Category: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Romance, Gay Romance
Tags: High School, Teacher, Writer, Bisexual, Tortured Hero, MM Romance
Published September 2017
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This is a fantastic book. Let’s just start there.
It is so much more than a romance book too. It’s a poignant story about identity that was both heart-wrenching and beautiful at the same time.
Christina Lauren has been a favorite author of mine for awhile but they showed me a different side of their work in this young adult romance.
Sure, it’s a book about two teens coming to find their soulmates in a high school English class. But so much more stood out to me about this book.
The Meaning of Love
This book really looks at the meaning of love. The meaning of love between family members, between parents and child, between God and creation, between church and congregation.
Love is love. It cannot be conditional. It should not be conditional.
And yet we see in both Sebastian and Tanner how those who claim to love us can either do so with conditions or without.
I loved how Tanner’s mother was literally a walking bumper sticker for her son. His parents support was truly unconditional and I loved how their relationship was depicted. Goals.
The Mormon Religion
I actually also really loved learning more about the Mormon religion, lifestyle and culture in this book which I wasn’t expecting.
Christina Lauren do a great job presenting it from both sides – what it offers (and what Sebastian loves about it) and what it denies – acceptance of same sex relationships.
I adored both characters in this book but Sebastian really captured my heart. The book is only told from Tanner’s POV but oh how I was dying to know what was going on in Sebastian’s head.
Every time he put on his fake smile my heart broke a bit more.
His character really embodied how lonely and isolating it can be without family and friend support while you’re coming to grips with your identity and understanding who you truly are.
In the whole book, I found Sebastian’s younger sister’s reaction to his questioning the most devastating.
This book will without a doubt be making my best MM romance book list. I can’t recommend it enough.
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