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My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

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“Is it weird that this roomful of straight men is fighting over Reid and not me?”

My Favorite-Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren is a funny romance book that follows Millie and Reid as they navigate their new friends with benefits relationship while trying online dating for the first time.

Isis has read and reviewed a couple Cristina Lauren books before, but I never had a real interest before. Romance is typically not a genre I reach for. But for the month of February my book club wanted a romance and My Favorite-Half Night Stand was the winner of the poll we always hold. And I have to say, it was a lot of fun.

I think my favorite aspect of the book wasn’t even the romance, which I have to admit, was very cute. But the whole friend group Millie and Reid had was so funny and supportive. I even was wishing Christina Lauren would write companion novels of Alex, Chris, and Ed (my fav) each receiving their own romance. Not gonna happen, but it would have been great I tell you.

All the characters were really fleshed out and I personally loved Millie’s character arc. There’s family involvement too which I always love. There might be a bit of a stretch since they are five  good looking, successful, single teachers who get tenure (at least that’s what the women at my book club commented on),  but for me that was easy to ignore. I have seen other reviews complain about how the characters who dumb to online dating as well, but since I’ve never online dated, that also never bothered me.

Overall, it was a fun, fast read. I think in the future when I get into a slump or simply want a lighter read, I would pick up another book by Christina Lauren. 

4 stars

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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – Book Review

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“I learned a very important thing that day: my mom would never try to change for a man, and I wouldn’t, either.”


Hazel is an eccentric woman who has no filter, and usually gets into pretty interesting and messy situations. Hazel was a lot of fun. I learned to love her right away, and I was always rooting for her happiness. Years after college, Hazel runs into Josh, a guy she used to like but knew would never date. They quickly strike up a quirky friendship and set each other up on terrible dates. It’s pretty obvious where this is going, but I didn’t find it predictable. It was a really enjoyable read.

I loved Hazel’s relationship with her mom. She was such a cool person, and it was clear how much she had influenced Hazel’s confidence. I loved Hazel’s relationship with Emily and David as well. There was so much love in this book. I liked how Emily and Josh jokingly fought to be Hazel’s best friend. It was adorable, especially because of how much Hazel enjoyed it. I thought Josh was great, too. He was so sweet, and I wanted nothing but good things for him.

The romance was nice, but it didn’t sweep me off my feet. There were never any moments where I felt giddy or thrilled. I was just content throughout the whole thing. The book was great, but it wasn’t anything special. I love Christina Lauren’s writing style. These women are incredibly talented, and they work well together. I still hold Autoboyography to sort of a gold standard. However, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating was really lovely. Pick it up if you’re into friends to lovers romances!

3,5 stars

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – Book Review

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This book is important.

First of all, I’d like to give thanks to the amazing authors of this book, Christina and Lauren, for being so careful and so honest with their characters. They tackled huge topics, but nothing felt forced. I’ve never read a book like this before. It felt genuine. Also, I’m just generally grateful to this book because after dealing with a lot of personal demons and not picking up a book in months, I read this and loved it. Loved it so much.

Autoboyography is the story of Tanner, a bisexual boy living in a town in Utah where the majority of people are Mormons. Although Tanner’s mom was Mormon before, his family does not practice any religion, not even through his Jewish father. Religion plays a big role in this story. For some reason, I’ve always been drawn to stories about religion, and religion in general. I’ve studied the subject a lot, and I’m fascinated to learn about the way people all over the world practice different religions. This story, in particular, exposes religion without harsh judgment, which I really appreciated.

The gist of it is, Tanner falls for a Mormon boy who is also his TA in his Senior year of high school. Things are complicated from that moment on. Sebastian is nothing but a sweetheart, who is deeply involved in his church and faith. I really loved that. Tanner tried to understand Sebastian’s love for his religion, and there were a lot of amazing discussions regarding religion and sexuality. Because those two things never seem to coexist in peace somehow.

“I don’t actually care if you break my heart, Sebastian. I went into this knowing it could happen and I gave it to you anyway. But I don’t want you to break your own. You have so much space in your heart for your church, but does it have space for you?”

The communication between all of the characters in this book was phenomenal. There was no unnecessary drama due to miscommunication. People always spoke their thoughts and feelings. It was like a breath of fresh air, no matter how difficult some of the conversations were.

The characters were incredible. Tanner stole my heart from the very beginning, and I loved Sebastian because I got to see him through Tanner’s eyes full of love. I loved Tanner’s best friend Auddy. She was the sweetest person, so loving and accepting. My only complaint was that she got involved in the overall mess created, and I didn’t love that. Tanner’s family were a joy to read. His parents were supportive and open, and they were involved in his life. It’s an aspect rarely shown in books, but this one didn’t breeze through it. Sebastian’s parents weren’t the best, but I didn’t hate them, and that says a lot.

I connected with this book on so many levels. Sexuality and religion are two of my favorite topics to learn about, so this combination worked perfectly. Not only that, but coming from a Christian background, as well as being pansexual, I related so much to everything playing out. I’ve been there. I’ve seen the struggle. Thankfully, I’ve never felt any guilt about who I am, or who I love. I have a strong faith that doesn’t clash at all with my sexuality. But I know how hard it is for many others out there.

I can’t express how significant this book is. I would love for everyone to read it and take something from it. I would love to see more acceptance for our LGBTQ+ youth who come from religious backgrounds, who feel the need to hide who they are, who are afraid to act on their feelings. I would love for more religions to embrace these beautiful, amazing people and allow them to love who they love.

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5 stars