Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

About

Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant 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.

My Thoughts

This book was so good, in fact, it was stupendous! It’s been a long while since I’ve read something that I just truly loved from beginning to end. This book is such a great story. The plot is great, the characters are amazing, and the situations are legit and actually could happen. There’s nothing really fantastical about this book. It’s all possible.

Tanner is my favorite character. He knows who he is, and lives his life by it. His parents love him and accept him too. His best friend Autumn, is so relatable. I swear I could be her if my best friend was a boy growing up. Cause I know I’d be in love with my best friend if he was like Tanner.

What the authors, (Christina Lauren is a pen name for 2 women who write together, they’re BFFs),did is genius. The title of the book is clearly explained, the love story is what we need in today’s society because representation matters in all forms, including sexuality.  I feel like they show a high school students true feelings about love and life and how damn confusing it is.

I honestly have had trouble coming up with words to express just how fantastic this book and how important it is for people to read this book. But not just this book, any book that has relationships that stray from the heterosexual genre. For those who don’t like these types, this book is a good place to start. It gently but genuinely shows you that love is love.

The LDS aspect was very intriguing to me. One of my best friends from college is Mormon and she helped me understand her religion more through our friendship. A lot of what was explained in the book I knew because of her. I do have to say though, as a parent my heart broke for Sebastian in the parts where his parents were making him question everything.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Recommended for middle and high school students; book clubs; anyone who may need a little love story; anyone wants to learn about a type of LGBTQ+ relationship; everyone.

You will not regret reading this book. And if you do, re-read it.

M.

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Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

About (Goodreads)

Things Chloe knew: Her sister, Ivy, was lonely. Ethan was a perfect match. Ethan’s brother, David, was an arrogant jerk.

Things Chloe should have known: Setups are complicated. Ivy can make her own decisions. David may be the only person who really gets Chloe.

Meet Chloe Mitchell, a popular Los Angeles girl who’s decided that her older sister, Ivy, who’s on the autism spectrum, could use a boyfriend. Chloe already has someone in mind: Ethan Fields, a sweet, movie-obsessed boy from Ivy’s special needs class.

Chloe would like to ignore Ethan’s brother, David, but she can’t—Ivy and Ethan aren’t comfortable going out on their own, so Chloe and David have to tag along. Soon Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan form a quirky and wholly lovable circle. And as the group bonds over frozen-yogurt dates and movie nights, Chloe is forced to confront her own romantic choices—and the realization that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.

My Thoughts

I’m not sure what I expected going into this book, but it definitely wasn’t this absolutely amazingness!

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that drew me in so quickly. I was invested in the characters and what was happening. Chloe was such a strong female character and it made me love her. Her sister,Ivy, I thought was such a great and enlightening woman character. I haven’t read many books that center around autism and what it’s like for the siblings, and how the parents are and what the parents are like in the situation. I feel like in this case, the mother didn’t know what she was doing because Chloe had always done everything when it came to Ivy. You can see it and feel it. Chloe knows so much about Ivy and knows that eventually, Ivy needs to know how to do adult things. I think my favorite part is that you realize you truly never know what someone else is going through or what their home life is like. Chloe’s friends are the typical high school teens whose lives revolve around themselves. It’s normal. And yet, at the same time it is so frustrating that I wanted to punch James and Sarah in their faces. After Chloe and James’s breakup the way they talk to her is just aggravating. They truly don’t understand and don’t want to understand.

Something must be said for David. What a gem. Like yes, he’s the worst but he’s also the Best. His humour and sarcasm are life. When he and Chloe finally get along, it’s so worth the dialogue. Which, btw, is one of the BEST things about this entire book. The dialogue is amazing and just spouting with all the sass. I live for sassy dialogue and this book delivers.

I think this book would be a great tool for understanding autism in families. Also, in reference to families, this book shows the good,bad, and ugly of blended families. Step- parents often get a bad rap and while there is a heap of it in there, it also shows the presumptions made about step parents. More importantly, it shows how people with autism are smarter than most give them credit for and how irrational and uneducated some people can be about the topic.

I highly recommend this book to everyone but I think it would be beneficial for anyone who has ever had any contact with someone with autism. I feel like family members with autistic relatives could glean something from this read, some sort of truth.

Rating

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Best for ages 13 and up; book clubs for both adults and school children in 7th grade and higher.

M.

Currently reading/TBR

Currently Reading:

  1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  2. The Librarian Aushwitz by Antonio Iturbe
  3. Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
  4. The Next Always by Nora Roberts
  5. Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce

TBR

  1. Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green
  2. Circe by Madeline Miller
  3. The Shape of Water by Guillermo Del Toro
  4. This is Me by Chrissy Metz

 

 

 

If you have any book suggestions please leave me a comment below!

M.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

About book (Goodreads): Vivan Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

My Thoughts

Moxie is such a wonderful book! I can’t recommend it enough. Not only is it a good book for women of all ages, but also men.

You probably think I relate to this because I’m a woman. And while that may be true, it’s also because I went to high school. I went to a small high school but I know things. I also believe that these type of situations mentioned in the book: the dress code check, the bump n grab, etc, happen a lot more. I went to a school elementary thru high school where we wore uniforms but dress code checks still happened. Is that how you wear that skirt? Your skirt is too short., your bra strap is showing,  there was even a moment where socks were checked to make sure our ankles were covered. Our. ankles. So yes, this has always happened, even is small schools is random Mississippi.

Now, as a mother of two girls I am hyper aware of what goes on in schools. I’m frightened that something will happen to them and they won’t defend themselves, tell a teacher, or tell me or my husband. It’s something that even in my oldest daughter’s young age, I still worry about. We currently live abroad and the school thankfully is very vigilant of things bullying and such, but that worry stays in your gut.

Moxie is a book that helps show the world what feminism is truly about. It helps spread the word about a movement of equality. I know things happen to boys and men too. It’s about both sexes being treated fairly, and being believed and not just swept under the carpet. Vivian is such a great and believable character because she questions herself so much about what she is doing. She questions whether her big idea will help at all and doesn’t tell anyone in fear that she will get in trouble. As the studious, good girl type in high school, I was like man, that’s so me in high school. Her BFF, Claudia, is a good representation too. The relationship between Viv and Seth is great. It was a believable boyfriend and girlfriend scenario to me because not all boys are ass-holes, but most boys don’t understand.

I also would love to mention that the mom/daughter relationship portrayed is SO good. I also love that parents for all kids are present in different ways. All ethnicities are represented and some very relevant race issues are talked about. This book is so relevant for today’s society.

Stars

🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠

Recommended for

I would recommend this book for a literature classes in 7th thru 12th grades, and book clubs for adults too. You can glean so much information from today’s society and even society’s of the past- because this shit happens no matter what year we’re in.

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I hope you enjoyed my review of Moxie! Please leave comments, suggestions, likes for me. Follow me too!

M.

Favorite Harry Potter Fanfics

I know i said I would update last week but honestly, I forgot and was busy with birthday prep for my husband and my kids were sick. But, I’m back now and I’m gonna list my top 10 faves for you people who may be interested. Plus, I can always go back and reread cause some of these are just that good.

I’ve also been thinking of trying my hand at fanfic writing. But I dunno. If I do…I’ll probably do it here cause I don’t think anyone actually reads my blog lol

Top Ten Fave HP Fanfics (In no particular order)

  1. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11700965/1/Blaise-Zabini-and-the-Difficulty-of-Existing
  2. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7833160/1/Graveyard-Valentine (so good)
  3. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3652530/1/Kissing-Lessons (one of my faves)
  4. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2358572/1/Kissing-Lessons-for-the-Beginner
  5. https://www.fanfiction.net/community/The-Best-of-Fred-Hermione/110456/ (fremione for the win)
  6. https://www.fanfiction.net/community/Brilliant-Mischief/29970/ (some of the best Fred and Hermione)
  7. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7249068/1/Lessons-in-Love (currently reading this one, soooo good)
  8. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6532581/1/What-the-Room-Requires (draco and hermione)
  9. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8191933/1/The-Five-Kisses-Of-Draco-Malfoy-And-Hermione-Grang (In my defense, Draco and Hermione make sense to me)
  10. https://www.fanfiction.net/community/Back-in-Time-With-the-Marauders/41444/ (ok so, I don’t like all the time turner fanfics but I do like Hermione with young Sirius.)

Let me explain…

I like Hermione with Harry or Draco or Fred best. I like Ron in the movies. I like the actor who plays Ron. I don’t like the way he is in the books. I NEVER understood why Hermione ended up with him of all men in the books. They would drive each other insane! Granted, Hermione and Draco would also. But in the event that Draco was covering his true feelings for her so he wouldn’t die…I could see them together.

Harry makes most sense because they’re bff’s. And they have that thing where they can just look at each other and talk no words.

Fred…well..he’s one of the twins and they are just so cute. So..other than reasoning I guess..opposites attract.

 

Tell me what ya think! Do  you have any other ones you like? I’m looking for my favorite Draco and Hermione one. I couldn’t find it atm so I’ll post an update with it.

XOXO

M.

Update

I’ve been gone a bit longer than I thought I would. I’ve been reading but not really books. I’ve been reading fanfic. Harry Potter fanfic. I’ve decided to make a blog post about my favorites and share them with you so if you’re interested in that kinda thing you can read some.

I think I’ve found some really great ones. My favorites are ones where Ron and Hermione are NOT a couple. #sorrynotsorry

So the next blog post should be a list of my top fanfics for y’all to peruse if you so choose. I should post it mid next week some time.

 

XoXo

M

City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

About (Goodreads)
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns thaod hat Jace does not want her there, and her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments.

My Thoughts
Where to begin? I love this series so much that it’s overwhelming. I honestly haven’t found a series I’ve loved so much since Harry Potter. And I LOVE HARRY POTTER! It’s a fierce love and passion. That being said, let’s continue…

I think what made me roll my eyes hard is the Clave. Why do the Shadowhunters trust so blindly to people who clearly have been corupt for years? This time isn’t the first. The other Inquisitor was a badass bitch who was ridden with vengence, this new one is a two faced piece of shit who had everyone fooled. Why won’t you learn Shadowhunters!!

Things I’m glad about:

  1. Jace and Clary aren’t related in the biological sense. But them having angel blood has to mean something? I don’t know what but it has to be something. Pure angel blood but still human. There’s something…
  2.  Sebastian the crazy dies and Jace is the one to kill the psycho. It says a lot about a person when they’re crazier than their crazy father/creator. Pure evil Sebatian is, or the real Jonathan. How weird is it that he KNEW who Clary was the whole time and STILL kissed her. Like WTF?! I mean, demon blood I suppose could make you want weird crazy shit like that I guess. Ick. I’m just glad that Jace killed the mofo. Or did he?
  3. Valentine. Man, this guy. Summons an angel and thinks the angel has to do his bidding. The balls. I find it incredible he lived this long. But I’m even happier he dies. Like seriously, dead as a door nail. But I don’t understand why they gave him a Shadowhunter funeral? He was bat shit crazy and they did the whole thing. Someone needs to explain that to me. Why would they waste their time on someone who tried to wipe out their race?
  4. Simon and Isabelle? Ok. I knew it was gonna happen but also Maia? Vampire hotness must be gold.
  5. I think what I like most about being 3 books in is that Clary has stopped her poor pitiful me thing. She has become a Shadowhunter. She’s brave, strong, independent, and a problem solver. Yes, she needs more training- she can’t always rely on her runes but she’s a badass. The way she kills Valentine. Priceless.
  6. The most romantic scene I’ve ever read is her asking for the angel to resurrect Jace. That’s all she wants. She can literally ask the Angel for A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G. and she only wants Jace. I pretty sure I swooned. Like usually the male character is all here’s my romantic gesture, but this was so much more. The love in that moment was so overpowering.

I do need to brush up on my biblical readings though. The amount of references to Old and New Testaments makes me reconsider if I learned anything in my 12 years at a Catholic school. I think I’m mostly referring to the rune Clary places on Simon’s head. Cain and Able. The one story most everyone knows and remembers. 7-fold death if you attempt to kill Simon. Goodness. I’ll say this, Cassandra Clare is a bad ass writer to create such a world and vision like she has.

One last thing…Luke and Clary’s mom. Finally.

5 out of 5 stars. (Did you expect anything less?)

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

About (Goodreads)
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

My Thoughts

This was an interesting read. I liked the family set up. The blended family that accepted each other. But my favorite was the way Emaline explained what a father versus a dad was to the reader. A father is biological, while a Dad is someone who there through the good and bad.

Emaline has a father who’s a piece of shit. I mean there’s no other way to say it. There’s some people who are meant to be parents and this guy, ain’t one. He’s hopeless. He has Emaline and her little half brother and he still doesn’t really understand what it is to be a dad. Which, is why he’s her father. And when she finally tells him the difference the urge to fist pump is overwhelming. (I’m not even from New Jersey lol)

It’s set before her start of college and with it comes doubts about her and her hottie bf Luke. You can feel there’s something off with them coming from the book. I mean she even says she’s never been one into physical things in the relationship but what teenager is all, oh I’m good? Yes, they have sex but she’s like no into it and you can feel it. It’s almost as if she’s doing it just to keep him (which you should never do). They take a break and then she’s whisked off into this summer romance by Theo who’s in town working on a documentary for the summer. At first you think he’s cool, cute even, but then you see the neurotic come out in him. It’s a little scary. So I’m super happy when that relationship comes to an end on its own. He crazy. She doesn’t get together again with Luke but they end up friends which is good. He’s a good guy. Did he make a mistake going to a club with another girl? Sure. But they’re in high school. And young. Mistakes happen. What I’m really bent out of shape about is that I thought that Emaline and Morris would end up together. Even though he’s with Emaline’s best friend, I don’t know, I just thought they fit together. They were so good together, chemistry and all.

But what I love in all this is that her Mom is always there. She always knows when Emaline needs her or is having a tough time. And for whatever reason, maybe because I’m a mommy to 2 beautiful girls but when the explanation for the title, The Moon and More, is revealed I was a little puddle of emotion agreeing with the mom on every level of mom-ing there ever was or could be. The Mom has always wanted to give Emaline, the moon and more in life. She’s always wanted more than she had and worked hard to give her a life where that was possible. It just gives you all the feels.

I think this book delves into a topic some people miss. That there’s a difference between bio parents and actual parents. I’m very blessed to have incredible parents my mom and dad. But I know people who aren’t as blessed am I am. Who haven’t had the blessings I’ve had in life. They refer to their parents either by their first names or by the title, “my bio dad/mom”. So I knew about this topic, about these feelings associated with this relationship. It’s heartbreaking both in real life and in a book.

I gave this book a 4 of 5 stars because I felt like my want/need for Morris and Emaline was left hanging and it would have worked out. Especially with how the ending is set up with her being nervous to see him at the art opening. So it would have been a plot twist able to succeed.

4 out of 5 stars!