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Autoboyography

Narrated by: Deacon Lee, Kyle Mason
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Includes an extended interview with Christina Hobbs, Lauren Billings, and narrator Deacon Lee!

Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times best-selling 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.

©2017 Christina Lauren (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Captivating, heartbreaking and uplifting. A story of love

Autoboyography was a moving and heartbreaking and uplifting story that had me hooked from the first chapter. I was invested in the characters right from the beginning.
I am glad to see more bi representation and I love the respectful way they show the LDS community without glossing over the negative way they treat the LGBTIQ members of their faith.

All together a fantastic novel and a whirlwind of emotions.

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great story!

the storyline was great! a wonderful description of both bisexuality & spoke of the LDS church in ways that weren't derogatory, but rather showed insight into the experience of LDS people. My only critiques would be that there are a lot of unnecessary descriptions in the book, and the audio wasn't as clear as other audio books on audible.

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A great story.

I loved this book. At first the narration felt very rushed and it was hard to adjust but eventually it was easier to follow. About 7 hours in the book changes from first person to third person and it is quite jarring if you don’t expect it. It’s also harder to follow in 3rd person and I got kinda lost a few times. At the end of the narration the writers tell us why that happens and it makes sense however I would have preferred it to stay first person. That’s the only reason I gave it less than 5 stars.

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Lovely and a bit different

Love the different aspect of adding the religious side in, especially as someone who has very little to do with religi

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 16-06-2018

✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

I really loved this story. I love how inspiring it was both for YA who are Gay/Bi and for religious aspect too. This book shows realistic issues that teens face everyday and how hard it can be but also shows that not everything has a sad ending. Tanner was a great character, he was sure of himself and his sexuality even if he was hiding, it wasn't because of him or his family. I really loved his parents the most in this book because they talked to their kids instead of at them, they supported their kids and genuinely just didn't want them to suffer because of other. Sebastian had the harder situation here I think because his heart was telling him he was in love and it was also telling him that he needed his religion and those two things can't combine. His family was a lot harder than I would have liked but they just wanted what they truly thought was best for him. In the end this book left me with smile on my face and I want to tell all the YA's I know to read it! Even though I had some issues with narration, it couldn't have ruin this book for me because I just loved the story that much!

Narration... well that's a hard one for me with this book. First lets talk about the narrators. 90% of this book is narrated by Deacon Lee who is a great narrator but he sounds like John Malkovich which means he sounds way to old to narrate 18/19 year old boys, the same goes for Kyle Mason in my opinion.
Now the narrative change in the end was very hard for me to get past. It wasn't about the narrators but the writing style. I know why they switched narrative style but it just pulled me out of this great story and I found it very hard to get back into it. Its a little hard to explain, it was almost like it was written in the first person unless he was talking about himself, then he refereed to himself in the third person. It has to be one or the other for me because it was just to distracting and I'll admit it kinda took away from the ending for me. That is the only reason this book lost .5 star from me.

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  • Ana's Attic
  • 06-10-2017

Amazing YA m-m book

Autobiography by Christina Lauren is not normally a book I would pick up. But I was sent this absolutely gorgeous hardcover, and I try to read the books that are going on my shelf. I realize now that I never even read the blurb, just fell for the cover. I couldn’t fit it in my reading schedule, but I had a credit on audible so I grabbed it there, not even knowing that it was YA. But being in a bit of a slump, I was looking for something different, and Autobiography totally fit the bill and lived up to the gorgeous cover.

“I’m just a bisexual half-Jewish kid who’s falling in love with an LDS guy. The path for me isn’t as clear.”

I love Tanner and his family so much. They moved from California to Provo, Utah when Tanner was 15. Tanner is bisexual and half Jewish, and Provo is a predominantly Mormon (LDS) town. His mom is an ex-Mormon and understands how it all works, and both of his parents are very accepting of Tanner.

“I forget not everyone lives in a household where a parent sleeps in a MY QUEER KID RULES nightgown.”

But they still encourage him to keep his sexuality a secret because in that town, they know he would have problems. He couldn’t even share it with his best friend, Autumn. When Tanner takes a writing seminar his senior year, they are expected to write a novel, and the teacher brought in his most prominent student from the previous year to help out, Sebastian Brother. Sebastian’s book was already published, and he is now a student at a Mormon University. He is following his expected path as a son of a Mormon bishop, and going on his mission as soon as he returns from his book tour. Sebastian loves his religion and is devoted to the church.

When Tanner sees Sebastian in the class, his reaction is all-consuming and immediate. He has no idea if Sebastian is straight or gay, but there is a spark, an immediate connection.

“Kissing boys feels good. Kissing girls feels good. But something tells me kissing Sebastian would be like a sparkler falling in the middle of a field of dry grass.”

Sebastian loves his church. But being gay is not yet accepted. You are allowed to have feelings for the same sex, but you are never allowed to act on it.

"But we’ve both been raised to care greatly what our family thinks about us— their esteem is everything. On top of that, Sebastian has the looming judgment of the Church, telling him wherever he looks that the God he loves thinks he’s a pretty foul human being. It’s impossible to know how to undo the damage they’re doing to him."

I really loved how the authors really researched the town and the religion and presented both the good and bad. They never vilified the church and often pointed out the good. I loved that they weren’t afraid to tackle a tough subject and show both sides.

“Sometimes I wonder whether it’s God or the church that feels the strongest about these things.”
“My opinion?” I say carefully. “A God worthy of your eternal love wouldn’t judge you for who you love while you’re here.”

It’s so sad that Sebastian really has to choose between two things he loves, his church and his sexuality. But while this is an extreme example, it happens to young gay kids every day, having to choose between their family, their faith and their sexuality.

"He’s gay; he didn’t die. Nobody is wounded. I know Sebastian’s parents are good people, but holy hell, they just inadvertently made their own son feel like there’s something about him that needs to be fixed. So much for acceptance. So much for welcoming."


Likes:

•I have major cover love.
•A completely unique story that I recommend to everyone 15 and up.
•How the authors never demonized the church.
•The research and accuracy (I read comments from people who are from there).
•There was a lot of light and funny scenes, as well as hugely emotional ones.
•The huge differences between how each boy was accepted.
•Autumn, Tanner's best friend.
•I learned a little about the Latter Day Saints.
•Tanner’s family. His parents were completely accepting and amazing about it, and were still good, strict parents.
•The book within a book.
•That it didn't just have a perfect, happy ending though it is a HFN.

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•The narration changed from first to third person during the book. In the audible version, there is an interview with the authors and narrator at the end and they explain it, and it makes perfect sense. But for me, while reading it, I was wondering if I had gone crazy and it was 3rd person all along, which really took me out of the story.

The Narration:
Narrated by two different men, I loved Tanner’s narrator. Sebastian’s not as much, and it confused me a bit when he came in as 3rd person. The interview at the end make the audiobook even more worth it.

The Down & Dirty:
Autoboygraphy is a must-read novel for high school and beyond. It was a beautiful story of young love, discovery, religion, family, commitments, expectations, acceptance, secrets, heartbreak, friendship, laughter and more. It was a well researched, well crafted novel that addressed the closed mindedness of religion without vilifying it. It was unique, educational and unputdownable. I am hoping it gets picked up in high schools and starts being required reading. Whether you are a YA fan or not, I think Autoboyography is so unique and socially relevant that anyone can pick it up and love it. It was a hugely refreshing change from all of the erotic romance I have been reading lately, and kept me riveted the entire time.

Rating: 4.5-5 stars, 4.5 narration (No heat rating)

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  • G
  • 07-10-2017

Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed the story and narration even though it felt a little "young." The consistent overuse of metaphor and simile was slightly annoying but also humorous and appropriate as it fit with the narrator's point of view as a high school writer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-2017

Beautiful, touching story.

Would you listen to Autoboyography again? Why?

Yes! I would love to listen to the story again because it was entertaining, funny and beautiful. The character's struggles were tangible.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's hard to choose as the main characters, Tanner, Sebastian and Autumn were all so great. This is because they felt real, they all their own personalities distinct from one another.

What about Deacon Lee and Kyle Mason ’s performance did you like?

I loved the performance because they were just ON POINT.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried two times. Mostly because some of it was so touching to me, but it also released some negative emotions for me concerning coming out and my own family.

Any additional comments?

I loved that this book was different. Tanner was out to his supportive family but was told to keep himself a secret from the rest of the town, even his best friend. I loved that this character was unapologetically bisexual and insisted on his label and explained his feeling for both girls and boys. While it wasn't entirely how I experience bisexuality, it was still super important to read and I needed this book as a bisexual teen to know that it was okay to be bisexual.

I'm not very religious but this book helped me to be empathetic to Sebastian's struggles in the Mormon community. His struggles were so tangible to me and Tanner's insight's into Sebastian's mind provided deeper meaning to me.

The other characters in the book all played a role and Autumn was a great secondary character if not a main character. She provided a lot of fun to the novel.

I would read this again and considering buying a physical copy.

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  • thiscitygirl
  • 13-09-2017

Swoons, Sighs and Heartichokes

What made the experience of listening to Autoboyography the most enjoyable?

Great story. Believable Dialogue. Great Narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Autumn -- for ultimately being the best, best friend.

What does Deacon Lee and Kyle Mason bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The nuance and layers of emotions.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed several times throughout!

Any additional comments?

One of my favorite Christina Lauren books yet! A beautiful representation of a budding M/M romance with the added pressures of organized religion, family expectations and small town living. A great read with lots of swoons, heartichokes and sighs. I hope teens (and adults) in the LGBTQ community find themselves represented in the novel and thoroughly enjoy the read.

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  • ~E~
  • 28-09-2017

I want more!

Please write a follow-up! I need to know what happens with Sebastian and his family!!

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  • Pat Johnson
  • 27-09-2017

Just beautiful.

I so adored every part of this audio book the writing flowed and I swam along not breathing...
To see the conflict that Sebastian held was extremely sad but he overcame it to find his other soul- Tanner .......
The narrators were perfectly perfect....
Read the book then bought the audio ! ♥️

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  • Misty
  • 17-09-2017

Everything

This book is so much of everything. A coming of age with religious and familial complications. 2 young men that fall in love but are separated so far by religion, family, school, history, miles... too much for one to think they will ever recover.

There are no words for how much I loved this book. It was so well written and so completely entertaining and engrossing that I literally couldn't turn it off. There was so much to learn from as a parent, that I will hold these lessons close to my heart forever.

Deacon Lee did a great job. His narration didn't jump out of my earbuds and wasn't distracting either. It was just a good compliment to a great story.

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  • pierre blanzaco
  • 29-07-2020

My heart.

I was quite skeptical to start this book but I can honestly say. After listening to it I have read it twice more it is honest, and heartfelt albeit a little cringy at times but well worth the read.
Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

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  • Nicole M. Hewitt
  • 06-07-2020

Wonderful and thought-provoking!

This book is a beautiful, nuanced exploration of religion and sexuality. Though I’m not Mormon or gay I have a little bit of experience with the complexities involved in coming out in a religious environment—when my daughter came out as transgender, about 90% of our life revolved around our church and our Christian homeschool group. I’ll confess that we had some moments of fear about how those around us would handle the news, and it’s hard to completely ignore the voices around you that tell you you’re doing something that’s “against God’s plan.” Because of this, I could relate to Sebastian’s struggles to come to terms with his sexuality in light of his strong faith. I was thankful for a narrative that highlighted a character’s journey to understand his sexuality without having it obliterate his faith—and without making the religious characters all villains in the story.

Beyond that, I was wrapped up in the romance between Tanner and Sebastian and completely rooting for them the whole time. Tanner was incredibly relatable, though I will say that he ends up making a very poor choice toward the end of the book that didn’t sit well with a lot of reviewers. However, I was already invested in his character enough that I was able to get past it (and I didn’t think the fault could be placed squarely on his shoulders, as many other people seemed to). It certainly didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the book overall. Basically, I spent every moment I could listening to it, so I could find out if Tanner and Sebastian got their happy ending!

Loved the narration for this book, and will definitely listen to others with these narrators.

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  • Miss L E Turvey
  • 20-03-2019

A little bit heartbreaking

It took me a little while to get into the style of it but stick with it, because when you’re in, it’s really great.

The challenges in the book are heartbreaking - I really felt for the characters with the decisions and sacrifices they have to make. Beautifully told and narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-2018

Beautiful Story

Listened to it all on one day. It is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. The story line is beautiful and gripping throughout. Definitely recommend.

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  • Jayson
  • 04-05-2018

A must listen to YA audiobook!

Compelling story for YA lgbt listeners, with a nice audio note conversation between authors and narrator at the end.

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  • Whimseyma
  • 23-09-2017

Great story with something fro everyone

Great story but the secret ingredient is the wonderful Deacon Lee empathetically guiding us through

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  • Alison
  • 11-05-2020

incredibly hopeful

I loved this. it was sweet, heart wrenching and hilarious at the same time. read it!

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  • Farah
  • 19-12-2019

Is this my 10th time reading this baby?

Autoboyography, is just another CLo masterpiece.👏🙌
Whether you have read their books before or not this is A MUST READ!!
This coming of age novel has it all, so many swoon worthy moments, many heartbreaking moments, and most of all so many loving moments.
It's a story about finding yourself, falling in love, and most of all showing your love for friends and families and faith.💚💜💖

I was anticipating this read for so long and it was much worth the wait!! Christina Lauren have outdone themselves once again with such a loving, warming story, that I will for sure keep for the vast future and get my unborn children to read😂

Below are some of my very swoon worthy moment quotes and also pg109 really made *swoooonn* hard but if you wanna know why you better check out the book!! 💓
Speaking of the book the cover itself is a beauty, it had to be said!
All I can say is READ IT READ IT LOVE IT LOVE IT AND READ IT (also spread the word and get other teens and adults to read it as it is just amazing)!!!!!😻

'A mountain. Our hike. He's in his room, maybe thinking about our hike.'🗻

'...Sebastian texts me before bed with a simple snowy mountain-top emoji and it's kerosene dumped on the flickering candle in my chest.' ,🗻😍

'The door swings open, and the sight of him sucks every bit of oxygen in the porch.'💞

'It's not his first kiss - I know that - but it's his first real one.'👬💕

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  • Book addict
  • 14-11-2018

Started good then went down hill

I was enjoying this book to begin with, and then the pace started to slow so I got a bit distracted and frustrated with it, then towards the end it’s as if the author didn’t quite finish the book. The tense and grammar was fine for most of it, then it bizarrely went to the third person for several chapters and it was really difficult to feel connected to the story and I got sick of hearing Sebastian thought this, and Sebastian that. Then the books was rushed at the end tied up in a sloppy bow, the end. What a waste of a potentially great story. Did they just forget it was an early draft or something?

ADDED NOTE: I continued listening to hear the author/narrator interview and it turns out the third person change was intentional. You’re supposed to view it as a summary of what happens after. I really don’t think that worked. Instead there was a good story that just wasn’t finished, so I really can’t give it a better rating.

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  • A. Listener
  • 07-05-2019

Couldn't finish it.

I just wasn't into this one. I decided half way through to quit the book, and save my time.
I just couldn't connect with the characters, and the narrator's voice was not to my liking.