Book Review – Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Title – Autoboyography

Author – Christina Lauren

Genre – Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary, Romance

My Rating – 3/5

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Goodreads LinkThree 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.

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For Pride Month, RivetidLit has uploaded a number of free reads with LGBT Characters. One of these is Autoboyography by the writing duo Christina Lauren. Autoboyography is the story of Tanner, a bisexual teenager who finds himself back in the closet when his family moves to Utah. All he has to do is wait out the end of his senior year and move out of state so he can live his life as he wants, but everything changes when he meets Sebastian Brother, his new Teaching Assistant.

What I liked about this book

  • I simply loved how supportive Tanner’s family was towards him. Not only when it came to him being bisexual, his parents are genuinely, proactively involved in his life and very few books show such positive family relations.
  • I loved the whole novel writing element of the book i.e. where Tanner is writing a book about how his relationship is growing with Sebastian.
  • I genuinely appreciated how much insight it provided to closeted teens, the Mormon church etc.

What I disliked

  • When described as a cross between Fangirl and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I expected an emotional roller coaster but that really didn’t happen because I really found it hard to be invested in the story line.
  • I didn’t like Tanner’s best friend Autumn. The whole story arc with her (no spoilers) was really weird and not at all right.
  • The book was too Insta-lovey for me

Overall, Autoboyography by Christina Lauren gets 3 out of 5 stars from me!

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And that’s all for today! Hope you have a great day! Until next time –

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