Cemetery Boys

Aiden Thomas

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ romance young adult
adventurous emotional mysterious medium-paced

344 pages | first published 2020

A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's New York Times-bestselling paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as groundbreaking.

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.

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adventurous 82%
emotional 77%
mysterious 57%
hopeful 51%
funny 44%
inspiring 30%
lighthearted 19%
dark 15%
tense 14%
reflective 9%
sad 9%
informative 6%
challenging 5%
relaxing 1%


medium 63%
fast 32%
slow 3%

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