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.
About the book:
Author: Christina Lauren
Pages: 407 (Hardcover)
Published: September 12, 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
You know what my definition of a perfect summer day is? Lying in a hammock to bask in the early afternoon sun, wearing my comfiest shorts and tees, sipping an iced tea with a copy of THIS book open on my lap, while the smell of the briny, cool ocean wafts through the air! I don’t want no food. Just some peace and this book and a place where I don’t have to think about my first-world problems and Bollywood gossips and the all-pervasive management principles.
I, for one, believe that this book should be declared the best ever written in the history of the universe, because it’s like an acoustic version of all beautiful love songs and monologues that every Romeo has said to his Juliet.
This book made me smile and laugh and made me feel like I was finally in love. That the void inside me had finally filled. It also made me sob, full-out, but my emotions mostly came in dribs and drabs. I felt this book!
It is a story of a bi teen named Tanner Scott, who is *mostly* agnostic, and his love for his teacher’s assistant named Sebastian Brother, a Mormon guy who also develops a crush on him. I loved the duo from the very beginning. I shipped them! They are cute together, to be honest!
Sebastian’s religion takes a lot of space of this book, and I found it interesting. I truly don’t know anything about Mormonism, or any religion, for that matter. So, I won’t talk about it. Sebastian, whose father is a bishop, is not out as gay and denies his feelings for Tanner, for the fear of being shunned by the church and his family.
I liked Tanner, and his supportive and protective parents. I love the way the members of his family took care of each other and how they made Tanner believe that they were super proud of him. Even his friendship with Autumn felt real, and I really think Autumn was pretty swell and I would love to be friends with her. I want to meet Tanner’s parents and give them cotton candies, a hundred balloons and a rainbow for being so lovely.
I liked Sebastian too when the book began, but his denial started annoying me as I reached the middle of the book and I wanted to slap him and yell at him to stop denying his true identity to himself, but I can only imagine what people in such a situation go through. I wanted to shout at his parents and siblings and friends, because they were so ignorant and close-minded.
This book is fifty percent love and fifty percent heartbreak, and there were moments where I could literally hear my heart shatter into pieces.
I know it’s wrong, but I was comparing this book with Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I liked the writing, because it was simple and breezy and beautiful. I think I’d love to read the other books by this duo.
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
All in all, this was a cute YA love story that I totally fell in love with! If you liked reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Aristotle & Dante, you will love it. So, go ahead and pick it up!
If you have read this book, share your thoughts with me!