Social Skills

Social Skills

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by Sara Alva
     
 

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Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate—until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his

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Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate—until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.

Jared's attention opens Connor up to a new realm of emotional and physical intimacy. But as Connor's self-confidence grows, so does his fear that everything will fall apart. Because in this socially stratified world, how long can a relationship between an introverted violinist and a closeted football player really last?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044267749
Publisher:
Sara Alva
Publication date:
01/22/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
468,912
File size:
355 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Sara Alva is a former small-town girl currently living in big-city L.A. with a husband, two cats, and an avocado tree. She recently discovered— after a year in her house— that she also has a fig tree in her backyard, which might mean she needs to get out more. But sometimes the stories waiting to be told demand more attention, and when she puts fingers to keyboard, it’s usually to write about journeys of self-discovery, heartache, personal growth, friendship and love. When she isn’t writing, she’s teaching or dancing.

For information on novels, upcoming releases and other free reads, visit www.SaraAlva.com.

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Social Skills 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ReadMe11 23 days ago
This was one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. I actually listened to the audiobook which in my opinion made this story even better. I loved the narrator, Andrew Eiden. He did a wonderful job. When reading a book I usually like to have an idea of where I am in the book. But when listening to an audiobook it’s very disconcerting because unless you know how many chapters are in the book (which I did not) you have no idea how much story is left. So you can’t “prepare” yourself for the ending. Which in this case was an amazing experience. I don’t like to give too many details about a story to avoid spoilers. So without sharing the plot I just want to say my journey through this story was unexpected. My alliances and what I wanted to happen changed throughout the story. Making this a truly unique reading/audio experience. Definitely recommend, and even though I know the ending, I’ll still read it again. And yes I do have a fondness for books with socially awkward characters.
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I honestly could not stop reading thisbook. I would have like to see something develop between Connor and Ray but it was still an amazing read.
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DahlELama More than 1 year ago
I really should open this by saying that although it's a 4-star for me, I'm a straight woman; my gay male friends who've read it have absolutely loved it and roundly 5-starred it. It's been tough finding good LGBTQ NA, so when two friends recommended this one to me, I jumped on it, and I'm glad I did. Watching shy, socially awkward Connor struggle to gain his footing in college while navigating his first relationship is exactly the kind of story people are talking about when they state Why New Adult Needs to Be a Thing, and though it is about coming out, it feels like it’s as much about his coming out as a strong, independent adult than it is about his coming out as gay. In particular, the gradual role reversal between him and closeted love interest Jared was done really, really well, in my opinion. I'll come right out and admit that part of what made this a 4-star for me was actually being m/m; if this weren't so standout just for being a rare LGBT NA, I probably would've given it a 3. As a personal preference, I didn't care all that much for Connor's character; the whole extreme-shyness, constantly stammering, unable to vocalize anything kind of MC isn't my favorite sort to read, and while I thought his friends were great, I didn't really feel like he was doing a single thing to earn them. Shy and awkward doesn't automatically mean nice, or present, or helpful, or caring, and it really struck me at a certain point that he wasn't even the kind of friend anyone talked to about anything. It was honestly hard for me to see how he was any more than a pity project. (And I'm not even gonna touch the Veronica stuff. I just can't.) Still, I'm glad I read it, and I'd recommend it to others looking for LGBTQ NA. I hope to see a lot more of it in the category soon!
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Loved the story. Truly likeable characters.
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