ARC Review: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Title: Autoboygraphy

Author: Christina Lauren

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA+

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Release: September 12, 2017

Format: eARC

 

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.

AUTOBOYOGRAPHY is a coming of age novel about a bisexual teen who moves to a very religious Mormon town who must keep his identity in secret. However, things take a turn once he falls for the bishop’s son. What comes next is one of the most heartbreaking, but truly incredible love stories I have read in a while.

The book starts off with Tanner Scott and his best friend Autumn laying on her bed discussing their class schedules. Autumn challenges Tanner to sign up for the school’s Seminar course, a course where you must write a full novel within a single semester. The Seminar is very popular and even more so since the town’s very own Sebastian Brother’s novel he wrote during the class gained a publishing contract. Tanner is reluctant, but he eventually concedes. Writing this novel might have been hard until he lays eyes on the handsome Sebastian Brother.

Tanner and Sebastian have an undeniable connection. While they try to keep things strictly professional and tame, they soon find themselves falling in love in a town where every look, every word must be kept secret and cautious. Their secret romance is intense and you can’t help but root for them because you just want them to be happy. Tanner is strong. He knows who he is and doesn’t try to be anything other than who he is. He likes boys. He likes girls. That’s just who he is and his narrative about his identity is amazing.

On the other hand, Sebastian’s own struggle is so heartbreaking that I just wanted to hug him. You can feel how much he is struggling and in pain. He is the bishop’s son. He’s from a very LDS family. He prays to God about everything and asks for forgiveness. Sebastian builds houses on the weekends! He’s a very sweet, very compassionate guy, but he doesn’t know who he truly is. He’s fighting who he thinks he is, but can no longer achieve this when he sets his eyes on Tanner.

Everything about this book was truly amazing. Tanner’s family’s support and love for him. Tanner and Autumn’s relationship, Tanner and Sebastian’s love, and everything in between. I couldn’t get enough and can’t recommend it enough! Read AUTOBOYOGRAPHY immediately!

Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release: April 7, 2015

Pages: 320

 

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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I am in love with this book ❤ Absolutely in love.

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Seriously, I cannot stop gushing. This book definitely lives up to the hype, which I was nervous about when I decided to read it. I wanted to love it as much as everyone else. And I did. Then some. This book is just…so important. It’s message is clear and a wonderful story of coming out and being who you are. I cannot stop thinking about Simon and Blue and how incredibly brave and wonderful they are! Their emails had me swooning and giggling like a little girl!

No joke, family asked me repeatedly why I was laughing so much.
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First of all, this book is filled so many great relationships! Simon has the best of friends. Nick and Abby and Leah and Blue! and his wonderful family? I love them all so much. His family was supporting and great. When Simon brought up his dad’s gay jokes, he immediately apologized and his mom wanted to gush and know everything about Simon and who he was talking to. Seriously, the best. I am so glad that Albertalli included this in the story. It gave it so much more meaning. Plus, all the Harry Potter references!

Simon begins an online friendship with someone he doesn’t know the identity of online through his school’s Tumblr. They begin a close relationship coming to terms with their sexuality and helping each other with coming out to their families. All while not knowing who the other person is. When the emails turn into flirting is when the fun really starts. it’s so funny how Simon couldn’t see what was right in front of him. I am so glad I turned out to be right about who Blue was because I was so excited!

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I am trying so much not to talk about spoilers because all I want to do is fangirl over those last 30 pages! SO. DANG. CUTE.

I do have one complaint though. There was such a lack of description of the characters that I had such a hard time picturing them. I could picture one person perfectly and maybe Abby a little bit due to her skin color. But that was it. That was a little disappointing.

If you haven’t read this book yet, YOU REALLY NEED TO!

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Ringin’ in the New Year Book Tag

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Thank you so much to Raven at Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to do the Ringing in the New Year Book Tag! What a perfect way to take a look at my reading year and share some more favorites.


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Rules:

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag – Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2016

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I am sure many people are going to be mentioning ACOMAF, but I had to include it because it blew me away. Crooked Kingdom and The Midnight Star were great finales this year and deserve so much recognition.

Best Series:

Definitely The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Shades of Magic by VE Schwab, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo,ILady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, lluminae Files by Amie Kaugman and Jay Kristoff were some of my absolute favorites

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Authors that You’ve recently found and would love to read more from:

  • Victora Schwab – Shades of Magic. I really wanted to start reading her Archived series. This Savage Song was another great book tat I read from her this year.
  • Roshani Chokshi – The Star-Touched Queen. Though it wasn’t my favorite book of this year and was a bit disappointing when I found out it was a standalone, Chokshi’s writing captivated me.
  • Tarryn Fisher – F*ck Love. I really enjoyed this book and found it a bit addicting. I need to read more books by her because she seems like an awesome person too.
  • Adam Silvera – More Happy than Not. Oh my god this book was absolutely fantastic. History is All You Left Me is one of my most anticipated of 2017 now. I need more of Adam’s books!

Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?

I am not really a fan of book adaptations because more likely than not, I am always disappointed. So I like to envision my favorite books in my head just the way I love them.

Although I am interested in seeing what they did with Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon and Ready Player One.

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one)

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Rhysand. Always Rhys. ❤

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What’s on your TBR for 2017? (Top 5 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)

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these are just a few because I am constantly adding books, but I do want to read more diverse books too in 2017. Also, I know Crystal Storm is out already but my book is on the way, so by the time I can read it it will be 2017 anyway. 😉

How many books do you hope to read in 2017?

I am not too sure yet, but I will say about 60. I don’t want to set a too high goal because I will stress myself out. I read over 100 books this year so I am satisfied. If I don’t read that next year, it’s not the end of the world. 🙂

Will you participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or any others (PopSugar, Read the Books You Buy, etc.)

Absolutely. the Goodreads challenge is the only challenge I am faithful to complete. I don’t do too well with readathons or other challenges because I tend to get distracted or want to read whatever I want so I can’t stick to anything but the Goodreads goal. Oops.

Any New Year’s Resolutions? (Bookish, blogging, and otherwise)

Read more diversely. Also, blog more. I definitely didn’t blog much this year and I am ashamed of myself. 😦


Well that’s it! I am not going to tag anyone, but if you would like to do this tag please feel free!
until next time xxoo

Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

Series: Maybe #1

Release: March 18, 2014

Genre: New Adult Romance

Pages: 367

I decided to reread this book and just realized this is one of the only CoHo books I haven’t reviewed yet! I can’t believe it because it’s one of my favorites!

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At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

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Maybe Someday is one of the first Colleen Hoover books I have read. I was completely blown away by the storytelling this book. I thought the inclusion of a soundtrack with original songs that were written into the book was so unique and more heartfelt. It made the reading experience more enjoyable. I recommend listening while you read because you will definitely have all the feels. ❤

Maybe Someday is such an angst-y book. Our main characters Sydney and Ridge have a growing attraction that just intensifies while they write beautiful, wonderful music together. Though it is wrong and totally messed up for them to be attracted to each other because Ridge has a girlfriend, they cannot help it. Nor could I help but root for them to get together. I loved their connection and their struggle with their growing attraction. They both had such a hard time fighting their feelings for each other. Although I really wish Ridge wouldn’t have chose to cheat.

I really admired Sydney in this book. She isn’t my favorite CoHo female character, but I admire her spirit. She doesn’t let people walk all over her. She stands up for herself and gives herself time to grieve. I find her heartbreak believable. She questions why she is attracted to Ridge and fights her feelings because she knows she’s not ready to have feelings for someone else right after she just got out of a relationship. She wants to be on her own. Be dependent.

Also, Ridge is such a sweetheart. I love Ridge. Take out the fact that he cheated, I’d say he’s nearly perfect. Plus, he’s wicked talented and who can resist?

What I really enjoyed were the side characters as well. Warren and Bridgette are so interesting to read. I am so glad they get their own novella so you can get a closer look into their relationship. If you haven’t read Maybe Not, you really should. (Although, you should after you read this book if you haven’t already!) Warren offers a great comic relief with his little pranks and ego. Everyone living in that apartment got along so splendidly and had such a great relationship with each other. It makes me wish they were my best friends.

Overall, this book gives all the feels.
Listen to the sountrack.
Fall in love with Sydney and Ridge.

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Gilmore Girls Book Tag

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How crazy is it that today Gilmore Girls revival was released?! Oh my god I need to binge immediately! (which chances are I currently am right now 😉 )

So since our wishes were granted and we got new episodes, I thought it was the perfect time to do a Gilmore Girls book tag! It’s perfect. It combines my two favorite things! Gilmore Girls and books!

I took this tag from Yvonne’s (A World Between Folded Pages) post. Feel free to check out her post for her awesome answers as well!

So let’s get to it 😀

1. I just got hit by a deer! 
– character having the worst day ever –

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I am going to go with Kady Grant from Illuminae. First of all, her planet got attacked. Then she gets split up from her ex and mom/family. Reading Illuminae I just felt so bad for her because she couldn’t catch a break.

2. Stars Hollow
– wildly eccentric cast-
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I am going with Yvonne’s answer too because this cast is so diverse and eccentric. Each character is so unique and shine. No one outshines anyone and it’s so hard to pick just one favorite. You will fall in love with each and every one of them.
3. Kim’s Antiques
– a world you’d be afraid to enter –
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I have to go with This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Hello, a city run by monsters? I would be terrified! Plus the monsters are created when a criminal act is committed? oh jeez.
4. Coffee
– a book you’re addicted to –
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Can I say every single Colleen Hoover book ever? And ACOMAF?? Oh and The Young Elites!? It’s impossible to pick just one and it’s cruel to make me do so!
5. Lorelai & Luke
– a book about best friends who fall in love –
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emmyoliverI loved this book so much. It made me so emotional while reading it. I remember Emmy and Oliver had the cutest friendship when they were younger and watching them fall in love gave me feels like you wouldn’t believe ❤
6. Mr. Medina
– an illicit affair –
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dimilyTyler and Eden from the DIMILY trilogy. These two are stepsiblings who fell in love. Forbidden but I loved them to pieces okay? These books were so emotionally exhausting because i shipped them so hard 😦
Plus Tyler? Agh ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤  ❤
7. Dean
– first book love –
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Patch Cipriano. I used to love him so much! This trilogy wasn’t the greatest but it was my favorite when I was into that YA Paranormal phase. I used to read nothing else and Patch was my first book boyfriend. I would count Edward when Twilight came out but I didn’t really fall for him like I did Patch. I was obsessed with Patch. Even my boyfriend said I used to talk about him all the time 😀 oops
8. Luke’s Diner
– a comfort read –
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I don’t think I have a comfort read. I have reread November 9 and Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. But I wouldn’t call those comfort reads since they both make me sob? Hmm…maybe Anna and the French Kiss trilogy? Since they are all so cute!
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9. Am I crying or laughing?
– a book that messed with your emotions –
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Without a doubt It Ends with Us! This really messed me up emotionally. If you have read it, you know what I mean.
10. I pushed him in the lake!
– a book you’d throw in a lake –
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99daysWords cannot describe how much I hated this book. It was so pointless and I wish I could erase it from my brain.
Well that’s it! I may be doing more Gilmore Girls tags because I am going to be on a Gilmore high!
Now if you excuse me, BACK TO MY BINGING!
Thanks for reading! until next time xxoo