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.
Published September 12th 2017 by Simon Schuster Audio
Five Stars: A beautifully written book that explores a forbidden romance. This book is full of heart, a must read.
Tanner is almost through his senior year of high school at Provo High. In a few months, he will be headed to college, finally free of the conservative Mormon society he has been immersed in for the last few years. Tanner is lucky to have a supportive and loving family and a terrific best friend, Autumn Summer. Autumn convinces Tanner to take the prestigious Seminar class, in which the goal is to write a book in four months. Reluctantly, Tanner agrees to take the class. Everything changes when Sebastian Brother, a Mormon prodigy who graduated last year, shows up as a teaching assistant. From the moment Tanner locks eyes on Sebastian, he is hopelessly lost. In a month, Tanner has fallen head over heels in love with Sebastian, a boy who could never reciprocate his love because it is forbidden by his church. Will Tanner end up with a broken heart?
What I Loved:
- Autoboyography is a beautifully written book that I fiercely loved. This is so much more than a forbidden romance. It is a coming of age book, an exploration of sexuality, faith, religion and self identity. It is a book with tremendous heart and courage. There is so much to love about this book.....read it.
- Everyone has preconceived notions when it comes to Mormons. I have a different perspective as I grew up in a Mormon community, and I used to be one until I was thirteen. I found this book to be completely accurate when it came to depicting the Mormon church. I thought the authors did an excellent job of exploring the values of the Mormons, their beliefs, their lifestyle and their commitment to their religion. They manage to tiptoe that fine line perfectly. They try and keep everything true and positive. They share the beneficial aspects of the church, and the more controversial beliefs, such as the Mormon Church’s stance on homosexuality. This is a well thought out, accurate and informative book.
- The romance is perfection. I love how you go through the butterfly feelings of a blossoming crush, the intense highs of falling in love and all the tangled emotions that come with a forbidden romance. I loved it!
- One of the highlights of the book for me was the strong supportive network that Tanner had. He has a wonderful, supportive family. Both of his parents are constantly involved in his life, and completely behind him when it comes to his sexuality. They are so refreshing and amazing. Loved them.
- Another terrific part of this book is the best friend relationship between Tanner and Autumn. I loved their friendship, and how they managed to work through their stumbling blocks.
- I loved the themes in this book. It is so much more than a forbidden romance. This is a book about sexual and self identity, family and friends, love, forgiveness and religion. It is a thought provoking book that will linger with you long after you finish.
- The ending is sweet and satisfying, though I wanted more. Still it ends in a good spot, and it left me happy.
- I listened to the audiobook version of the book narrated by Deacon Lee. Mr. Lee does an amazing job with all the characters.
And The Not So Much:
- Finally in the latter portion of the book, you get Sebastian's perspective. I enjoyed hearing from Sebastian, but I was disappointed that I didn’t get more. Sebastian’s voice is more interesting because he is the one dealing with immense pressure and internal conflict, I wanted so much more from him.
- Even though I liked the positive ending, it was too open ended for me. I wanted more, perhaps an Epilogue to show what happened to Sebastian. What happened with his family? His church?
Autoboyography is a must read book. This is a beautifully written book. I loved the exploration of the Mormon church and community, the themes on sexuality and self identity, and the strong focus on family and friends. The romance is outstanding. I loved this book. Read it!
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
A big thank you to Nick@Nick and Nereyda's Infinite Book List for recommending this book to me.