Book Review by Nicole: Meg and Linus, by Hanna Nowinski

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Meg and Linus, by Hanna Nowinski
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: April 18th 2017

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.

But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .

From crowdsourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comes Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks—even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.


Young Adult
M/M and F/F Pairings
Gay Character
Lesbian Character
Best Friends
High School


I enjoyed parts of this book. I equally didn’t enjoy parts of this book.

On the positive column, the characters were exceedingly cute. Linus befriends the new kid at school, Danny, who is–if possible–just as clueless as him. Although the reader is quite aware that Danny is gay and into Linus, it takes ages for the two of them to talk about it.

Similarly, Meg is grieving for the relationship she had end at the very beginning of the book. But it’s a while until she actually lets go of controlling everything around her, enough to appreciate that grieving is going to take a bit of time, and that she’s going to be okay.

Let’s talk a bit about the characterisation of the two named characters: My biggest problem was that, although this book split perspective between the two of them, the two character voices weren’t different enough from each other to avoid confusion. Many times I had to look at the start of the chapter to remind myself which character’s perspective I was in. Thankfully, the chapters were all very short.

Special mention goes to Alyssa. I absolutely loved her character. Although she was just a bit part, I absolutely thought she was fantastic, a good influence on Meg and generally wonderful. I spent the whole book wanting more of her.


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.

Twitter: @lang_witch

You can purchase Meg and Linus from:
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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