Ziggy, Stardust and Me

Ziggy, Stardust and Me

The year is 1973. The Watergate hearings are in full swing. The Vietnam War is still raging. And homosexuality is still officially considered a mental illness. In the midst of these trying times is sixteen-year-old Jonathan Collins, a bullied, anxious, asthmatic kid, who aside from an alcoholic father and his sympathetic neighbor and friend Starla, is completely alone. To cope, Jonathan escapes to the safe haven of his imagination, where his hero David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and dead relatives, including his mother, guide him through the rough terrain of his life. In his alternate reality, Jonathan can be anything: a superhero, an astronaut, Ziggy Stardust, himself, or completely “normal” and not a boy who likes other boys. When he completes his treatments, he will be normal—at least he hopes. But before that can happen, Web stumbles into his life. Web is everything Jonathan wishes he could be: fearless, fearsome and, most importantly, not ashamed of being gay.

Jonathan doesn’t want to like brooding Web, who has secrets all his own. Jonathan wants nothing more than to be “fixed” once and for all. But he’s drawn to Web anyway. Web is the first person in the real world to see Jonathan completely and think he’s perfect. Web is a kind of escape Jonathan has never known. For the first time in his life, he may finally feel free enough to love and accept himself as he is.

A poignant coming-of-age tale, Ziggy, Stardust and Me heralds the arrival of a stunning and important new voice in YA.

Title:Ziggy, Stardust and Me
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525517641
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    Ziggy, Stardust and Me Reviews

  • Kai

    This is one of those "It's not you, it's me" cases. At the 100 page mark I still wasn't feeling it. Couldn't really connect with the characters, the dialogues didn't catch me, the writing style and es...

  • Chaima ? ?????

    you can't cure sadness by adding more queer historical fiction to your TBR but it sure is a nice thing to do while suffering...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    the rise of nerdy queer historical fiction that isn't just meant to depress you is of 10/10 importance to me...

  • C.G. Drews

    Honestly and thoroughly gut-wrenching. My heart is in tatters right now. I do confess I didn't read the blurb properly so I wasn't prepared for it to feature conversion therapy; and I just felt sick t...

  • Vitor Martins

    "Please don't waste another breath being anything else. There's just no time." ...

  • Theodora

    Not to be dramatic but this book comes out on my birthday and if that's not a sign I don't know what is...

  • Anniek

    Can I please just have alllll the LGBTQ+ historical novels? There's really something special about them, and this one was no different in that sense.This is actually a very heavy novel, and it's reall...

  • AJ

    *Runs around the streets chucking this book at every human in sight* *is crying* JUST READ IT!!!!!I’m just. Words? Nah this review is going to be strictly me gushing incoherently. This book needs so...

  • andrea 🥀?

    not a fan of david bowie but i mean this is a queer book that takes place in the 70s,,, how could i say no???...

  • Stacy Fetters

    "The things that scare you the most are the things that bring you closer to who you’re meant to be."Ziggy Stardust is someone that I admire. He didn't care what anyone thought and did whatever he wa...