Author: Eli Easton
Narrator: Tristan Wright
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
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.
My View – Story:
I needed a good comfort read last night. I needed something I knew I would enjoy. I needed something I had read before. I needed an author who has never disappointed me. Eli Easton was the winner of that lottery.
I downloaded the recently released audio version of her YA novella, Superhero. Focusing on two lifelong friends. One is gay. The other is straight. One is out and proud. The other is his constant protector. Each boy on a path that will end with them apart, even if they don’t yet realize it.
Superhero is about the pressures of growing up under intense expectations. It is about doing what is expected without regard to your own thoughts, feelings, and desires. It is a theme that resonates with me, and I am sure many others out there, no matter their age.
I loved both these characters. Jordan is feeling his way through life trying to be the best friend that his straight BFF since 2nd grade needs. You want just to take him in your arms and tell him to move on, but you love Owen too much to take Jordan from him. Owen, for his part, is trying to be exactly what he is expected to be. He is the perfect son, the perfect star wrestler, the protective best friend, the dutiful boyfriend. All the while he is breaking his own heart without even knowing it.
This is a pretty slow burn romance because Owen is pretty slow on the uptake. While slow burn usually just serves to frustrate and infuriate me, Jordan and Owen’s story goes at the pace that is true to their relationship. Jordan and Owen only want what is best for the other one, until Jordan realizes he needs to do what is best for himself.
This is a story of true love which comes from a somewhat unexpected place, well unexpected for one of the parties involved. It is a story that will make you smile and frown. It is a story that will lift you up and tug at your heart. It is a story that will give you hope.
My View – Narration:
So my one fear going into to the listening of this title is that it has alternating points of view. Sometimes it is difficult to discern in which point of view the current section is presented. However, Tristan Wright did an admiral job with the challenge. You felt like you were listening to 2 different people read the two different points of view. Even if I didn’t catch the character label on each section, I knew instantly who was speaking. Also, the voices were true to the character and just lifted the story up. Finally, his voice was not too mature for the main characters of the story. While there are plenty of narrators I adore; many of them would not work for a first person YA title. Tristan was perfect. I will be listening to another title narrated by him in the near future.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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