It hits me like a slap across my cheek that I’m his safe space… I get his real smiles.
Hello, hello, hello!
Did you miss me and my usually unpopular opinions and word-vomit book reviews?
I hope so because I missed all of you!
Christmas has come and passed. I haven’t read much during my most favorite time and the busiest time of the year. Not only was I distracted by happily shopping gifts for my family and friends, I also fell into a sort of book slump.
For some time, I couldn’t read anything that wasn’t a reread. When I did manage to get engaged in a book, it’s of the contemporary genre. More than ever, I am behind on all the fantasy series that I wished to start and finish in 2017.
But alas, like every other bookworm on this planet, my TBR pile shall carry over onto 2018. So many books, so little time!
Enough of that, though.
Let’s talk about this beautiful book that a lot of people I personally know will tag as inappropriate and blasphemous.
I will say this now: I am a Mormon. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been one since I was born. And I will be one until the end of my mortal days.
This book revolves around Tanner who is bisexual and is “out” about his sexuality. That is until he was forced by his parents to keep it all under wraps again because they were moving to Utah — the land of the Mormons (not my words! But you know it’s kind of true).
Trouble ensues when Sebastian, a Mormon prodigy, mentors a class that Tanner is taking on his final year in highschool where he needs to write a novel in order to pass.
With “trouble” being secret meetings, hiking, holding hands, and romance budding between two boys: a Mormon and a non-member.
I don’t want to focus on the part about this being about what Mormons can’t and can do with their lives or how the book depicted us as a community 100% accurate — because its not! Just know that I accept this book as fictional and so should other people.
Yes, there are so many sensitive topics discussed in this novel, but I appreciate the honesty, rawness, and bluntness of it. We tend to shy away from talking about this and that’s why I think it’s refreshing to read.
I absolutely love how the authors (yes, Christina and Lauren are two different women) balanced out their revelations of some of the Church’s “dirt” with what we’re really all about.
I honestly believe that this book is helpful in letting non-members to know of our Church. It covers the basic facts and shows how we interact with other people. We’re not that uptight all the time, though. So fear not!
Autoboyography wasn’t even just focused on the love story. It was so much more than that. It focused heavily on family matters, on self-discovery, on figuring out your career, and friendship.
I cannot recommend this book enough!
Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2017.
TO MY READERS…
If you’re a member of the Church, please don’t judge too quickly and dismiss this book as inappropriate. We are not supposed to be those kind of people. Nobody’s forcing you to read it, so if you have negative feelings about it, turn the other cheek. Don’t prove the people who see us in a negative way be right. This is a fictional work.
If you’re a non-member, please don’t judge us too quickly and dismiss all of us based on the negative things we were meant to look guilty of from this book or your research. We’re not all the same. We may not be as open to these things as the world is, but trust me when I say that we generally love all people and if you ever had a negative experience with one of us, I ask forgiveness and hope that you will not take it against all of us.
BOOK DETAILS AUTHOR: Christina Lauren FORMAT: Paperback PAGES: 416 PUBLISHER: Saga Press PUBLISHED ON: September 21, 2017