over again Aiden said he wished that he was more skinny and in shape like the other guys. This book was really good because it tells us what happens in the real world in the imaginary setting.

Something I really enjoyed about this book is that Mike Curato used different characters to explain how Aiden is capable of things even when he is feeling down. Mike Curato made Aiden feel that there are people there for him when he needs it. This represented a theme of friendship. Friends are the people that help you when you feel down and make you feel better. That is exactly what Aiden’s friends did to help him get through the time.

Overall this was a great book. I would rate it four stars. If you like comic books with adventure and a theme of friendship, this is the comic book for you.

JCLEmmaF Aug 27, 2020

My eyes are a little wet! Flamer deals with homophobia, racism, entering high school, body positivity, and religion, all at a summer camp. If it sounds too much or unrealistic, somehow, it's not. While it is definitely overwhelming and nearly fatal for our main character, it is an accessible and inviting book, so worth reading.

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OPL_KrisC Nov 12, 2020

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