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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.

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

- Kirkus

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

- Michael Cart Booklist

"I think its 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 Reviewer

"It might not be comfortable to read about what either boy has lived with, admittedly could be triggering for some who have been victims of homophobic bullying (also note mention of suicidal ideation in Just Julian), however this is a realistic depiction of something which happens all too often in real life and the consequences for real people."

- Beverley Cole, Educator NetGalley Reviewer

"These books are easy to read and won't take a long time (only around 168 pages) . . . It is very sweet and has some hand holding. There is some violence and talk of sex and lots of diversity. I think all these issues were handled very well. "

- Sandy Shaver, Librarian NetGalley Reviewer

"In Just Julian, Markus Harwood-Jones has created a wonderful tale that should be read by all teens. Bullies need to learn the true harm they do to others, and they need to learn to tolerate people who are different from them. And for those who are being bullied and feel so different and useless, there is a great message in this story."

- Amy D. NetGalley Reviewer

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

- Sarah Atkinson Resource Links

"This is the kind of book I would recommend for people (especially gay folks who identify as men) who are struggling with their sexuality and aren't sure about coming out."

- Jennifer D. NetGalley Reviewer

"Julian's life is turned upside down when, by chance, he meets Romeo at a friends party . . . Their story takes its tragic turn when Romeo's homophobic friends discover he is gay and show up to teach him a lesson. Read Romeo for Real for Romeo's point of view. I will not spoil the outcome of this book. Read it for yourself and see how this tale of star-crossed lovers ends. "

- Tim Powers, Librarian NetGalley Reviewer

"I ... feel that things ... moved too fast, but I also thought that there was more in terms of character background and development in this one. Again, I liked the modernization of Romeo & Juliet in LGBT form."

- H W, Educator NetGalley Reviewer

"This was a very important and relevant book... Their story of being who they are in spite of the prejudice and ignorance surrounding them is inspiring and uplifting."

- NetGalley Reviewer NetGalley Reviewer

"The author of Romeo for Real and its companion, Just Julian, works really hard to present a story that is inclusive of as many LGBTQ identities as possible."

- Diane D., Librarian NetGalley Reviewer

"It might not be comfortable to read about what either boy has lived with, admittedly could be triggering for some who have been victims of homophobic bullying (also note mention of suicidal ideation in Just Julian), however this is a realistic depiction of something which happens all too often in real life and the consequences for real people."

- Beverley Cole, Educator NetGalley Reviewer

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: 7.5mm x 5.25mm

Binding: Hardback, 168 pages
Publication Date: 1st August 2018
ISBN: 9781459412941
Format: 7.5mm x 5.25mm

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

BISAC Code:  YAF014000, YAF058020, YAF058040
Imprint: Lorimer

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

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