Review: "Autoboygraphy" by Christina Lauren

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

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.



I never expected a YA contemporary to be so sweet and yearning! "Autoboyography" focuses not only on the growing story of Tanner and Sebastian but also in the matter of religion and how sometimes, religion becomes a part of your life, to the point of stifling your true self.

Tanner was hilarious; he tries to see his life through an easy route even if it means that he can't express himself. His family is very supportive, despite that his parents tell him that in order to fit into the new school he has to hide the fact that he is gay.

Controversial to my opinion, but after reading the book I understood that his parents acted that way because they feared for Tanner's well-being.
Sebastian was a sweetie! He was cute, shy and beautiful! I couldn't help but root for him, as he tried to manoeuvre his family life and the expectations they had from him. When close to the ending we have his own POV, that broke my heart.

This book was a nice surprise from the writing duo and I wouldn't mind if they wrote more YA like this one!

About the author:

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 fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 31+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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