It’s easy to become cynical when life never goes your way.
Cole Reid has been a social recluse since he was fifteen, when he was outed by his high school baseball team. Since then, his obsessive-compulsive behavior and sarcastic nature have driven away most of the population, and everyone else hates him because he’s gay. As he sees it, he’s bound to repulse any prospective friends, let alone boyfriends, so why bother?
By the time Cole enters college, he’s become an anal-retentive loner—but it’s not a problem until his roommate graduates and the housing department assigns Ellis Montgomery to move in with Cole. Ellis is messy, gorgeous, straight, and worst of all, a jock!
During a school year filled with frat buddies, camping expeditions, and meddling parents, Cole and Ellis develop a friendship that turns Cole’s glass-half-empty outlook on its head. There must be more to Ellis than a fun-loving jock—and maybe Cole’s reawakening libido has rekindled his hope for more than camaraderie.
From the title I went into this story thinking it was going to be a comedy and whilst there are a few amusing parts it is mainly a romance. Cole was equally endearing and frustrating. I understand the reasoning behind his neuroses he seems like a hard person to live with. Not that a Ellis is a saint but he seems to understand how comfort and reassure Cole, drawing him back out into college life. Ellis’s friends Rob and Russell are great characters. They provide the foil for jokes and a 3rd person view speculating on whether there is anything going on between Cole and Ellis. I liked the way they were manoeuvred in to being roommates by Stan, very devious. In regards to Cole and Ellis’s relationship I liked how all the doubts and insecurities were portrayed. Both of them had their own issues to come to terms with including Cole realising he had built up a prejudice against jocks. Ellis had the harder time though, he had to come to terms with being gay and loosing his virginity. It was good that Cole wasn’t stereotypical timid Nerd and Ellis the big confident jock. I liked seeing their frailties, made feel a more realistic situation. The only part I didn’t like was when the story switched to Cole’s mother’s view point. I didn’t really see the reasoning behind it.
Jason Lovett is a good narrator, perfect sound for young adults. He reads the story rather than perform it and that suited me fine. I didn’t have any trouble distinguishing between the characters because their personalities were so distinct and he puts a lot of expression into the narration.
4 of 5 stars
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