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Autoboyography

Autoboyography
Christina Lauren
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley, Library

From Goodreads:
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.


I loved how Autoboyography represented the LGBTQIA community. However, I was not a fan of how the format changed in the last part of the book. A majority of Autoboyography was told in chapters from the same perspective. For the last three or so chapters, it switch perspectives back and forth. In spite of the literary whiplash that I got from the change, I liked the ending. Overall, it wasn’t perfect but I liked it.

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