New York :
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- First edition
- Physical Description
- 407 pages ; 22 cm
- Main Author
Lauren, author of Sublime (2014) and The House (2015), is back with a passionate and bittersweet tale of love in all of its wonderfully terrifying reality. Tanner Scott's family moved to Utah from California three years ago, leaving once openly bisexual Tanner in the awkward position of going back into the closet, at least until he can move away to college. Prepared to coast through his senior year, Tanner's friend Autumn challenges him to sign up for a seminar where students must write a book in four months. Tanner's not sure what he will write about, that is, until superhot Mormon Sebastian arrives on the scene. Sebastian is publishing his book from the previous year's seminar, but his sudden appearance leads to a whirlwind romance between the two boys, whipping up some serious drama for both of them. While avoiding any demonizing of any religious groups, this manages to take on the intricacies of sexuality versus organized religion in an intense but ultimately inspirational narrative. Lauren successfully tackles a weighty subject with both ferocity and compassion. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Tanner Scott, 18, relocated to Provo, Utah, from Palo Alto, Calif., three years ago, but he has never quite fit in. Half Jewish, half lapsed Mormon, and 100% bisexual, Tanner is eager to finish his final semester of high school so he can move somewhere more accepting. The only person he'll regret leaving is his best friend Autumn. When she dares him to apply for the Seminar, a specialized writing class where students attempt to write a novel in four months, Tanner agrees. Little does he realize it will dramatically change his life: 19-year-old Sebastian Brother, a local celebrity after his Seminar project was acquired by a major publishing house, shows up to mentor the class and sparks fly. Once again writing as Lauren, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (The House) tackle religion, identity, and sexuality, seamlessly interweaving Tanner's Seminar project, his crush on Sebastian, and the fallout when Sebastian's feelings conflict with his church's expectations of him. A hopeful and moving love story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary. (Sept.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 10 Up—Tanner's family moved from California to Provo, Utah, almost two years ago. They are one of the very few non-Mormon families in town, with a mother who left the Mormon church in college and a nonpracticing Jewish father. Although Tanner's family is exuberantly supportive of his bisexuality, they all agree it's safest to keep it to himself in the ultra-conservative town. With only one semester until graduation, Tanner plans to keep his head down and escape unscathed. Then Sebastian Brothers walks into his life. Sebastian is mentoring the school's legendary novel writing seminar, after having his own class novel bought for publication. Tanner is in lust at first sight, but Sebastian is the son of the Mormon bishop. As Sebastian begins to return Tanner's flirtation, questions arise about how far he's willing to push his faith and how satisfied Tanner can be in the shadows. The duo writing team (Christina Hobbs & Lauren Billings) brings an impressively balanced approach to writing about the conflict between sexuality and strict religion. Members of the Mormon church are not painted as one-dimensional villains, but as multifaceted individuals with merits and faults. Sebastian is a devoted Mormon even as he struggles to justify his attraction to the same sex. Occasionally, the major characters are too effortlessly talented and popular, with their flaws only emerging when narratively convenient. Regardless, the teenagers are modern and relatable and the plot is emotionally engaging without becoming dark. VERDICT A thoughtful variation on the traditional high school LGBTQ+ romance that will enhance public library collections.—Amy Diegelman, formerly at Vineyard Haven Public Library, MA Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
Accepting a friend's dare to enroll in an honors program in which the students are charged with writing a book in four months, Tanner, a bisexual teen who elected to go back into the closet when his progressive family relocated to Utah, falls in love with Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. By the best-selling authors of the Wild Seasons series. Simultaneous eBook.Review by Publisher Summary 2
High school senior Tanner Scott has hidden his bisexuality since his family moved to Utah, but he falls hard for Sebastian, a Mormon mentoring students in a writing seminar Tanner's best friend convinced him to take.Review by Publisher Summary 3
'this book is epic.' 'Cosmopolitan'A hopeful and moving love story.' 'Publishers WeeklyFangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this 'sensitive and complex' (BCCB) 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.