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Just Julian

By Markus Harwood-Jones

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Series: Lorimer Real Love

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After years of bullying at school, 19-year-old Julian is depressed. He sees a glimmer of hope after meeting the similarly out-of-place Romeo at a party and sharing a kiss with him. The only problem: Romeo has always identified as straight and he hangs out with a group of intolerant guys. But as the two begin to fall in love, Julian finds strength he never knew he had. When Romeo's old friends come after the couple, a vicious fight puts both Julian and Romeo in the hospital. The two boys decide to take a stand for their right for respect.

Just Julian provides insight into the struggle against homophobia, reminding LGBTQ readers that they are not alone.

"Overall, an easy, quick read. I think it would work for upper middle (8th) grade students as well as high school readers. The content is approachable, and dramatic enough to keep their interest."

- Michelle Motyczka NetGalley

"This modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet is just as heart-wrenching as the original — but with a happy ending."

- Sarah Atkinson Resource Links

"The novel boasts empathetic characters and enough dramatic action to hold readers' attention to its happy ending."

- Michael Cart Booklist

"A unique way of telling a story in a new way to make it relatable to younger audiences. Would definitely be a good compare and contrast in a classroom and just a fun read."

- Nicole Kriener, Librarian NetGalley

"...these novels [Just Julian and Romeo for Real] provide much-needed representation for those whom society marginalizes."

- Kirkus Reviews

"The romance stories in Lorimer's Real Love series reflect the diverse world that teens live in — at a reading level for emerging readers."


MARKUS HARWOOD-JONES is a writer, visual artist and documentary filmmaker. He is the author of the short story collections Confessions of a Teenage Transsexual Whore and Everything & All at Once. His feature film, Mosaic, tells the story of his journey across Canada and the United States to learn more about the trans community. He lives in Toronto.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 168 pages
Publication Date: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9781459412927
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Electronic book text, 168 pages
Publication Date: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9781459412934
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  YAF014000, YAF052040, YAF058020, YAF058040
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.2
Lexile Reading Level: HL660L


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