Being True by Jacob Z Flores ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

BeingTrueLG Title: Being True

Author: Jacob Z Flores

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: JTownsendPhotos

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


Truman L. Cobbler has not had an easy life. It’s bad enough people say he looks like Donkey from Shrek, but he’s also suffered the death of his policeman father and his mother’s remarriage to a professional swindler, who cost them everything. Now dirt poor, they live in the barrio of San Antonio, Texas. When Tru transfers to an inner-city high school halfway through his senior year, he meets Javi Castillo, a popular and hot high school jock. Javi takes an immediate liking to Tru, and the two become friends. The odd pairing, however, rocks the school and sets the cliquish social circles askew. No one knows how to act or what to think when Mr. Popular takes a stand for Mr. Donkey. Will the cliques rise up to maintain status quo and lead Tru and Javi to heartbreak and disaster or will being true to who they are rule the day?

Brandilyn’s View:

Not every person is perfect. They don’t all have piercing blue eyes, a winning smile, and a hard body. They are not all poised and confident. They aren’t even all the perfect, bumbling, glasses-wearing dork. Some people are just average. Most of us are just “average.” Even some of those who seem to fit the above categories have traits, hobbies, habits, and secrets that might pull them off their pedestal in some people’s eyes.

Being True by Jacob Z Flores pairs two such main characters. Truman, or Tru to his nonexistent friends, has big teeth, a braying laugh, no money, and has been a punching bag for too many bullies to name. Javi is the epitome of high school cool — a jock with a winning smile and too many friends to count. He is the one everyone else wants to be, but it may all just be a facade. When Javi befriends the new loser in school, everyone’s preconceived notions turn on their ear.

That is what Being True is all about, being true to your heart and yourself in the face of others preconceptions and prejudices. We watch two seemingly opposite boys on the cusp of manhood trying to find their way through the end of high school. Thwarting the cliques and being true to themselves. We see the devastation that can be wrought when one is not true to themselves. We also see the effects that living in fear can cause.

Flores takes a hard look at bullying and living in fear. His boys live in an area that is not the most accepting or open-minded, yet they still learn to stand up for themselves and each other. As Being True is released by Dreamspinner and not Harmony Ink, it is not classified as a Young Adult, though the main characters both fit that age group. It is more explicit than most YA, but the situation surrounding sex itself is handled very responsibly. If you are a parent to an LGBT youth (or LGBT youth ally), this will be a good book if they are of the right maturity to handle the masturbation and sex scenes. I would, however, recommend this book to anyone, parent or not, who enjoys a story where love conquers hate and soul mates find one another.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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