Title: Social Skills
Publication date: January 21, 2013
Length: 357 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
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?
I remember reading this book about two years ago and being sucked into the life that Connor led and the relationship between him and Jared. But what really stuck with me after all these years is the very beautiful, hopeful message of self-acceptance. Connor had to find his way after finally getting a more fulfilled life then it being taken away. But during this journey of standing up for himself, he had to realize being an introvert and being socially challenged made him no less of a person, no less worthy of more.
His forgiveness of Jared’s behavior was nothing short of who he was but showed a level of maturity and understanding I don’t think most full-grown adults get. The author really took us on a journey in this story and one that has always stuck with me. I’m not any of the things that Connor was, but I still felt for him, connected with him, and cheered for him, Jared too. That’s the mark of a fantastic story that becomes a must read.
The authors writing style and craft in building this story was more than beautiful, and I hope that you take a chance on her and read Connor and Jared’s story!
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