Is adorable-ness a word? I guess not. Meh, I made it up, just go with it.
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: YA contemporary
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.
This review has been a LONG time coming. I’m very sorry for the wait. I’m trying not to continuously post reviews and the pending reviews just pile up? I read faster than I can review. #sadness
OKAY SO. This book was hella adorable and I really really liked it.
We have Tanner, in the closet (according to society) but open to his family, who completely accept him. Set in Utah, a society consisting mostly of Mormons, Autoboyography is the story of two completely adorable boys exploring their feelings for each other.
Tanner signs up for a class in which the students have to write a novel in 4 short months.* But WAY more exciting is the cute TA of the class—Sebastian Brother. Tanner is instantly in like.
The book is about the relationship between two young boys, one who has himself all figured out and one who is still coming to terms with who he is, in a society which dictates who you are supposed to be.
*THIS IS SUPER HARD?? I tried Camp NaNo once and flaked after 13k words. Unfortunate for y’all because I think my story is pretty nice.
To be honest, the beliefs of Mormons reminded me a teeny bit of Hindus. We aren’t so much into God but the acceptance to LGBTQ is hardly accepted. I felt some kinship to the characters because of that.
I really liked Tanner! He knew who he was and was well grown into it. He had no new revelations but this is the first book I’ve read in which the MC is already comfortable with his sexuality and his love interest is the one struggling. So that was different.
I liked Sebastian as well. He’s outwardly confident and sure but is actually a mess inside because who he is and who he is supposed to be is different.
I got really into the story because I’m not at all familiar with the Mormon beliefs and I was learning something new. Looking through Sebastian and Tanner gave me that insight.
Also, I LOVED Tanner’s family! The pride they had in Tanner and the, sometimes extra, acceptance towards the queer community made me so happy.
I’m NOT a fan of insta-love. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it a hundred times over. That was the only problem I had. The insta-love. One look at Seb and Tanner was IN.
But going past that, the chemistry was clearly seen. I could feel it. The feelings, exploration, hesitance, and the situation was written so well.
I especially loved the ending. That made my heart so happy, I was on a high for the rest of the day.
Definitely recommended to all YA lovers if you can handle insta-love. It was really adorable and made my heart sing because they’re such an adorable otp.