Flamer: Book summary and reviews of Flamer by Mike Curato

Flamer

by Mike Curato

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Flamer by Mike Curato
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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.

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.

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"The use of [color]...is a master class in simplicity. But the true star of this book is the writing, which describes a boy who could live in any decade on his journey of self-discovery. This is a story that will be read and reread, and for some, it will be the defining book of their adolescence. Buy it. Read it. Share it." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Through straightforward, thick-lined art, Curato interweaves surrealistic, emotionally charged moments...Emotional and raw, Curato's story plummets Aiden deep into despair, including suicidal ideation, juxtaposing powerful moments of burning, fiery hope." - Publishers Weekly

"This book will save lives." - Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of National Book Award Finalist for Hey, Kiddo

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Mike Curato

Mike Curato has the fortune of possessing a designer's brain, an illustrator's heart, and an artist's vision. You can find him on any given day walking around the city eating a cupcake (or thinking about it). He is also the author and illustrator of Little Elliot, Big City.

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