Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 12th, 2017
Genres: LGBTQ Romance, Young Adult
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.
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.
Autoboyography is the story that is everything I didn’t know I wanted. I wasn’t in a book funk by any means, but within a few chapters, as I got to know Tanner, Autumn, and Sebastian, I felt like I’d stumbled upon greatness. This is one amazing story and this writing duo took turned the LBGTQ YA genre on it’s ear. This is a smart, touching, and funny and I just can’t stop gushing about it. I’m telling everyone about this story, about how it’s a beautiful read about a young man falling in love, finding the person he is and the person he’s meant for.
What makes this story so poignant is the authors ability to convey feelings. The plot and the characters are so well thought out. Everything clicks. Seemingly minuscule details create an atmosphere of yearning and dashed hopes, certainty and confusion. Told from Tanner’s POV, we are immersed in his school and family. I immediately loved the Scott family dynamics. These are my kind of people. Tanner has been surrounded by love and acceptance which gives him a unique perspective and makes him an engaging character. I love being in his head. While Tanner is writing about his experience falling for Sebastian, it’s his relationships with best friend Autumn, his family and himself, that shows us who Tanner is. He’s careful by necessity but a risk taker all the same. With romantic love, he believes that it’s not about the body parts, but it’s about the person. And his person is Sebastian.
Sebastian at his best is utterly delightful and honestly, he’s never a bad person. I could see why everyone was in love with him and the connection he and Tanner share is pretty epic: “Something is happening between us. Something has been happening between us since our eyes met on the first day of class. “. For Sebastian though, he’s hindered by his life path, by his family’s expectations and unfortunately he endures rejection and inflicts his own.
There’s so much about this story to love. I’m probably head over heals for it because many of the sentiments reflect what I believe. As a love story Autoboyography is a glorious story about two souls recognizing each other, that kind of BIG love that eludes many. As a commentary on sexuality and acceptance, Autoboyography is thoughtful and admirable. This is simply one of my favorite books ever and a book I’ll read again. That is a criteria for a 6 star read and a true testament to a storytelling skill of the dynamic duo Christina Lauren.
“It’s just one guy’s story, the lamest autobiography ever of falling in love. Love fails for a million reasons— distance, infidelity, pride, religion, money, illness. Why is this story any more worthy?”
“It’s about the person , not what I can do with them.” I take his hand , linking my fingers with his. “It’s not my choice. No more than it is for you.”
“My opinion?” I say carefully. “A God worthy of your eternal love wouldn’t judge you for who you love while you’re here.”
“He’s gay; he didn’t die. Nobody is wounded. I know Sebastian’s parents are good people, but holy hell, they just inadvertently made their own son feel like there’s something about him that needs to be fixed. So much for acceptance. So much for welcoming.”
“I’m the one you make that kind of mistake with. That person is me.”
~Review by Cyndi