As You Are by Ethan Day

Loose Id

Gay Erotic Contemporary

ISBN:  978-1-60737-440-4

Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

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.

     

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