And we go again with yet another book that was recommended to me by the lovely people over at booktok. This time it is a contemporary novel, a genre I am not overly excited to read through but everyone seems to love it so might as well give it a good.
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.
Taken from goodreads
As soon as I started reading I found myself really liking Tanner as a person, he is someone who I found myself relating to, a naturally clever person but can never really be bothered to put the work in till the last second, sounds like my whole uni and sixth form life. When he started to show feelings for Sebastian I instantly felt so protective of Tanner as I didn’t want anything bad to happen to him. It has been a long time since I felt that way towards a character in a contemporary.
Christina Lauren does a good job at showing the world Mormonism and what the relgion does in both a good and a bad way. I do love reading about the progression that Sebastian was making as he was struggling to come to terms with his own sexuality but at the same time struggling with how he would be treated by the people who raised him and knew him his whole life.
The writing style was something I was actually really enjoying throughout my read, it was a book inside of a book with the book being Tanners life, I loved this but at the end of the book this sort of stopped and we actually got split P.O.V.s, I hated this, I wish that the author had just kept the style throughout. What was said in the other P.O.V. could have very easily been done in the originally style and if anything the P.O.V. just ruined the ending of the book.
With a great message of showing that homophobia is wrong but there are still some good points of relgion, and showing the world some of the hardships of people who are religious but are trying to discover their personalities I think this is one of those books that anyone who is part of the LGBTQ community should read.
If it wasn’t for the last few chapters of P.O.Vs i would go as far as say this was a perfect book but those last few chapters did ruin it.