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 that Tanner’s best friend convinced him to take.
This book was pretty good. It wasn’t Simon V.S. The Homo Sapiens Agenda good, but it wasn’t The Love Interest bad. I connected to the plot pretty well and I felt for Tanner. I just wanted to give him a hug. He needed it.
The writing style was like two different people with very different writing styles were writing this book. Which was exactly what happened. I didn’t know that this book was written by two people until I read the About the Author section. That meant that whenever the authors switched I knew. And I didn’t like it. One style was melodic and lyrical and the other style was sharp and to the point. It was bad.
The characters were so sweet and realistic and I loved them so much!!! I mean, sometimes I didn’t like some of them but in all they were amazing!! Tanner was so sweet and pure and I related so much to him (interpret that as you will). Sebastian also seemed super realistic, even though I wanted him to get his act together and accept himself for who he was. Autumn was an amazing best friend and I wouldn’t have put up with Tanner’s antics for so long. Everybody else was also great and I was so proud of everyone as they developed over the course of the book.
The Mormons in the book were actually really interesting. They were this elite group with their own hierarchy and complicated rules. Especially concerning people questioning their sexual identity. All throughout the book, I wasn’t sure whether to hate them or just leave them alone (guess which I chose in the end). The Mormons in this book needed to lighten up and be more accepting. I am not saying this to offend Mormon viewers of my blog. I am talking about how the faith was represented in this book and not about the Mormon faith in real life (I don’t know very much about it).
The plot was very character-based and there wasn’t a whole lot of action. I wanted the pacing to be a little bit slower but it wasn’t that much of a problem. I also wanted to see more of Tanner’s family and how they reacted to Sebastian. He was really sweet and I loved him so much (but not as much as Simon). The plot was also really predictable and I knew what was going to happen a chapter and a half before it actually happened. But I did love the Seminar and want to drive there to take the class.
I really enjoyed this book throughout all of it’s faults and even though I probably won’t pick up anything by these authors ever again I do admire them. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page.Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons