“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.)
Validating, rapidly page-turning
I grew up a queer kid in a non-accepting Christian household. It wasn’t Mormonism, but it was close. Sebastian’s character is one that I resonated with so much it made me cheer, cry, and gave me anxiety as I swiped through each page. I also see myself in Tanner. It’s such a validating book. The experience of reading it is one I’ll cherish
this book had me invested from the beginning. the author created the perfect love story. lauren really showed that pros and cons of being in a Igbtq+ relationship while also battling religion. the characters are really likeable. touching. captivating. heartfelt. this is a must read for and romance lover!!!