This book has me an emotional mess just thinking about it. The way it was written, the emotions it evoked, the rawness of the characters feelings, the love and the pain, all of it. It all just went together perfectly and made for a book I couldn’t not love.
This coming of age novel is a must read for all readers. It’s important and it’s necessary. It evaluates what it means to really find who you are and where you fit into this world when everything seems to be written in stone. I will not shy away from saying this; Yes, it is a queer book. Yes, it discusses the conflict between your sexual identity and religion. But depending on your perspective and how open-minded you are, there is a lot that EVERYONE can take away from this story. There is so much to learn and understand, if not about yourself, then about others and how they love. I can’t even put into words how meaningful this story was. How many people it could impact—in a good way.
I adored Tanner and Sebastian. Their story found a home in my heart as I’m sure it did—and will continue to do—with many others. They were so achingly real that it was hard NOT to become so invested in their story and find yourself rooting for them and wanting to jump into the book and make everything right! Obviously, you won’t though, because you know they need to grow and learn through this experience.
I’ve always loved Christina Lauren’s books. I think their writing style is hilarious and heartwarming and they always discuss topics readers can relate to. But this book in particular is definitely my favourite from them. The whole plot idea alone was genius and made the book incredibly more fun to read and made the characters feel infinitely more real. I don’t want to say too much about it because it’ll spoil the book, but the formatting was a stroke of genius.
I can’t believe I took so long to pick this book up, despite having had my eye on it for a long while now. What first drew me to it was the cover, because it is GORGEOUS. Probably one of my top favourites ever. But then I read the synopsis and I knew I’d love this story, because the plot fell right along the line of what I like to read. And then I actually finally read it, and I just can’t believe I waited so long. I’m glad I went with my gut and bought it at last. So glad. Because I can CONFIDENTLY say this is one of my top reads of this year. Probably one of my top reads EVER, actually.