Julian Hallowell has been in love with
his housemate Danny Wallace for a year now, to no avail.
Danny sees him as a friend, and continues to sleep with
whoever catches his fancy. Tired of being hung up on
someone who doesn’t love him back, Julian decides to force
himself to get over Danny. A date with cute new guy Andy
Baker seems like just the ticket…or is it?
As You Are is a fun read. Julian is one of
those characters you’ll either love or hate. He’s neurotic,
overdramatic, spoiled (he still accepts help from his
parents on a number of things, despite being in his late
twenties), and sometimes silly. Even so, I really wanted
him to get a happy ending. I admit there were a few times I
wanted to smack him, but I just couldn’t stay annoyed at
him. Since the narration is first person from Julian’s
point of view, Danny isn’t as well developed. He’s a good
friend, but a bit of a player when it comes to men. He
seems to have trouble accepting his own emotions, and his
past plays into that. I would have liked more of Danny’s
background, so I could really understand why he acted the
way he did. Secondary characters, including Julian’s
parents, his best friend and her boyfriend, and Andy are all
interesting and often add a lot of comedy. The plot of
As You Are is pretty standard
boy-falls-for-friend fare, yet the funny moments and the
sheer craziness that is Julian raise it to another level.
No matter how frustrated I got with Julian, I kept turning
the pages because I had to find out what happened next.