Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: Young Adult: Contemporary
Publication Date: September 12th 2017
My Rating: 5/5 stars
“His smile ruins me.” – Autoboypgraphy, Christina Lauren
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 honour 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 absolutely adore this book. It was such a cute read and if it weren’t for Anisha (Sprinkled Pages) recommending it to, it would’ve taken me a lot longer to pick this up. At first, I was a bit iffy about this book because the synopsis didn’t draw me in too much and I didn’t know anything about the Mormon religion and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
In all honestly, I hadn’t heard of the Mormon religion until this book, and I’m glad I picked this book up because it gave me a little more insight into their religion. I feel like other religions, aside from Christianity, should be depicted in novels more often because it’ll help spread awareness that a particular religion exists and it could also break down stereotypes and stigmas about the religion. I haven’t read too many books with a huge focus on religion, so this is new to me and I’m not sure what else to say on it, other than I appreciate it.
I adored Tanner’s and Sebastian’s relationship. They’re both so cute and sweet together and parts of the book broke my heart for them. Honestly, they need to be protected at all costs, especially Sebastian. I don’t think I’ve smiled so much whilst reading a book lately, so that’s saying something about the characters. I also loved Tanner knew his sexuality, and didn’t question it. And despite his certainty on his bisexuality, I liked how Tanner described being bisexual and it removed any stereotypes about bisexual people.
In some ways, I could also relate to Sebastian, in that his family is so religious that their religious beliefs could cause them to “love their child with conditions” if that makes sense. Like if the child were to go against their teachings, then they’d lose respect and turned away. But I know his family loves him, and I hope the best for him. And since this book is set in Tanner’s last year of high school, I could also relate to him in that aspect. Just thinking about high school ending makes me nervous.
I also loved Autumn, I think she’s an amazing best friend. And despite her jealously, I love how she’s loyal to Tanner and only wants what makes him happy. Anything that happened between them was put behind them and they continued being friends, rather than become awkward strangers, which I like. I kind of wish we got see more of Tanner’s friends such as Eric and Manny because they seem interesting. And I would’ve liked to meet Autumn’s new boyfriend too.
The cover is also gorgeous, I honestly could stare at it forever. And I love the title and the pun related to it. I think that the concept of writing a book in 4 months was interesting, and I loved that the book revolved around Tanner trying to write a book. Although I don’t do it much, but writing is a hobby of mine, so I loved this aspect of the book.
I felt the writing was hard to read and digest at times, as sometimes I’d have to reread the sentences or paragraphs for it to make sense. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book immensely – I was even reluctant to finish it because I was terrified that the ending would be a sad one. I’d definitely be happy with hearing that a short story for this is coming out because I want more of Sebastian and Tanner, and I also want to get to know Autumn more.
Overall, I loved this book, and I’d definitely recommend you all to read it. It’s not too long of a book and it’s cute and important, as it discusses religion and bisexuality and homosexuality. Please go buy and read it (the cover is also beautiful so it doesn’t hurt to have a copy hehe).