Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

Tanya Boteju

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ young adult
emotional hopeful lighthearted slow-paced

374 pages | first published 2019

Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town.

Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could be—one that can confidently express and accept love. But she’ll have to learn to accept lost love to get there.

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emotional 84%
hopeful 68%
lighthearted 60%
funny 48%
inspiring 44%
reflective 28%
adventurous 20%
challenging 12%
informative 8%
relaxing 4%
sad 4%
tense 4%


medium 62%
fast 25%
slow 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 8%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 81% | No: 9% | It's complicated: 4% | N/A: 4%

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