Includes an extended interview with Christina Hobbs, Lauren Billings, and narrator Deacon Lee!
Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times best-selling 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.
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Beautiful, touching story.
Yes! I would love to listen to the story again because it was entertaining, funny and beautiful. The character's struggles were tangible.
It's hard to choose as the main characters, Tanner, Sebastian and Autumn were all so great. This is because they felt real, they all their own personalities distinct from one another.
I loved the performance because they were just ON POINT.
I cried two times. Mostly because some of it was so touching to me, but it also released some negative emotions for me concerning coming out and my own family.
I loved that this book was different. Tanner was out to his supportive family but was told to keep himself a secret from the rest of the town, even his best friend. I loved that this character was unapologetically bisexual and insisted on his label and explained his feeling for both girls and boys. While it wasn't entirely how I experience bisexuality, it was still super important to read and I needed this book as a bisexual teen to know that it was okay to be bisexual.
I'm not very religious but this book helped me to be empathetic to Sebastian's struggles in the Mormon community. His struggles were so tangible to me and Tanner's insight's into Sebastian's mind provided deeper meaning to me.
The other characters in the book all played a role and Autumn was a great secondary character if not a main character. She provided a lot of fun to the novel.
I would read this again and considering buying a physical copy.
- Amazon Customer
This book is EVERYTHING and more!!
Absolutely. This book is so beautiful and perfect that everybody should read it, and even better, listen to the audiobook. Tanner and Sebastian's story is full of courage and a meaningful message to everyone, especially teenagers and their parents.
Everything, but what there were three things that I loved the best: Tanner and Sebastian's relationship; Tanner's relationship with his parents, how supportive they are with him; and Sebastian's relationship with God. Everything is so beautiful and meaningful, I wanted to cry half of the time, sometimes happy tears, sometimes were sad, and the other half I was smiling like an idiot because this book has everything I love in MM romance and more.
Deacon did a perfect Tanner and the few chapters Kyle narrated, she did a perfect Sebastian. Both of them put their hearts and souls in their performances to bring one of the best audiobooks I've listened in a while.
Love is love is love is love.
I'm so in love with this book. Tanner and Sebastian, both characters, were amazing. Their story was beautiful and heartbreaking half of the time, and despite there was only one choice for them to be happy, I kept doubting that was going to be their future, but I can only tell you, the last minute of this audiobook, I had a huge smile on my face and my heart didn't fit in my chest with the enormity of this book.
- Angelica Quintero