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I KNOW I'M NOT GAY. Gay boys like other boys. I hate boys. They’re mean, and scary, and they’re always destroying something or saying something dumb or both. I hate that word. Gay. It makes me feel . . . unsafe.

It's the summer between middle school and high school, and Aiden Navarro is away at camp. Everyone's going through changes―but for Aiden, the stakes feel higher. As he navigates friendships, deals with bullies, and spends time with Elias (a boy he can't stop thinking about), he finds himself on a path of self-discovery and acceptance.

Award-winning author and artist Mike Curato draws on his own experiences in Flamer, his debut graphic novel, telling a difficult story with humor, compassion, and love. Recommended reading age 14+ or with parental guidance.


"This is a story that will be read and reread, and for some, it will be the defining book of their adolescence." Kirkus starred review

"Masterfully nuanced and stunningly told, this is visual storytelling at its finest." 

Booklist starred review

"An essential book that shows readers that they are never alone in their struggles."
School Library Journal starred review 


"Both heartbreaking and joyous, Flamer 

acknowledges the brutal weight of hatred, yet inspires the courage to live."

Shelf Awareness starred review

"...emotionally powerful, proudly and extravagantly spiritual..."
Horn Book starred review

"Emotional and raw" Publishers Weekly

A gay teen discovers himself at summer camp in this Flamer first look the AV Club

Flamer: A Conversation with Mike Curato

7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Panel Mania: Flamer by Mike Curato

Publishers Weekly

More To Come 433: Mike Curato Interview

Publishers Weekly

Mike Curato - Flamer

Matthew C Winner

Shelfcare Podcast Graphic Novel Interview

Writing Queer Comics for Teens

Talks at Google

"Mike Curato's Flamer might be the most important young adult graphic novel of the year." Colby Sharp

Mike Curato is the author and illustrator of books for children. 

© 2020 by Mike Curato.