Autoboyography Review

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Paperback, 407 Pages
YA/ Contemporary/ LGBT
By: Christina Lauren
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 1/4 Stars

โ€œThis is how we reveal ourselves: these tiny flashes of discomfort, the reactions we canโ€™t hide.โ€

Earlier this year, I read The Unhoneymooners by the same authors of this book and I really liked it. I decided that I would be reading more of their books soon and I incidentally did it. I BR this book with a friend because I thought it had a good synopsis and cover. I ended up enjoying it as much as I wanted and maybe even a bit more. Let;s just take a moment to appreciate the simplistic yet very smart cover and title!

There is always a kind of criticism toward white women writing LGBT books and characters and I think there is some truth to that criticism because some authors want to do that to sound diverse to get more money, not giving a damn about the representation or the readers who will get the book. I really did not feel this while reading this book. I felt the exact opposite, that the authors did a great job researching the characters and that they wanted to provide something great for the readers and the LGBT community and I think they did that.

The prose is simple and yet catchy. I think it is the kind of books that you can fly through as a reader and appreciate the writing at the same time. I did expect to like the writing as I enjoyed it in The Unhoneymooners. I am not surprised because the authors are experienced and know what they are doing!

โ€œBut this is your life, and it will stretch out before you, and you are the only person who can make it whatever you want it to be.โ€

The story is about Tanner and Sebastian who meets in a writing class lead by Sebastian. Tanner is bisexual and kind of out but not in the new town he moved to. Sebastian is gay but he is from a Mormon family and the story unfolds from there. I just enjoyed the mix of sexuality and religious together because not many authors are courageous enough to venture into that territory. I think I read this book in the perfect time because I am always thinking about this Religion/ Sexuality stuff and questioning what is wrong and what is not. I do not have a final answer but I can say that the book helped me find some answers to thoughts I had.

โ€œTo think that God loves the trees, but condemns that blossoming thing they do in the spring.โ€

Summary: I read this book at a perfect time and that’s why I loved it. I am usually a fantasy reader but sometimes a contemporary story can make me feel a roller coaster of emotions which this book did. I loved Tanner and Sebastian and reading about them gave me so many feelings, I loved the parents and the presentations and diversity which felt genuine and not forced. I loved all the research put into this book as I read in the acknowledgment part. I know it is a cute book but that does not make it any less powerful or important. I think I will be reading more of the authors works for sure now and my friend already gave me another recommendation!

3 Comments

  1. I’m so glad to hear you loved this one! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s one of my favourites too and it had my crying at some parts. T_T Really a great book! To me it also felt like the authors did a lot of research and knew exactly what they were writing about, which is always a plus. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great review!

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