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5 Reasons Christina Lauren Are BFF Goals

by | July 4

National Best Friends Day was on June 8th, but I think we should celebrate our friends every day! In honor of that, I’m taking a look at two of my favorite BFFsChristina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, aka New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren! Here are five reasons Christina Lauren are absolute BFF goals!

#1 They (literally) finish each other’s sentences

Christina and Lauren have been writing partners since 2009, collaborating on over twenty novels together! Their style is totally seamless—you can’t tell who wrote which parts because they just flow together so well! If that’s not synchronicity, I don’t know what is.

#2 They know the importance of honesty

In this BuzzFeed article, they talk about leaving ego at the door when they’re collaborating. Like true besties, they know that honesty is the best policy—so if there’s something that’s not working, they have to talk it out.

#3 They met online

Christina and Lauren went from online friends, trading fan fiction back and forth, to collaborators. But their close friendship shows that internet friendships can be as real and important as the friends you see every day!

#4 They embrace their differences

If you follow their individual Twitter accounts, (@lolashoes) and (@seeCwrite), you’ll see how unique their hobbies and interests are. It even comes through on their joint Twitter! But like true besties, they know what makes them different is the best part. As they recently joked—“You can always tell who’s tweeting because Lo tweets sports and C tweets K-pop.”

#5 They encourage each other to push the envelope

It’s so easy for writers—especially those with so many books—to tell similar stories every time. But not Christina Lauren! They do everything, from steamy romance like Dating You/Hating You and Beautiful Bastard, to sweet romantic comedies like Roomies and the upcoming Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. They even tackle YA, including the recent adorable LBGT romance Autoboyography. A true friend is one who encourages you to chase your inspiration!

Dating You / Hating You

Dating You / Hating You

by Christina Lauren
Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire. But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they...
Beautiful Bastard

Beautiful Bastard

by Christina Lauren

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

Roomies

Roomies

by Christina Lauren

From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively readable as in New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren’s (Beautiful Bastard, Dating You / Hating You) new romance.Marriages of convenience are so...inconvenient. For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions. Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago. Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

by Christina Lauren
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun. Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them...right?
Autoboyography

Autoboyography

by Christina Lauren
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.
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Casey is a former subsidiary rights assistant for Simon & Schuster Children's Books. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and attended Emerson College in Boston, MA. Lately she's been really into romantic comedies, but she's always a sucker for a good dystopia or thriller. Outside of reading and writing, she also enjoys long, aimless walks through the city, listening to podcasts, petting dogs, and drinking what could be considered an unhealthy amount of coffee.