Review & Giveaway: Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski

Monday, April 17, 2017


Meg & Linus
Hanna Nowinski
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult
Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?
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.



Meg and Linus are inseparable best friends. They bond over their love of Star Trek marathons, coffee, and cookies. Things start to change a little bit for them when Meg's girlfriend of two years suddenly breaks up with her before heading off to college. Meg doesn't want to talk about it yet, and starts to pull away from Linus a bit and also becomes a little antisocial. When she finds out Linus has a crush on the new guy in school she makes it her mission to get them together. Linus wants Meg to open up to him about how she's feeling and what exactly happened between Meg and her now ex-girlfriend, but she refuses to talk about it. Linus is really shy with people he doesn't know and has some self esteem issues. He gets really flustered and embarrassed around Danny, and hates that Meg seems to be pushing them together so much. They both start to keep a few secrets and while having the best of intentions, things become more strained than ever with their friendship.

My favorite thing about this whole book was the cuteness between Danny and Linus. I absolutely loved their interactions, awkwardness and all! Danny was an absolute sweetheart, and always tried find more reasons for them to hang out. It became pretty obvious that he liked Linus back, but Linus is so self conscious that he didn't see it at all. Danny is very patient with Linus and just waits him out. These two are kind of opposites but I think it works well for them because Danny helps get Linus out of his shell a lot and shows him how to have a little fun. Danny is a social person and has no trouble making friends right away. Linus only has one friend (Meg) and he doesn't really try to change that. He loves math and is very intelligent. The smiling and blushing between these two was so adorable. 

Meg was struggling a lot in this book, but she did it quietly. She wouldn't talk to anyone about things that were bothering her and I was just waiting for her to explode....and then I was almost kind of disappointed when she didn't. I wanted her to finally break down and show some emotion. She never cries in the entire book. What she does do is push her feelings aside a focus on getting Linus and Danny together. I thought she was a little too pushy...and a little cruel at times. She knows Linus hates being embarrassed but pushes him into situations that make him very uncomfortable. She didn't even know if Danny was gay or not and still kept trying to force things between them! 

I thought the ending was really sweet and wrapped everything up in a satisfying way. I think the writing style was a little younger on the Young Adult side, but I still really enjoyed parts of this one and thought it was super cute. 

*I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *



Author Bio:
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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10 comments:

  1. This sounds like a sweet story. I'm especially interested in Danny and Linus' relationship. It sounds totally adorable. And ahh I would totally expect Meg to explode at some point too. It just seems more realistic. I'll have to look into this one.
    Great review!

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    1. Danny and Linus were so adorable and awkward! I loved them so much. It sounds weird, but I really wanted Meg to explode. Like you said, I think it would have been more believable too. She funneled a lot of her attention into Danny and Linus, just so she wouldn't have time to really think about it but I wanted her to finally deal with it. I hope you get a chance to read it, and you really love it! Thanks Nick!

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  2. This actually sounds really promising! And the cover is such a cutie :P I've always loved SwoonReads publication so I'm looking forward to this one :) Thanks for sharing Julie! Great review too! :D

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    1. I really love the cover for this one too! I'm such a sucker for great covers. lol! I hope you get a chance to read this one, Danny and Linus are adorable. Thanks Natasha!

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  3. Great review, Julie! This sounds like a really cute and fun read! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Giselle! Danny and Linus were super cute.

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  4. This sounds adorable. I love awkward interactions so that is good lol. Gret review!!

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    1. Thanks Grace! I am a big fan of awkward interactions and super shyness too, I think it's super cute.

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  5. This sounds like a really cute read. Danny and Linus sound like great characters.

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    1. It was a really cute read. I absolutely loved Danny and Linus. They were so adorably awkward, and had me smiling at their shyness. I didn't love Meg tho.

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