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Meg and Linus have been best friends from the moment they met. They love studying, Star Trek, cookies, pizza and coffee. Linus is still single, but has met a boy he likes a lot. His name is Danny and he works at a coffee shop. Meg and Sophia have been together since Meg was fifteen years old and Meg dreams about getting married after college. She's shocked when Sophia breaks up with her at the end of the summer. It isn't the start of the school year Meg has envisioned. Sophia is a year ahead of her and already in college and doesn't want to give a long distance relationship a try. Meg is devastated, but is determined to try new things. Together with Linus she joins the drama club. However, she might have another motive than just having fun. She wants Linus to find a boyfriend and Meg is going to help him to get together with Danny. Meg isn't even sure Danny is gay, so is this really a good plan?
Meg and Linus have a precious kind of friendship. They are both kind and caring and they have a lot in common. Because Meg has been dating Sophia for a very long time, Linus is used to hanging out with both of them. When their situations reverse and Linus is hanging out with Danny, while Meg doesn't have anyone special in her life, their friendship is starting to become awkward. Meg has a broken heart and she has no idea how to deal with this and Linus doesn't know how to help her. This is an interesting topic for a story and I couldn't wait to find out where it would lead and read Meg & Linus in one sitting because of it.
Linus is adorable. He's incredibly sweet and a little bit shy. He keeps challenging himself though and I loved how naïve and brave he is at the same time. Danny is just as cute and they are endearing together. Meg is having a tough time and she's lonely, but she doesn't let anyone help her. My heart ached for her and I kept hoping she'd find happiness again. I loved that Meg & Linus is about friendship mostly. Of course love is part of the story, but reading about what it means to be a good friend is the most important aspect of Meg & Linus and it's what I liked best about the book.
Hanna Nowinski's writing flows easily. She alternates between Meg and Linus and I equally liked reading both points of view. Their last year at high school brings plenty of changes and I loved how Hanna Nowinski writes about major and minor things in the same empathic way. Meg & Linus is a lovely story filled with amazing friendship, insecurities, uneasy situations, happiness and change. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful story.
If you love sweet stories about friendship, growing up and romantic issues Meg & Linus will be a great choice.
About Hanna Nowinski
Hanna Nowinski is a language enthusiast and trained translator for German and English who lives in the middle of nowhere, Germany. She has wanted to be a writer since she learned that books were made by real people. As a kid, she made up her own bedtime stories, mostly sending her stuffed animals on adventures around the world. She loves books, music, coffee, and getting way too emotionally invested in TV shows. Meg & Linus is her debut novel.
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