“This book is epic.” —Cosmopolitan
“A hopeful and moving love story.” —Publishers Weekly
Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this “sensitive and complex” (BCCB) 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you liked Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, you’ll love Autoboyography. The bestselling writing duo Christina Lauren unfurl a tender love story in which bisexual California transplant Tanner Scott grapples with his identity in a conservative Utah town. After falling for Mormon golden boy Sebastian Brother, Tanner must navigate religious rules, prejudice, secrecy, and family ties in order to publicly live his truth. Christina Lauren paint the couple’s journey with heart-wrenching nuance—at times touchingly awkward, at times fierce and courageous. This book will strike a chord with anyone who's ever fallen in love or felt they didn’t fit in.
Tanner Scott, 18, relocated to Provo, Utah, from Palo Alto, Calif., three years ago, but he has never quite fit in. Half Jewish, half lapsed Mormon, and 100% bisexual, Tanner is eager to finish his final semester of high school so he can move somewhere more accepting. The only person he'll regret leaving is his best friend Autumn. When she dares him to apply for the Seminar, a specialized writing class where students attempt to write a novel in four months, Tanner agrees. Little does he realize it will dramatically change his life: 19-year-old Sebastian Brother, a local celebrity after his Seminar project was acquired by a major publishing house, shows up to mentor the class and sparks fly. Once again writing as Lauren, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (The House) tackle religion, identity, and sexuality, seamlessly interweaving Tanner's Seminar project, his crush on Sebastian, and the fallout when Sebastian's feelings conflict with his church's expectations of him. A hopeful and moving love story. Ages 14 up.
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Great story !
Christina Lauren have created some of my favorite characters and storylines. I passed this book over because coming of age books aren’t always my favorite but THIS book was great. They did an amazing job with this story and setting.
Brought Me to Tears
I’ve had this book on my shelf for about a year, but never wanted to read it. I picked it up last night, and was shocked at how much I loved it. Tanner and Sebastian’s love for each other was so wholesome, and it had such good moments representing how hard it is for someone to grow up in the LGBT community while being a Mormon. I cried four times, and it really took my breath away. If you’re looking for a book with the most adorable protagonists, a way to see how hard it is to grow up queer (and to then cry about it) or just want two characters to fall in love, then I would recommend to you this book. You won’t regret reading it.