Summary

Xander Fairchild can't stand people in general and frat boys in particular, so when he's forced to spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined to resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten college to hide and make manga, not to be transformed into a corporate clone in the eleventh hour.
Skylar's life has been laid out for him since before he was born, but all it takes is one look at Xander's artwork, and the veneer around him begins to crack. Xander himself does plenty of damage too. There's something about the antisocial artist's refusal to yield that forces Skylar to acknowledge how much his own orchestrated future is killing him slowly ...as is the truth about his gray-spectrum sexuality, which he hasn't dared to speak aloud, even to himself.
Through a summer of art and friendship, Xander and Skylar learn more about each other, themselves, and their feelings for one another. But as their senior year begins, they must decide if they will part ways and return to the dull futures they had planned, or if they will take a risk and leap into a brightly colored future - together.
©2017 Heidi Cullinan (P)2017 Heidi Cullinan
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4 out of 5 stars
By BevS on 02-10-17

Not my favourite Heidi story....

3.5 stars for most things. There was far too much Japanese culture info for me...yes, I'm interested, but not to the detriment of everything else, and as much as I liked Skylar and Xander, there was something missing in the story for me. Iggy did his best, but even he can't sound like a teenager I'm afraid...although I do like the 'Giles' voice he gave Xander 😉. I detested Skylar's so- called parents, and could only assume he'd be better off without them. For a manga/yaoi/anime M/M addict, this would be the perfect story I would imagine.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 27-08-17

So-so

Not sure how I feel about this book to be honest. I loved the start and the idee behind it but around the middle I sadly just wanted it to be over. I usually dont mind agnst but this was to depressing even for me. Had a lot of funny charachters and it defenally had its moments, but it felt like they were walking in cirkles for a while. Not one of Heidis better works, sad to say it disapointed me. Iggy were probably the winning point in this one, even if his japanece made me laught and cringe at the same time lol
Can just say this book isnt for everyone.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Annika on 16-04-18

Great narration, story wasn't for me

I am a huge Heidi Cullinan fan, of her sweeter romances at least, so finding myself not liking one of her books was a surprise, but Antisocial just didn't work for me. I mean there is slow-burn and then there is glacial and this book sadly ends up in the latter category.

We have Xander and Skylar, two university students thrown together for their senior projects. After some initial disgruntlements and reluctance a friendship is formed. A friendship that slowly grows into something more. And we follow them through all the struggles of self discovery and first loves.

This book was just too longwinded a lot of the time, we stood still, stomping and not really moving forward. While I understand a need for a slower pace for this kind of romance, I still wished for things to move a little faster. Not the relationship per se, just everything surrounding it. I don't need or want every single detail of absolutely everything. I found myself spacing out at times and when I "woke up" I hadn't missed a thing...

What really surprised me though was the ending. It came out of nowhere, it felt abrupt and things were left unresolved. Going by the pacing of the rest of the book this just didn't fit.

I also have to mention the elephant in the room (it keeps staring menacingly at me), the whole gray-ace thing she was trying to portray. Trying, and failing. Now I know that no two people are the same or experience things the same way, but still this was borderline offensive to ace people out there. It highlights the opinions that you are not a whole person without that special someone - and that special someone can and will save you. I will spare you from my rant, but if this is something that bothers you, don't pick up this book.

I loved Iggy Toma's narration of this book, it was spot on, he is made for these kinds of stories. These kinds of characters. He's truly brilliant for them. But not even his amazing talents were enough to save this story for me.

While this book didn't work for me I will look for more books by Cullinan's. She is a great author with wonderful stories to tell, but sadly you can't win them all.

A copy of this audiobook was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes

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