Author: Christina Lauren
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+
My rating: 5 stars
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.
Last Saturday, I found myself at the middle of a bookstore trying to take advantage of their ongoing sale. And as I looked for books, I came across a hardcover copy of Autoboyography! I first read it last December (in paperback), and finding a hardcover just made me want to read it all over again. So I did!
This is my second time reading this amazing book, and wow I am still so in love with it.
So now I’m writing this review because I only published one on Goodreads the first time I read it haha!
The point of view is seriously amazing (and perhaps my favorite aspect of the book). It can go from sassy and comedic to sad and heartbreaking the next minute, and then it can also be very serious and philosophical in other moments. The voice and the tone is just so honest and raw and so real. Perhaps this is why I really like Tanner so much, because the way his voice and his thoughts are portrayed in the book is just so enthralling and makes me feel a hundred of emotions all at the same time.
“Love fails for a million reasons – distance, infidelity, pride, religion, money, illness. Why is this story any more worthy?
It felt like it was. It felt important. Living in this town is suffocating in so many ways.
But if a tree falls in the woods, maybe it makes no sound.
And if a boy falls for the bishop’s closeted son, maybe it makes no story.”
I also applaud the authors and their writing style because it can really hook you! I love the way they use metaphors. It makes Tanner’s point of view more funny and more heartfelt at the same time.
“Light bursts behind my closed eyes, so intensely I nearly hear the popping sound. It’s my brain melting, or my world ending, or maybe we’ve just been hit by a meteor and this is the rapture and I’m given one last perfect moment before I’m sent to purgatory and he;s sent somewhere much, much better.
It isn’t his first kiss—I know that—but it’s his first real one.”
There were also certain lines that got to me! Some of them deep and philosophical, and just some of them just simple, yet brilliantly written that I can’t help but feel awe every time I read them. I don’t know how the authors do it, but I am so hooked at these little lines!
“My brain is such a traitorous beast.”
I love how this book is not just about sexuality and religion (I love the way it tackled religion by the way, it was educational for me and not degrading or insulting in any way), it’s also about family and friendship. It has the right amount of comedy, drama, philosophy, and just life in general. I also love how I got to see wholesome relationships between family and friends! It was truly touching!
The alternating third person point of view between Tanner and Sebastian at the end was amazing as well! I loved seeing that perspective from Sebastian, that I got see and feel his side of the story. That was brilliant! And then it’s back to Tanner at the last chapter and it was just SO, SO GOOD. It was a fitting ending to a brilliant story!
All in all, this story is really good. And I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.
So that’s an amazing reread! I feel so alive after reading that book! Truly amazing. How about you, have you read this book? What did you think? Tell me in the comments below!