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Cedar & Riley
AdvisorCoake, Christopher J.
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Cedar & Riley is an LGBTQ-themed young adult novel. My novel blends the structure of the Oscar-winning film Boyhood with themes from David Levithan’s young adult novel, Boy Meets Boy. At the beginning, Cedar meets Riley, on their first day of first grade. They become instant friends, but neither one knows at the time the love that will grow between them. Over twelve years, glimpses of their relationship are shown on the first day of school. Cedar and Riley face bullies and homophobes, joy and tears, time apart and long nights together, and eventually the power of young love is revealed.