A Mature YA LGBT Romance
By Christina Lauren
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.
LGBT romance is not usually by cup of tea but the synopsis as well as the author captured my attention. I am a big fan of YA romance and am the mother of two teenagers. I felt like I had an understanding of the maturity level as well as thought process in the teenage world. What I didn’t know much about was the religious aspect of this book.
This book was an eye opener because it gave me a better understanding of what many gay young people deal with on a daily basis within their families, among their peers, and society as a whole. Geographical locations do make a difference in how society accepts the gay community. In this case it was in Utah where the Mormon religion dominates the area. The Mormon religion is more than a religious practice, it has a strict moral code in which the practitioners follow in every aspect of life.
This book became more than two teenage boys struggling to find their place in life as gay men, it was a case of religion verses sexuality, family relationships verses religion.
Christina Lauren did an impeccable job delivering a honest portrayal of all these issues. They created an honest insight without delving into too much religion or too much gay rights issues. They created two dynamic interesting young men finding love in a very difficult time of their lives with very difficult life circumstances. They were sensitive with such matters and made the boys the most important part of this book.
I commend them for writing this book!
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced nine New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)