Author: Lauren Gibaldi
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harper Teen (June 14, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
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?
I have always been a sucker for a great well told coming of age story that can hit you in the feels. Leave you nodding your head in agreement in parts, teary eyed in others, and always, with a warm feeling in your heart when that very last page is turned and the story told.
Autofocus is one such story. A story that is at times is raw, real, hard, but also one that is hopeful and beautiful.
A story that I think anyone can relate to regardless of their circumstances and one I think a lot of teens will relish and finally feel like someone else out there “get's it”.
One about finding oneself, coming to terms with other things, and most importantly what matters most in life of living, loving, and letting go.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
Oooh, glad you liked this one! Can’t wait to start it. Sounds powerful! Great review :DReplyDelete
It was in some ways for sure. ;)Delete
I have this one coming up kind of soon. Sounds like I will enjoy it! Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
I hope you like it and thanks, you too!Delete
Perfect light reading remedy. Maybe it'll help cure my reading blues.ReplyDelete
It definitely is that. ;)Delete
it's great to have a story you can realte to like that!ReplyDelete
It's great to have some light hearted titles to pick up! Have a good weekend!!ReplyDelete
Thanks and you as well!Delete
I seen this book but I was last, nah. Even though it sounds like an okay read, I think I'll still pass on this one!ReplyDelete
hmmm sounds interesting Kindlemom, thanks for the review!! and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Debbie and to you as well! :DDelete
It sounds right up my alley, Ali! I liked her other book too so I'm excited to get to this. :)ReplyDelete
I hope you like it too Nick!Delete
This sounds like a very powerful story, Ali, and we do need more of those!ReplyDelete
On a side note, I haven't seen that cover for And I Darken, it's not the one I have. I like the other one better.
Yeah I don't like it as much either. The flower on is much prettier!Delete
Ooh this one looks good. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for stopping by and checking it out! Have a nice weekend!Delete
I haven't read Lauren Gibaldi yet, but she's one of those authors that I keep meaning to check out. This book sound like a great coming of age story!ReplyDelete
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
I was the same way and I really am glad I gave her a chance.Delete
Well this looks like well told bildungroman indeed. Great review!!ReplyDelete
LOL! Thanks Lola, have a nice weekend!Delete
Glad you enjoyed it. Coming of age stories definitely have a place in most peoples hearts. :)ReplyDelete
I agree. :D Have a great weekend Tyler!Delete
That's great that this one was very relatable! I love books like that. I'm glad you enjoyed this. :DReplyDelete
Thanks Erin, me too.Delete
I like the idea of the project! Interesting. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, have a good weekend!Delete
This sounds like a wonderful story filled with firsts. Lovely review AliReplyDelete
It was. ;) Have a good weekend!Delete
Oh I'm a sucker for these kind of books as well. This one looks like it may make my contemp tbr!ReplyDelete
Woo hoo! ;)Delete
Can I just say how much I love the title of this book?? And the cover is pretty AMAZE-BALLS itself! <3 I love coming to age stories because they always have something special to teach, and I feel that young people (well, teens) can really take a lot from stories like these since they're growing up as well! <3ReplyDelete
I couldn't agree more Keionda!Delete
I love a good book about family and coming of age stories. Nick likes this author so that's already a good sign for me :)ReplyDelete
:D I hope you try something of her's and like her too. ;)Delete
I'm looking forward to reading this one myself. I've been drawn to this genre lately.ReplyDelete
I do hope you like it too!Delete
Such a warm recommendation, Ali - it must be quite a story indeed! To tell you the truth I've always had a soft spot for coming-of-age stories, so this appeals to me implicitly. Thanks for an informative review:)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Ramona for your kind words! I really hope you have a fabulous long weekend!Delete
I had not heard of this one, but it sounds like a well written, well told story.ReplyDelete
It was a good one for sure. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by!Delete
This one is new to me. Glad you enjoyed it-sounds like it has a lot of feels in it :)ReplyDelete
It did for sure. ;)Delete
Sounds like a great book for teens. Love a good coming of age story.ReplyDelete
I think it would be great for teens.Delete
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Hopefully, we'll be chatting again in blogland:)ReplyDelete
This makes me think of Sarah Dessen's book, Dreamland. It has a thematic photography angle in it as well, and it definitely got me into artistic photographs as a teen. I'll have to check this one out!ReplyDelete
Oh I haven't read that one yet, I need to read more of her books as well.Delete
Great review! I also usually really love coming of age stories so I'm glad this one was so god!!ReplyDelete
Hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day!
Thank and I hope you are as well!Delete
I love a good coming of age story. Happy you enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much!Delete
Oh gah. The ones that bring the feels like that. Yeah those are good to have.ReplyDelete