How to Repair a Mechanical Heart

How to Repair a Mechanical Heart

by J.C. Lillis

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The summer after high school graduation, two cute and snarky boys hit the road in an RV. Their mission: follow the traveling fan convention for Castaway Planet, the cult sci-fi show they’re both obsessed with.

BRANDON irons his t-shirts, loves the dapper and reserved Castaway android Sim, and hides his pesky Catholic guilt from his out-and-proud roadtrip partner, Abel.

ABEL collects funny belt buckles, loves Castaway's brave and dashing Captain Cadmus, has a hot boyfriend with a phoenix tattoo, and has nothing to hide — except his epic crush on Brandon.

During their six-week cross-country adventure, Brandon and Abel post new entries on their Castaway Planet fan vlog, spar with an online community of slash fiction writers, meet their TV idols, play with their action figures, uncover big secrets, and maybe possibly fall in love. Can two fanboys face down their obstacles and write themselves a real-life romance — or is fiction the only thing bringing them together?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015978940
Publisher: J.C. Lillis
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 237,686
File size: 955 KB

About the Author

J.C. Lillis is a serial fangirl, thrift-store enthusiast, pop-culture junkie, and Catholic school survivor. She writes with both feet off the ground at all times. She blogs at; stop by and say hello!

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How to Repair a Mechanical Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for entertaining my sifi love!
NikGodwin More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book, I was so super excited to see another self-pub YA M/M romance. This was before I'd published my own, and to see the success of this one gave me hope. I immediately purchased it, started to read it, and then hesitated because I've never been a fan of things such as Star Wars or Star Trek. For too long, I let it keep me from reading this amazing book because I thought I'd get lost in the whole "sci-fi series fandom" aspect. But do not let that scare you away! The fictional series of Castaway Planet is super easy to follow, even for non-space people like me. The fandom was handled so realistically and perfectly. It clearly showed the excitement, anticipation, and depth of obsessions within fandoms, as well as the drama, the disappointments, and downfalls. Anyone who has ever been part of a fandom - whether books, tv, music, movies, etc. - can relate to this! There's a road trip, vlog entries, witty banter, cute flirting, and awesome friendships within the pages. However, it also delves deeper as Brandon comes to terms with his sexuality and Catholic upbringing. There's a fine line when discussing religion in LGBT books, but J.C. Lillis handled this beautifully and with grace. The differences in Brandon's and Abel's personalities shined, but their common connections shined brighter, and relationship played out realistically yet beautifully. This is one I definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fun YA romance, LGBT or not. It's one I plan to re-read in the future!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book itself was incredibly relatable, hilarious and moing. I dont believe i've read such arefreshingly fun book in my life. I highly reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charming, funny, touching road trip YA coming of age romance with wickedly sharp insights into the fandom community
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