Being True by Jacob Z. Flores ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

Being-TrueTitle: Being True

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Narrator: Mark Westfield

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Story Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 06/16/2015

Length: 08 hours 40 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult

Summary:

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?

Story Review:

Oh. My. God.
There are so many words to describe Being True. Emotional. Sweet. Romantic. Awesome. Fantastic. Heartwarming. Well-written. Amazing. Awesome. Engaging. Awesome. Did I mention awesome? Because this was book was amazingly, incredibly awesome.
I’ve enjoyed other books by Jacob Z. Flores but this one blew my mind. I just know that Tru and Javi are characters who will stick in my mind for a long-time to come. These young men were so realistic and distinct that I feel like I could go to San Antonio and run into them. They never felt like fictional characters to me, they were always teens who were telling me a story.
And what a story it was. What an enjoyable roller-coaster of events. From Tru and Javi becoming friends to their first kiss and onto everything else I was hooked from beginning to end. The things that happen to these young men aren’t exactly unique—homophobic bullies, school issues—but the spin Flores put on it made it seem like it was a brand new topic.
It’s not just the main characters who were well drawn, the supporting ones were just as interesting. Tru’s friend Claudia, Tru’s mother, Javi’s parents, Javi’s buddy Rance, even the miscellaneous high school characters all had their own distinct personalities. Flores drew on stereotypes but these people were anything but cliché.
The drama and angst in the story was always realistic and never over the top. And the ending? It was hot, sexy and perfect.
Recommended to everyone. Yes, everyone.

Narration Review:

Mark Westfield did an amazing job bringing these incredible characters to life. There is a host of characters in this story, both main and supporting, and Westfield was able to create different voices for each and every one of them. There were no cheap tricks like lisps or effeminate voices here, he uses inflections and timbre to distinguish between everyone.
Westfield is a very talented speaker and I wouldn’t hesitate to listen to anything he narrates.

Links

Being True on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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