A truly unexpected favourite.
I wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy this one going in. I thought it'd be a cute fun read but my god did it get me in the feels. Autoboyography is absolutely a new favourite book. I've been recommending it to everyone.
We follow Tanner a bisexual teen in his last year of high school. Three years ago his family relocated from California to Utah somewhat forcing Tanner back into the closet at his mother's behest. Utah is a highly Mormon state with the area Tanner lives being the veritable epicentre. His mother witnessed firsthand what it can be like for anyone on the LGBTQ spectrum to exist within the Mormon community when her sister was excommunicated for being gay. Tanner's mother then left to support her sister and hasn't had any contact from her family since. Hence her fear. Which is deepened when Tanner ends up head over heels for the golden boy of the Mormon community Sebastian Brother, who happens to be the TA of one of his classes.
There were so many aspects of this story I loved. Firstly, that writing a novel in four months constitutes a class at Tanner's school. Secondly, how that novel became Tanner's outlet for all he was feeling. I've found writing is one of the most cathartic experiences so I completely understood this. Third, how that book remained a constant throughout the story bringing Tanner and Sebastian together.
Whilst sweet this was still such a heartbreaking book. Watching Sebastian grapple with his desire to be with Tanner and his love of the Mormon community and God was truly awful. I just wanted to hug him. I can't imagine how rejecting such strong feelings for someone could be. Whilst Autoboyography was from Tanner's POV it felt like it was about Sebastian's journey of accepting himself, even if that meant others might not.
You wouldn't think that you could create a 400+ page book about a love story like this but I could've read 400 more pages. The plot was brilliant and genuinely made me worry that these two wouldn't end up together. The side characters all played fantastic parts and added so much to the overall story. I think Tanner's Dad might be my favourite character if I'm honest. He's such a genuine guy and just wants Tanner to be happy.
I adored this love story.
Disclaimer: One thing I obviously can't attest to is how the Mormon community is represented in this book. I don't know if it's accurate or not. I will say that whilst there is an attempt to show some of the positives of the community the premise of the story outweighs the positives. Again, I can't say if this is a true representation.
Author(s): Christina Lauren
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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