Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother?s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town. Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight gi...

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Title:Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens
Author:Tanya Boteju
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Genres:LGBT
ISBN:Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens Reviews

  • Emily
    Apr 25, 2019
    I have mixed feelings! Parts of this story were enjoyable, parts were frustrating. Some not-that-spoilery stuff ahead: As another reviewer pointed out, Deidre isn?t just a drag queen?she?s a trans woman. I think? I say ?I think? because it?s never named, which felt VERY o...
  • Candace
    Mar 22, 2019
    Nima may be awkward and a little lost in her current life, but she's funnier than she thinks she is and she's so endearing. You can't help but fall for her voice and feel for her situation. While she may think life is boring and wants some changes she doesn't quite bargain for all she ...
  • Billie
    Jan 06, 2019
    This was quite good, but I felt the storyline about Nima's mother was under-developed and poorly resolved. And, maybe it's just me, but "Winnow" is an odd name and no one commented on it at all, which felt very weird. (5 stars for Winnow as a character though. And five fabulous stars ...
  • Nichole
    Sep 03, 2018
    Hysterical, heart-felt, and wholly relatable to the LGBTQ community, this book will prove to be a standout debut in a sub-genre of novels gasping for a champion. I love the thoughtfulness with which this story is told and the care put into the characters no matter how big or small thei...
  • Jordyn
    May 24, 2019
    I loved this sweet little story of a girl exploring her baby queerness, friendships, crushes, family, and her own self worth! Also drag kings ? I loved this sweet little story of a girl exploring her baby queerness, friendships, crushes, family, and her own self worth! Also drag k...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Apr 26, 2019
    Nima thought her summer would be spend endlessly pining after the gorgeous Ginny, but she's swept into a world of drag kings, drag queens, and everything in-between. This was an inclusive and welcoming debut novel that I really, really wanted to love a lot more than I did. The re...
  • Seth
    May 11, 2019
    Re-read was just as great as the first time! ...
  • Jennie Shaw
    Apr 27, 2019
    Such a fun read, just what my heart needed. A couple of storylines could've been fleshed out more, but I thoroughly enjoyed this inclusive and diverse book. Solid characters with a couple of standouts, the pace moved well, and I teared up a few times because I love when characters have...
  • Sevairi
    Apr 29, 2019
    This arc was provided by Simon & Schuster Canada via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I?ve honestly never read a book like this before, but I can definitely say that I?m so, so happy that this book has come onto the scene. Kings, Queens and In-Betweens by Tanya...
  • Jenna
    May 19, 2019
    A wonderfully vibrant and diverse cast with messy and realistic problems. I enjoyed seeing all the relationships, romantic and otherwise. Watching Nima find her path, blunders and all, was painful but heartfelt. Rather than promoting heavy drinking, reading about Nima?s drunken blund...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    May 03, 2019
    I loved the depiction of drag, the first blush of meeting other queer people, and exploring your place in the LGBTQ community. At times this YA about little awkward baby dyke Nima really brought me back to that period in my life. I loved the supportive adults in Nima's life: her hippie...
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    Apr 03, 2019
    Full Review on The Candid Cover 3.5 Stars Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens is a book I had been anticipating for its unique premise. This book about new experiences and self-exploration is uplifting, and there is a strong cast of characters within. That being said, parts of the plo...
  • Anniek
    May 16, 2019
    This story is just as messy as real life is, and that makes it very realistic. But it also made it, well, a messy read. There are so many themes and plotlines that the author could have easily filled three separate books with them, and as a result none of them get the attention they de...
  • Mariana Calderon
    Jan 06, 2019
    An #ownvoices book: Kings, Queens, & In-betweens by Tanya Boteju May 7th release I came across this books while searching through 2019 releases for Lgbtq+ YA for my queer teen book club. (PS I just need to let y'all know that my store is called Second Star to the Right Books...
  • Fari
    Mar 12, 2019
    Rating: 3.5 In my reviews, sometimes I talk about pacing or characterization or the writing style or plot but this is one of those books where I have nothing to say except how I feel. it's similar to the feeling I got after the and I darken trilogy where all I could think was "...
  • Avery (Book Deviant)
    May 20, 2019
    actual rating 4.5!! As someone who just recently met the drag community, I have to admit that I related to this book A LOT. there was a lot going on that was mostly resolved, but a little bit *more* would've been nice. full review to come!! ...
  • Christine
    Jun 04, 2019
    Too slow and boring for my liking, though I did get through it quickly. Unfortunately, I'm not the right reader for this one. ...
  • Amber
    May 26, 2019
    More of a 2.5 star rating. I want to say that my rating doesn't mean this book was bad , I just though it was O.K and didn't get the enjoyment I wanted to from it. I think The Final Empire wrecked me a bit. I felt like I needed more. ...
  • ellie
    Feb 12, 2018
    holy shit? am i reading this right? a desi girl whos queer? this has HIGH hype for me now even though i know NOTHING about drag so this will be interesting ...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    Mar 17, 2019
    *This arc was provided by Simon Pulse via Netgalley in return for my honest review.* "With each passing moment, I'd get that feeling you sometimes have the moment you're about to flip the final page of a really good book, when your anticipation for what happens next overwhelms you, ...
  • Eloise
    May 27, 2019
    3.5 Everything about this book was good, but not quite polished enough for me. My main issue is that not much actually got resolved and left me wondering why the book stopped where it did... Not every plot point of a story needs to be resolved, but most of the interesting ones we s...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Nov 17, 2017
    queer brown girl learning about drag and nightlife seems like a really good concept thanks ...
  • theo
    May 16, 2019
    this book was mostly sweet, but also, in parts, very frustrating. spoilers below, but generally: if you're looking for a pretty standard coming-of-age tale, and an #ownvoices story about realizing who you truly are and who you belong with, definitely check this one out! it's very queer...
  • Kendall
    Apr 22, 2019
    2.5 stars* Thanks so much to Simon Pulse and Netgalley for graciously gifting me with the ARC of this one! I wanted to love this....so much. I loved the idea of a young lesbian of color being allowed to find herself and love amongst the backdrop of drag culture. I loved the fac...
  • madeline ♡
    Feb 09, 2018
    WHOA WHOA WHOA. HOLD UP. did someone just say biracial queer girl because THAT?S ME AND I?M ALL FOR IT. ...
  • Ivy
    Jan 31, 2019
    Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com... Overall, I really enjoyed Kings, Queens, an In-Betweens. It was a diversely queer novel, with a fairly original concept and uniquely real characters. Tanya Boteju has a lot of talent, so her future is infinite. My hope for K...
  • maya
    Mar 31, 2019
    that was literally everything I felt the characters coming alive and it was so shocking to remember that they were in fact fictional. Nima and her father and her mother and Jill(mothers best friend) have such a complicated relationship that i really enjoyed. I enjoyed the themes...
  • temi ★
    Mar 14, 2019
    this cover? ? this title? ??? this synopsis? ?????? this cover? ?? this title? ?????? this synopsis? ???????????? ...more ...
  • Chelsea
    May 10, 2019
    This is such a funny, endearing, big-hearted book. It felt like giving my soul a big hug. I loved it, even though the characters were often frustrating. ...
  • Jesse bowtiesandbooks
    Jun 12, 2019
    Synopsis: Nima's life closely resembles a wildfire. She's in love with a straight girl, her mom split (leaving both her and her loving, goofy dad), and she's bored to death with her life - but when a chance encounter with a dazzling drag queen sends Nima head first into the drag s...