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It’s not easy for a young gay artist like Jordan Carson to grow up in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where all anyone seems to care about in middle school and high school are the sports teams. But Jordan was lucky. He met Owen Nelson in the second grade, and they’ve been BFFs ever since. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school’s champion wrestler. No one messes with Owen, or with anyone close to him, and he bucks popular opinion by keeping Jordan as his wingman even after Jordan comes out at school.
Their friendship survives, but Jordan’s worst enemy may be himself: he can’t seem to help the fact that he is head-over-heels in love with a hopeless case—his straight friend, Owen. Owen won’t let anything take Jordan’s friendship away, but he never counted on Jordan running off to find a life of his own. Owen will have to face the nature of their relationship if he’s to win Jordan back.
This was DELIGHTFUL!
I think this is the first audiobook experience where the audio enhanced the story…the first where I loved the audio even more than I did the ebook! And I also think Tristan Wright is my forever favorite narrator…he should do ALL YA/NA books moving forward. :)
I have adored this book from my first read and more and more with every reread. The childhood best friends to lovers trope is my FAVORITE! Throw in a GFY, a jock & nerd pairing, and some of the most honorable and loveable characters around…and you’ve got a win!
But what Tristan Wright is able to do is truly bring the characters of Jordan and Owen to life. Where some narrators go over the top trying to change their voices to distinguish the characters, this narrator was subtle, his voice really contemporary, and I liked that he reads at a quicker speed than most the others I’ve listened too.
This was also the first audiobook that I cried to as I listened. Despite having listened to books I’d shed a tear or more through as I read them, I had yet to cry during a listening. This one captured the funny parts, the sarcastic parts, the emotional parts, the conflicted parts, the banter, the affection, the devotion, the confusion, and the love between these characters. It was…perfect.
My favorite audiobook to date.
I reviewed the ebook at 4 stars.
This audiobook gets top rating at 5 stars!