autoboyography christina lauren book review

Autoboyography, Christina Lauren: Book Review

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers / Christina Lauren
Autoboyography Book Cover Autoboyography
Christina Lauren
Young Adult
Simon & Schuster
2017
Hardcover
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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.

This review contains quotes from the book.

*Special thanks to Simon & Schuster and LEO PR for allowing us to read Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography.

Christina Lauren‘s Autoboyography tells the story of two boys who fall in, but one is from a very religious family and the other a more modern family.

Tanner Scott, three years ago, moved from sunny California to Utah, which meant he had to go back into the “closet.” His goal is to go through his last semester of college and get the heck out of Utah. But when he joins the Seminar at his school, he starts to look at Sebastian Brother. Sebastian is a prodigy to the seminar class because he has already been there and sold a book. Now he has come back to advise the class. In the meanwhile, Tanner has fallen head over heels in love with him.

“My thoughts about Sebastian are a runaway train: The engineer is gone and the engine is basically on fire. My attraction is beyond control.”

– excerpt from Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography

Tanner and Sebastian start to have an intense, secret relationship outside of the classroom. Tanner started to write about his relationship with the seminar book, but he realizes that he couldn’t possibly share this with everyone. But through their relationship, Tanner helps Sebastian navigate what it means to be in love and be raised in a Mormon family.

“A weak voice tries to reach me from the back of the crowded room in my head: He’s Mormon. This is doomed! Pull back. Pull back!”

– excerpt from Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography 

I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a well-written LGBTQ novel. I loved the development of Tanner and Sebastian’s relationship. But I also like how Christina Lauren was able to go into what being gay means in a religious aspect. It isn’t easy, but Sebastian is such a strong character and it is nice to see his character grow into the person he has always wanted to be.

I love the ups and downs they share as a couple because it shows that everyone has these struggles and that’s okay. Tanner and Sebastian are a real couple, who love each other and would do anything for the other. It is nice to see because when you love someone, time just stops. I hope everyone goes and picks this one out! I loved every minute of it and I would read it again just to see Tanner and Sebastian’s relationship.

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Jessica Duffield
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