Ziggy, Stardust and Me Book (Paperback)

Ziggy, Stardust and Me Book (Paperback)

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RELEASE DATE - 13 SEPTEMBER 2022

Reading level - 12 to 17 years.

In this tender-hearted debut, set against the tumultuous backdrop of life in 1973, when homosexuality is still considered a mental illness, two boys defy all the odds and fall in love.

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 neighbour 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 Young Adult.

"This heartfelt book will leave you in a puddle of your emotions."
BuzzFeed

"A love letter to both self-acceptance and David Bowie, James Brandon's Ziggy, Stardust and Me is both charming and timely."
Culturess

"A historical novel set in the early '70s, a time full of turmoil and homophobia, sets the scene for one of the best YA books of the year."
Paste Magazine

"A beautifully written, nostalgic story full of universal truths and timeless angst. Charming, poignant, tender and at times heartbreaking."
Greg Howard, author of 
Social Intercourse

Author James Brandon
Format Paperback
Pages 368
ISBN 9780525517665


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