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5.0 out of 5 stars what a socially anxious person has been waiting for..., 9 Feb. 2014
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Just as Madison Parker Love states on her blog, "Social Skills" really is a 'brilliant portrayal of what it's like to suffer from social anxiety'. Connor Owens, a shy violinist who has just started uni, struggles to communicate with other people and speaks best when he has a violin in his hands. After being asked to tutor Jared, an athlete failing the one class they share, it takes time for Connor to realise that the guy may actually like him a little more than 'just friends', though how would that work if Jared has a girlfriend and isn't ready to come out of the closet...?

I know, I know - gay guy falls for jock and they live happily ever after; it's that kind of story, but it was surprisingly real and also surprisingly painful. What Connor goes through every time he had to socially interact with someone or even think about being social is a trial I know only too well and it's just so good, such a relief, to finally read a story where the main character is going through exactly what I went through for a change. I don't know how many books I've read to reach this moment, but it was a bloody lot... Therefore, if you know someone, or suspect someone you know is suffering from social anxiety (and isn't homophobic), give them this book. Recommend to them this book. It doesn't matter if it's two males falling in love, it's about anyone falling in love, and more importantly, it's about a socially anxious person overcoming their fears to become part of the world.

Only criticism of the book I have (which is not enough to reduce my rating to 4 stars) is the fact that the author has no idea how to implement blond/blonde. If Sara Alva is reading this, I would like her to acknowledge that the correct usage for blond/blonde is this: 'blond' is for a male with blond hair; 'blonde' is for a female with blonde hair. It's a French word and the French language has gender-sensitive words. So, please, for the love of all writing, please get this right from now on!!
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2014 22:48:48 GMT
Mel says:
English is different. :) http://grammarpartyblog.com/2012/07/06/blond-vs-blonde/
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