Monday, May 14, 2018

Autoboyography - Two teen guys from different worlds (one liberal and progressive, one conservative and religious) fall in love in a High School writing class

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

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.

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1 comment:

Jen E. said...

I just reviewed this one on my blog a couple weeks ago, so I am copying and pasting from my own review:

Autoboyography was kind of a tough book for me to read. I enjoyed the story but reading it gave me a nervous stomachache. All I wanted to do is sympathetically say to Tanner Oh honey, this will not end well. Sebastian is going to break your heart. Tanner's parents agreed with me and also warned him.

For the writing seminar, each student has to write a book, and Sebastian, who took the class the year before, is working as a TA because his book is getting published. Tanner begins writing the story of Sebastian and him, but I didn't even realize this was a book-within-a-book until the point-of-view abruptly changes near the end of the book, which really annoyed me--I dislike sudden POV changes.

Sebastian's struggle made me feel very sad and, I was scared that he was going to become one of the Mormon Lost Boys (even though he didn't belong to a fundamentalist group). Tanner does in his a monumentally stupid thing while he is upset about Sebastian, but he owns up to it and apologizes, which is a lot more than many seventeen-year-old boys would do. The book's ending is slightly unrealistic, but I don't care because it makes my stomach hurt less.

This is an excellent book, but religious struggle stories make me feel so sad, but also angry: angry that these types of stories STILL happen in real life. Religions should be loving and accepting FULL STOP. Love is love.