REVIEW: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

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“His smile ruins me.”

Back of the book blurb:

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. 

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781481481687

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My rating:

            I HAVE BEEN SO EXCITED SINCE I LEARNED THAT AUTOBOYOGRAPHY WAS GOING TO BE A THING. Christina Lauren are in my top five favorite authors (don’t ask me who number one is…) and when I learned that they were releasing a YA romance with a bisexual male protagonist, well, let’s just say that I screamed. Very loudly. Christina Lauren always makes falling in love so fun!

“I don’t actually care if you break my heart, Sebastian. I went into this knowing it could happen and I gave it to you anyway. But I don’t want you to break your own. You have so much space in your heart for your church, but does it have space for you?”

            Basically, Tanner signs up for a prestigious writing Seminar that his best friend, Autumn, convinced him to sign up for. And the class has a special mentor—Sebastian Brother! He’s last year’s Seminar prodigy who now has a very popular book published. Tanner lives in a very Mormon town and the citizens are very intolerant of “the others.” So, when Tanner and Sebastian make eye contact for the first time and a flash of white hot electricity shoots between them, Tanner knows he’s in for some serious heartbreak.

            And trust me… you’ll be in for some heartbreak, too. With how brilliantly Christina Lauren writes, you’ll experience Tanner’s journey as if you were right there with him. Tanner has to go through so much and you will be rooting for him the entire time. Tanner is extremely lovable and to experience so many firsts and to ride this ride we call life with him was truly an honor.

“He pauses, and I know what’s coming before he even says it, and it’s like the sun chose this moment to press through the dense branches of the tree. “I’m totally gay.” 

            Autoboyography is so… right especially during these times of intolerance and hate. The representation in Autoboyography is absolutely incredible. Bisexual visibility is so important and the way Christina Lauren present Tanner as a bisexual male is so amazing. They address important questions and hopefully raise awareness that bisexuality is real. It’s not fake… bisexual individuals aren’t greedy or just can’t pick a side. It was just amazing and perfect and beautiful.

“The feeling makes me uneasy, a dramatic lurch that tells me I need to have him or I won’t be okay.”

            The chemistry between Tanner and Sebastian was out of this world. Christina Lauren, like I’ve always said, are just masters at romance. And they seriously make falling in love so fun. They always have such an incredible balance of angst and fluff. And with Tanner and Sebastian, you get all of that times ten.

            Autoboyography is so important and filled with first loves, first heartbreaks, and true friendship. Definitely pick this one up.

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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