Book Review: Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas


Yadriel’s Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, so Yadriel decides to prove himself once and for all—he undergoes the brujo ceremony in secret. The good news? It worked! The bad news? He’s now haunted by a cute ghost. And Yadriel’s cousin is missing, along with several Latinx “runaways,” in a mystery that only Yadriel, his cousin Maritza and Julian can solve.

Yoooooooooooooooo hop aboard this train because the hype is real!

“FINALLY!” Julian burst out, annoyed but smiling as he leaped to his feet. “I’ve been—dude stop screaming—I’ve been waiting for FOREVER!

I absolutely adored Julian, who was hyper-active, all over the place, and had a heart of gold. He ran with a group of kids that others called a gang but where children who had been tossed aside by their families or fucked over by the foster care system because of their differences. Also, I think I mostly appreciate Julian because of the “hey have you—stop screaming, it’s just me—thought about X?” meme that was thrown in there, because it’s my favorite and I loved it. Julian was just so enthusiastic about life and so alive that I was heartbroken nearly the entirety of the book because he was about to cross beyond, and being a regular person instead of a brujo he wouldn’t be able to come back.

Okay, and I also adored his brother, who was gruff, forced to grow up way too soon, and filled with heartbreak yet constantly took in strays and tried his best to keep everyone fed and safe. The brother got far too little page time, IMO.

Everybody’s at the church. Where are you?
Maritza’s response was almost immediate. Being held hostage. They’re making me try on dresses. Send help.
Yadriel snorted. Sending thoughts and prayers

Anywho, I loved the mystery set within the book. I loved the wide swatch of Latinx community and culture depicted with the brujas and brujos. I loved the world-building and melding of so many different facets.

I loved the pop culture references and how beautifully queer this was in every single minute. I loved how Yadriel’s father tried and finally got it. I loved the acceptance and love. I loved that this was an #ownvoices book about a Latinx trans boy. I loved everything, including the kinda rushed culminating point with a kinda thin villain (who was still, horrifically, relatable).

Overall, definitely hop aboard this hype train.

I received this ARC from Edelweiss for an honest review.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Cemetery Boys

  1. I’m so glad you liked this! My TBR is already full for… way too long than I’d like with books I already own, so I don’t know when I’ll actually be able to get to this, but I really want to. I just really like (queer!) stories about ghosts and the conflict about being about to cross beyond sounds so interesting. Great review!

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