Hello my lovelies 🙂 Today, I’m reviewing Autoboyography by writing duo Christina Lauren. I’d always heard great things about this book – and my own opinion is not going to be any different! This is a new favourite of mine.
What the book is about…
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.
What I thought of it…
Oh my heart, this book. This was the most adorable thing I have ever read; I had so many feelings upon finishing this story.
Right from the outset, I knew I was going to love Autoboyography. It opens with some amazing banter that felt very realistic, and introduces one of the best friendships in any book I’ve ever read. Tanner and Autumn have the most special relationship and it was truly heart-warming to read about.
Tanner is a fantastic protagonist; he is completely adorable and so freaking awkward, I love him. I ship him and Sebastian more than I’ve ever shipped anyone in my life. Their blossoming romance is so sweet and heartfelt. And I have to say, this book has one of the hottest first kiss scenes EVER.
It’s not all cute fluff though. This book handles the very serious matter of religion and sexuality in a tactful and respectful way. Sebastian’s struggle felt so real. It broke my heart to think of all the kids and young people out there who feel they have to hide who they are because they don’t have a strong support system around them; I genuinely want to hand this book out to every scared teenager and have them treat it as a life manual because its message is truly wonderful.
In saying that, I’m so glad that the authors gave Tanner an awesome supportive family. It made my heart so full to read. But, at the same time, that only increased the pain of seeing Sebastian UNsupported. I was emoting everywhere. There was a lot of sadness but also so much joy and hope. I was laughing with tears in my eyes.
I really do urge everyone to read this book. As well as being a beautifully-written story, it has such a positive and uplifting message. I truly believe this book could help so many people. I will forever adore it.
Have you read this one? Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts! x