Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.

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.

ellie's $0.02:

Wow.  Can you wrap religion, teenage years, and LGBT storylines all into one magnificent story?  Yeah, most can't.  But Christina Lauren CAN.

This was a shockingly deep and powerful tale juggling all kinds of controversy and handling it in a very well told and laid out story.  Don't get me wrong, we do have a layer of humor in there and the voice of the story is perfect.  (I mean, I guess the "voice" is your own as you read it, but you get what I mean.). 

The tone is welcoming even if with the topic of religion vs. LGBT life.  The book is welcoming.  The story is welcoming.  The characters feel real.  And the topics... let's face it... are very real.

Love is love.  

And I loved this book.

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