I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
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Published by Simon and Schuster Genres: Coming of Age, Dating & Sex, LGBT, Romance, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
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 was NOT expecting this book at all.
Honestly, when I got the email asking me to review it, all I saw was the name Christina Lauren and I was signing up. I went in mostly blind, expecting a light-hearted but fantastic book that I would definitely love. I didn’t understand the depth at which the words would reach my very soul.
Tanner and Sebastian’s story was like nothing I’ve ever read before. This book explored so many new-to-me worlds that I couldn’t help but to cling to every page and soak up every word in hopes of fully grasping on to all the information.
I know that YA isn’t everyone’s cuppa, but this book is exactly why I choose to pick one up every once in a while, even at the ripe old age of 41. There is just something to be said about a good coming of age romance. An exploration of complicated, messy first love. Of falling for someone who is the exact opposite of who you should be falling in love with but it being completely and utterly worth it. To be taken back to a time where things are supposed to be uncomplicated but prove to be anything but.
There was so much of this book that just sucked me in and gave me a whole new perspective on living an authentic life. I adore how confident and sure of himself Tanner is. It’s kind amazing and even makes me a little jealous that he has no doubt in his mind who he is and how we wants to live his best life at such a young age. This is where his parents absolutely blew me away. The way that they were able to parent so perfectly with a blend of understanding, patience and freedom but by also instilling the need to be nurturing of all of the different aspects of his life was inspiring. We need more families that communicate the way that this family does, openly and honestly.
I’m trying to keep my thoughts tidy in this review, but honestly, there is so much about this story that keeps replaying in my head that I’m finding it hard to bundle them up into a nice little package. I actually don’t want to say too much about the story itself because I think this is just one of those books you have to experience for yourself. Expect tears and gut-wrenching heartache for everyone involved but also expect to walk away with a full understanding that love is love is love and a hope that one day soon, everyone else will see it too.
*This will absolutely be a book that I will read again and that I’m passing on to my 17 year-old daughter to read ASAP.
My favorite romances to read are friends to lovers, second chance romance, and lifelong love stories. I read mostly YA, NA and contemporary but I've been known to enjoy a good erotica romance now and again. I enjoy sex in books but it's not required for me to enjoy a story. Too much sex can be worse than none, in my opinion.
I don't really enjoy books with love triangles and/or cheating, and I don't read a lot of paranormal/fantasy or suspense books.
On any given day you'll find me camped out on my couch with my Kindle in one hand, a Mountain Dew in the other, the tv on in the background (Food Network or Hallmark Channel) with one or both of my kids and my husband trying to get me to answer them about when we might eat again.
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