Ziggy, Stardust and Me
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Ziggy, Stardust and Me

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When he's not being bullied or in therapy for anxiety, sixteen-year-old Jonathan lives with his alcoholic dad in the suburbs of St. Louis. Still coping with the death of his mother, his elaborate imagination keeps him afloat and is a balm against vicious school bullies. But everything changes when a Native American boy named Web joins his English class three weeks before the school year ends.

After being partnered for an English project, Jonathan realises Web is different from his classmates: he's confident, stands up to Jonathan's bullies, and calms Jonathan's severe anxiety. Then one day Web kisses him, and throws Jonathan into a tailspin. It's 1973 and being gay is considered a mental illness. Eventually he tells Web they can't be together.

But when things get bad at home Jonathan must decide if he wants to stand up to his dad, and his therapist, and be true to himself.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 33.02mm | 453.59g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0525517642
  • 9780525517641
  • 14,198

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Praise for Ziggy, Stardust and Me
An EW Summer Best Book Pick
A Refinery29 Summer Best Book Pick
A Seventeen Magazine Best YA Books of 2019 Pick "A stunning debut. This beautifully written novel made me sob and reminded me of first love in a way no other book has in many years. Read it. Now." --Bill Konigsberg, award-winning author of The Music of What Happens

"This heartfelt book will leave you in a puddle of your emotions." --BuzzFeed

"A beautifully written, nostalgic story full of universal truths and timeless angst. Charming, poignant, tender and at times heartbreaking." --Greg Howard, author of Social Intercourse

"A love letter to self-acceptance, even when the world is far from accepting . . . this deeply impactful book presents historical attitudes and policies with a chilling accuracy."--Publishers Weekly

"A well-crafted coming-of-age story that allows the reader to empathize with and root for a young man who feels lost. . .[as he] fights through the difficulties of growing up in a world that judges difference as wrong, and how he becomes stronger because of it." --School Library Connection

"Gut-wrenching emotion, stream of consciousness, and an intensely evoked soundtrack bring Jonathan's summer to technicolor life. Historical events like Watergate, the Vietnam War, and Wounded Knee are included seamlessly into the story. Every character from Johnathan himself down to the ice cream man are fully realized. . . Give this one to budding activists, music fans, historical fiction readers, and romantics." --School Library Journal

"Readers will be immersed in Jonathan's close first-person narration...Debut author Brandon deftly incorporates historical events and realities, including the criminalization of homosexuality, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the occupation of Wounded Knee, and police brutality against Native people...A poignant depiction of a boy's journey to accepting his gay identity despite the odds." --Kirkus
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About James Brandon

James Brandon produced and played the central role of Joshua in the international tour of Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi for a decade, and is codirector of the documentary film based on their journey, Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption. He's the cofounder of the I AM Love Campaign, an arts-based initiative bridging the faith-based and LGBTQ2+ communities, and serves on the Powwow Steering Committee for Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) in San Francisco. Brandon is a contributing writer for Huffington Post, Believe Out Loud, and Spirituality and Health Magazine. Ziggy, Stardust and Me is his first novel.

You can visit James Brandon at justbejb.com
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Rating details

639 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 49% (313)
4 32% (204)
3 15% (94)
2 3% (20)
1 1% (8)
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