Saturday, June 11, 2016

Book Review: Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi


AUTOFOCUS
Publication Date: June 14th 2016 (Harper Teen)
 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Adoption, Coming of Age, Family

Goodreads Synopsis:
Family.

It’s always been a loaded word for Maude. And when she is given a senior photography assignment—to create a portfolio that shows the meaning of family—she doesn’t quite know where to begin. But she knows one thing: without the story of her birth mother, who died when Maude was born, her project will be incomplete.

So Maude decides to visit her best friend, Treena, at college in Tallahassee, Florida, where Maude’s birth mother once lived. But when Maude arrives, she quickly discovers that Treena has changed. With a new boyfriend and a packed social calendar, Treena doesn’t seem to have time for Maude—or helping Maude in her search.

Enter Bennett, a cute guy who lives in Treena’s dorm. He understands Maude’s need to find her mother. And as Bennett helps Maude in her search, she starts to find that her mother’s past doesn’t have to define her own future.

Lauren Gibaldi has crafted a beautiful and timely coming-of-age story that poses the question: Is who we are determined at birth, or can we change as we grow?


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When I saw AUTOFOCUS' synopsis, I knew I would totally love the book! I was not wrong. It's more than your usual sappy YA contemporary. It may look fluffy and cutesy basing on the cover, but it has so much to offer its readers. It is a wonderful story of friendship, of family, and most importantly of finding yourself.

What did I like about the book? I always love stories about family. Plus, not a lot of YA books are about college and such. Autofocus
dealt with real life issues like college application, not fitting in, what to do after you graduate, and other worries after high school. I only read those on most NA books. I also appreciated the fact that AUTOFOCUS did not focus on romance. And if it did, I would not have a problem as I ultimately ship Maude and Bennett. I have a soft spot for nerd guys. (Bennett loves Blankets!)

Maude's life may not be picture-perfect, but she sure is filled with such supportive people around her. In the end, she found what she was looking for and so much more. The author was able to convey an important message that family is not just the person who gave birth to you. Lauren was able to write a heartwarming story that will make you appreciate life. 

We may not like the changes in our lives, and we may know what we truly want, but we have to face the gritty future. Thank you Lauren for writing an important book. Thank for reminding us all of the essential things in life. I highly recommend Autofocus! READ IT AND HUG IT!




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About Lauren Gibaldi:
Lauren is a public librarian and the author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, MATT'S STORY (a Night We Said Yes novella), and AUTOFOCUS (out 6/14/16), all with HarperTeen / HarperCollins. Fan of dinosaurs and cheesy jokes. And you.



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