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Publisher Description

“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.

Young Adult
September 12
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Grades 9 and Above

Customer Reviews

M.Angel.S. ,

Autoboyography review

This book is easily a favorite. It has shown me so much and I just instantly fell in love! Would definitely recommend to anyone who is into romance, comedy, or is struggling with coming out. Once again, great book! I love it!!!

srostar ,

Autoboyography explores the challenges of two young men as they fall in love.

*This review was originally posted to my blog, {Books She Reads}.

Autoboyography explores the challenges of two young men as they fall in love. One family is loving and accepting of their bi-sexual son, while the other is a devout Mormon family that accepts no relationship beyond that of a man and woman, no exceptions. The entire time I read about Tanner and Sebastian growing closer together, I was waiting for it to all fall apart. I knew it was coming; it was only a matter of when.

Tanner and Sebastian are opposites in many ways, setting them up for failure right from the start. Sebastian is the son of a Mormon bishop, and Tanner has a mother who slides gay pride postcards into his pillowcase as often as possible. Tanner is confident in who he is and can’t wait to leave the small-minded Mormon town and take on college, proudly bi-sexual. Sebastian has his future mapped out for him with his Mormon mission and his expected place in the church; he must hide who he is or risk losing everything he has.

While Sebastian is not the main POV character of the novel, it was him that I found myself connected to the most. Truthfully, I didn’t even like Tanner for like half of the book. Tanner’s attraction towards Sebastian is strictly physical and a bit concerning.

“I need to have him or I won’t be okay.”

Blah! Tanner is referring to Sebastian like he is a limited edition collector’s item. Sebastian is a PERSON, not an object. Tanner cannot HAVE Sebastian. At this point in the book, Tanner doesn’t even know Sebastian, he only knows OF Sebastian. It gets worse when Tanner becomes an internet stalker, downloading pictures of Sebastian he finds on the internet to create his “Spank Bank folder”.

“I’m ready to start the Sebastian Brother Spank Bank folder.”

Ugh!…again…Sebastian is a person who should not be objectified and stalked online to obtain photos of him. I don’t find this mindset flattering at all, and these two moments happen before page fifty. So yeah, not the best first impression of Tanner.

The author spends a significant amount of ink on explaining the LDS church’s belief in same-sex relations and the extremes that were/are used to “fix” those who were attracted to the same sex. Most of the opinions are negative, and the words “Mormon” and “LDS” are used with negative intonation. Most of these explanations occur within the first 100 pages of the book, and it felt a little strong and negative. I became a bit turned off to the novel with all the “LDS is bad” talk. In hindsight, I understand why the author spent the first 1/4 of the book explaining the LDS church; it puts into perspective the inner battle of Sebastian and why he must be so careful in secretly pursuing a same-sex relationship.

Tanner’s parents are supportive and accepting of his sexuality. However, every parent worries about matters of the heart for their child and Tanner’s mom is well versed in the strict mindset of the LDS church. Tanner’s parents express understandable fear for their son and what might happen if others knew of the relationship between Tanner and Sebastian, and the effects of having to keep his relationship with Sebastian a secret.

My heart broke for Sebastian over and over again. His love and admiration are divided between his parents, church and Tanner; with two forbidding the one. Falling in love shouldn’t be this painful, Sebastian shouldn’t have to risk losing his family to follow his heart.

Chandan811 ,

Best book of Christina Lauren!!!!!

I am a huge fan of Christina Lauren . I read most of their books. But this book is something else. So emotional.....so much love and passion. You have to fall in love with Sebastian and tanner either you are gay or not. It is book of trust.....self realisation and much more. I am a mother of 2 kids. This book teaches us to love our child even you are not happy with their decision in life. Please support all your kids who are different than you. Don’t leave them alone . I highly recommend this book not only for teens and also for the parents who have teen kids.

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