September 12, 2017

 

Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.
Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.
But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.
It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.
5 Stars
Wow!! I am not only a huge fan of Christina Lauren’s but I am also a massive fan of M/M. So when I found out that one of my favorite writing duos was writing this book, I was beyond excited. Excited to see if they could wow me in this genre as well and they did. In a magnificent way. It was everything and more than I expected.
Four months. It seems like a long time but when you are writing a book and falling in love with a Mormon prodigy, it goes by in an instant. Even though there are moments when time stands still. And then there are moments when you wish time would fast-forward. This is exactly how Tanner felt his last semester at Provo High. He didn’t know that on his first day back after winter break that his life would change forever. Then, he saw him. Sebastian Brother. The local celebrity in the Mormon community. The sexiest man he had ever seen in real life. The man that could change everything. The man he could easily fall in love with. But the only man that could break his heart. But, what are the chances of Sebastian being interested in a man like him? Or any man for that matter.
Four months. He knew it was going to go in a flash. He had his classes at BYU. His services for church. His writing. And now he was a TA for the Seminar. The class that he wrote his book in. And in four months, he will be leaving for a press tour for that exact book then he will be leaving for two years on his mission. Yes. These next four months are going to fly by. He was happy about that until he saw him. A man that he never really saw before. Tanner. He knew from the moment that he locked eyes with him that he was forever changed. He never saw it coming. He never saw him coming. It wasn’t something he wanted. He had his plan. Tour. Mission. Find a nice Mormon girl and marry her. But in the next four months, he will have to figure out if what he wanted was what he truly needed to make him happy. But what if what makes him happy is wrong in a Mormon’s eye?
I loved this story!! Everything about it was addicting. Their beautiful, heartbreaking, and amazing story. The book that Tanner was writing. The friendships. The family. I am not a religious person so I didn’t know if I was going to understand that part of the story but I soon found that I don’t need to be. I thought Christina and Lauren did great in that aspect. I could tell a lot of research went into it. I could also tell that they poured their hearts into this story. It’s nothing like their previous books and that shows me how even more amazing they are. It’s definitely one of my favorite books written by them. It gave me all of the feels. It’s not just a beautiful story but an inspiring one as well.
Overall…It’s everything and more. It’s a young adult novel that is about love, religion, family, community and finding yourself.
Quotes:
His smile ruins me.
“I can’t tell if this feels good or terrible.”
“A God worthy of your eternal love wouldn’t judge you for who you love while you’re here.”
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners/besties/soulmates and brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Sublime, The House, and Autoboyography. You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com, Facebook.com/ChristinaLaurenBooks, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

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