Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

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.

4 Self Worth stars

Remember high school? Remember crushing on that guy who you think is unattainable? Well, imagine being a bisexual guy, in love with another guy in a Mormon predominate area. Yeah, high school can be tough.

Autoboyography is a YA M/M book. It’s a book that isn’t something I can relate to, but I can relate to the mom. It’s a heart-warming tale about finding love and dealing with obstacles that surround it.
I love the cover and the premise of Autoboyography. I love the main character Tanner. He’s sweet, adorable and his intentions of pure. This book is about Tanner and has a crush on Sebastian, the only thing is, Sebastian is Mormon.

If you know anything about the Mormon cultural (and let’s be honest, I don’t, the only thing I know is what I learned from the Musical Book of Mormon, so I know nothing) they believe marriage is between a man and woman. What made this book so enjoyable was all the research that went into it. I felt like the author was doing justice to the Mormon cultural and the plot and storyline was very well thought out.

Autoboyography was a bit slow in the beginning, but you get a feel of the characters. Tanner has a best friend, Autumn, Tanner has supportive parents and Tanner is bisexual. He doesn’t question his sexuality, but he understands in the state he lives in currently makes it hard for a teen to be out in that way. It’s not a complex to him, until he starts to have the feels for Sebastian.

I liked Sebastian. I found his character compliments Tanner well. You don’t know if he is truly into Tanner, so they forge a friendship and that little mystery adds something to the book.

Like I said, it’s a YA book that is MM, so I can’t relate, but I related to the mom. I felt like I was Tanner’s mom. I would be the supportive parent that would praise my child and try to help him navigate through a tough time for a teenager.

There are some parts that drag a bit, but overall, Autoboyography was worth a read. I read it in one sitting and I have the hardback copy too (it’s hard for me to read hardback books with two little kids).
If you are looking for something written really well, a little different and super adorable, then Autoboyography is for you. 

An ARC was provided

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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced ten New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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