This is how we reveal ourselves: these tiny flashes of discomfort, the reactions we can’t hide
Normally I don’t like romance novels, but Autoboyography pulled me in because it was about a boy in a writing class. I did like it in the end.
Book Review: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Title & Author: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release date: September 12 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books
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.
I give Autoboyography by Christina Lauren four out of five hearts because it was a very touching story and it gave me a new view on a few things I had no knowledge about.
To be honest I did find it very sweet and how fast Tanner falls for Sebastian is (in my eyes) odd. But it is very well written. I really liked the problems the Mormon community causes for the story. I have know knowledge about the Mormons and was very interested in this aspect of Autoboyography.
Tanner is an out and proud gay, but he struggles with being back in the closet. It is interesting to see what this does to him and I thought it was very realistically presented. He is a cute boy and a great student. When he in the end decides to rather give up his good grades in exchange to not delivering his novel to his teacher my mouth fell open. It felt so personal and vulnerable.
Sebastian is a confused boy. His religion keeps him stuck and during most of the book he actually let it happen. I can’t imagine the inner struggle that would cause.
Overall I think Autoboyography is super cute and an easy read. The language used it easy to digest and with Tanner’s relaxed approach to school compared to Autumn’s is great. The two have a great connection and when Sebastian comes into their lives it becomes even more fun.
Even when you don’t like romance novels Autoboyography might still be a good read for you. But you will have to read through all the sweet bits.
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