Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

by Tanya Boteju


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Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JillJemmett 26 days ago
This was a great story about finding your identity. The story was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the scenes where Nami learned about drag queens and kings. I had never heard of drag kings before reading this novel. At first, Nami was unsure of the drag show, but she ended up loving it. She also befriended a king and a queen. Some of the story was upsetting. Nami’s mother left her and her father without warning. When her reason is finally revealed, I didn’t like it. I didn’t think it was a good enough reason, because she was essentially running away from her problems. Nami was dealing with her own problems, so it wasn’t fair for her to see her mom run away like that. Nami had some embarrassing moments in the story, including vomiting in a hot tub. I felt so sympathetic for her in those moments, because they were humiliating. However, when something embarrassing happened or she made a mistake, she always got back up and kept going. I loved this book. It’s a great story about finding your gender identity. Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
bayy245 6 months ago
I was blown away by this book. This is the kind of humorous, all-inclusive fun we need to have more of in YA. I didn't know there were drag kings until a few months ago and this book features them front and center. We've got a larger than life drag queen to help Nima get some confidence and bring everyone together, a broody boy unsure of who he is, and complicated family life. We see a supportive aunt-like figure and a healthy relationship between father and daughter. There's a strained and confusing mother-daughter relationship in the background of the events. We have a ton of diversity in this book, from mixed characters to characters all over the spectrum. I loved the questioning and exploration we see with Nima. She's confident that she likes girls but isn't confident in herself. I loved seeing her grow and become a better version of herself by the end. I also loved that there were little to no labels put on people throughout this book. Labels are complicated. Some people don't like them and others grow out of one before finding another. You can explore yourself and the spectrum without quite knowing where you fit. I also loved that we see a straight person kiss a gay person because they were curious. There's nothing wrong with being curious and trying something out. Trust me, you need this on your shelf. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Simon Pulse through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*