The book, which was released at the start of the month, has already received strong reviews, with Kirkus Reviews describing it as “a story that will be read and reread, and for some, it will be the defining book of their adolescence.” Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo, went even further, saying, “this book will save lives.”
Writing about the book on its release, Curato said, “Flamer is fiction. But it’s also real. This is real life. This is what some people go through. Real life is violent and crass and funny and treacherous and shockingly hopeful. Flamer is me living. Flamer is me encouraging people to find a way to live. Your life doesn’t have to be lived on anyone else’s terms but your own.”
Watch the trailer for Flamer below.