History was made on September 9th and, for once in 2020, it was for something good. Aiden Thomas’s debut novel Cemetery Boys appeared at #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Why is this such a big deal? They’re the first openly transgender author with a fiction book focusing on a transgender character to ever make the list. It’s rare for me to feel good about anything I see on Twitter that’s not a meme, but this time was different.
Here’s the book’s official description:
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.”
And here’s what Thomas has to say about the book:
Honestly, they had me at ” Ghost-Story-Turned-Gay-Rom-Com.” Cemetery Boys is available from most major book retailers and you can get your copy today.