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Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian Optioned For Film

On June 10, Deadline announced that Abdi Nazemian’s latest YA Contemporary-Historical Fiction novel, Like A Love Story was optioned for film rights (both TV & Film) by “Sharp Objects creator Marti Noxon and EP Jessica Rhoades.”

According to the full Deadline article both Noxon and Rhoades are planning on serving as producers on the project– which is set to be a film for the big screen.

Additionally, they also plan on having their production companies attached to the project.

“Abdi Nazemian has written a sweet, funny and compelling novel with characters that jump off the page. It’s a wonderful romance that’s also a call to activism, which is no small feat. We’re thrilled to work with the extraordinary Abdi and help bring this captivating story to the screen…”

Noxon and Rhoades Via Deadline
Like A Love Story released June 4, 2019

It’s 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing.

Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He’s terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he’s gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media’s images of men dying of AIDS.

Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS who devotes his time to activism as a member of ACT UP. Judy has never imagined finding romance…until she falls for Reza and they start dating.

Art is Judy’s best friend, their school’s only out and proud teen. He’ll never be who his conservative parents want him to be, so he rebels by documenting the AIDS crisis through his photographs.

As Reza and Art grow closer, Reza struggles to find a way out of his deception that won’t break Judy’s heart–and destroy the most meaningful friendship he’s ever known.

Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian is out now!