Incredibly touching and emotionally complex!!!
by Christina Lauren
I really enjoyed this audiobook. As with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli I was captivated from the very first moment. I’ve been lucky lately by picking audiobooks that were fundamentally different and unique in their approach, plot and characters.
I believe I read one or two books by Christina Lauren so far but none spoke to me in such profound way as Autoboyography did. Honestly, this book deserves an award for an amazingly crafted plot.
Think about it..
A half jewish, half mormon bi-sexual boy falls in love with his mormon writing TA, who is the son of a mormon bishop – it couldn’t have been any more intensely complex. From the very beginning the emotional tension and the forbidden attraction between Tanner and Sebastian jumped off the pages. It simmered and was palpable in each sentence, paragraph and chapter. Tanner’s thoughts were heartbreakingly real, heart-felt and deeply touching. His thoughts and his feelings towards Sebastian had me sighing and rooting for the couple like crazy. What a genius idea to put two characters with such profoundly different backgrounds on a path of no return .
One family extremely supportive – the other rooted deeply in a religious belief system that doesn’t’ allow homosexuality.
I was prepared for heart-break. I girded my loins and hoped for the best. Surprisingly – and that’s another reason to applaud the author – I LOVED it all. It was emotional but also not over the top. It was REAL, heart-felt, and fantastically touching.
I thought that Autoboyography was incredibly well written and deserves to be read. It was equally romantic and emotionally touching, as well as real and authentic.
For me, what made this book stand out above anything else was the clash between Tanner’s liberal upbringing in California and Sebastian’s mormon background. Sebastian’s journey, even though we didn’t get his POV until very late in the book was the more profound one. I can NOT imagine how it must feel for someone who is realizing that his attraction towards the same sex is forbidden by his believe, family, community. His struggle to find himself after meeting Tanner broke my heart.
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.