Title: Love Lessons (Love Lessons #1)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Narrator: Iggy Toma
Publisher: *Not Listed
eBook Release Date: 10/01/2013
Audiobook Release Date: 02/25/2015
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Love doesn’t come with a syllabus. Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus. Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door. Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view. As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last. Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.
My View – Story:
I have read this story multiple times now and every time I am reminded again why I love this story. On the surface it is the story of a shy gay boy attending a college that promises diversity and acceptance. There he meets the campus casanova and they fall in love! But this story is so much more than it appears. It has depth and characterization. It brought forth emotions from me to the point of tears on several occasions. This was a well thought out and well executed book.
There are so many aspects of this novel that I could talk about, but I really just want to focus on the one that impacted me the most. And that is the characterization. I love that initially, the characters were presented with Walter being the more confident and in control, with Kelly seeking his guidance. Kelly is this Disney loving, sheltered kid who is searching for his Prince Charming. He is idealistic to the point of being let down by his new school and those around him. On the other hand Walter is worldly and sarcastic. He has issues stemming from his family. He is older and presumable has more life experiences than Kelly so is the perfect guide as Kelly leaves behind his closet and enters the world.
From the get go, I figured this story would focus on Kelly finding himself and his struggle of self acceptance. But as the story progressed, the tables slowly turned and I realized this was all about Walter. Slowly but surely, the author gave me bits and pieces of Walter’s past and his struggles. Slowly but surely, the author created a character who utterly and completely stole my heart. Stole it and broke it into thousands of tiny pieces as I hurt along with him. As I went along with him as he broke through the wall he built around his heart and tip toed into a world that was as frightening as it was promising. I cried for Walter, I ached for Walter, I was so happy for Walter.
I do not want to forget Kelly. Kelly was wonderful and idealistic and perfect for Walter. I loved Kelly because he filled those places in Walter that healed him and showed him that Walter was worthy and deserved to be loved. I loved Kelly for who he was but more for who he was for Walter.
There are few characters that stick with me long after I read a story. I read so much, that these characters or stories need to be exceptional to stay with me forever. Walter is one of those characters and I will continue to reread his story whenever I need comfort and love.
My View – Narration:
Iggy Toma really brought these characters and their story to life. He nailed their emotions and his narration brought out another layer to an already fabulous story. Perfect choice for this piece.
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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