AUTOBOYOGRAPHY BY CHRISTINA LAUREN
Genre: Young Adult, lgbt
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4.24 stars
Summary: 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.
Tanner is a half jewish queer boy from a big city living in a LDS community. His very best friend Autumn dares him to join a seminar where they’ll write a book in four months, he accepts but as he does he meets the TA and falls for him hard, it wouldn’t be a problem it weren’t because Sebastian (the TA) is a mormon prodigy boy, son of the bishop of the community. Is it mutual? Is it not? Read further to know how this story develops.
I don’t know where to start with this book. A lot of people I know and follow loved it so much they can’t even.
I started reading t without reading the sumary of the book and was completely surprised by its premise. I never read about the mormon community in my life. I know one or two in real life and know people non mormon living in Utah, but it striked me as a very interesting idea.
It didn’t last long though. The more i got into the book the more i got tired of it. Not because of the writing, but because of the characters. I didn’t like them much and though i was very curious if it ended well or in a heartbreak i couldn’t go through it for a long time.
The story flows very well, but it isn’t an easy read as you see both anner and Sebastian struggling so much with what is going on with them. I felt very bad for Sebastian a lot of times through the book.
It got me curious about how it plays out in different cultures and religions, how much people for the LGBT+ community suffer in different places. I know a few ex religious people who got out or were cut off their communities because of their sexuality and i feel like the book didn’t show it enough.
Sure, Sebastian was most of the time so further in the closet he almost got to Narnia, but i fel the family wasn’t showed enough to get the idea of how this kinds of communities get the homosexuality.
Overall, it was a good read. I won’t complain about it much. I liked the characters enough to actually finish the book, and pretty much enjoy it.
I don’t know to whom would i recommend it if i did. I guess we’ll see that in the future, but to me it was personally recommended.
I give it 3.75 stars, rounded it up to 4 in Goodreads.
By the way the cover is just gorgous and that’s why i bought it. It looks very pretty in my shelf.
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