A single stroke can change your world.
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.
This was a very touching story.
I couldn't believe that Antisocial is the first book I've read by Heidi Cullinan. I actually have several of her books on my ereader – I just haven't made time to read them yet. I met Heidi at the RWA charity book signing in Orlando in July 2017 and purchased a paperback copy of Antisocial for my keeper shelf. At the time, I didn't know that the digital copy was available for review on NetGalley. When I saw the book there I snapped it up so I wouldn't have to read the paperback and can instead keep it in pristine condition for my signed book collection.
I absolutely loved this book. The story centers around two seniors in college who very gradually build a relationship with each other. Skyler, a business major, is helping Xander, an art student, market his senior project/art show. I read a lot of M/M books but this one was very different from anything else I've ever read and it was wonderful to read.
This story really has no sex in it (unusual for an M/M story) but it is a beautiful love story and a story of two young men discovering themselves and figuring out how they can stay true to what they want and not what everyone else expects of them. It's a powerful story of friendship and love and I'm so happy I read it.
I read a lot of books so it's takes something special to stick with me long term – this is a "sticky" book for me. Thank you for writing such a wonderful story Ms. Cullinan.
friendship manga and love
This is a romance between two guys in college trying to figure out who they are and what their future will be. Both have issues with their parents and struggle with career choices. Both guys are virgins. One isn't sure what his sexuality is and doesn't quite want to label it for certain. It doesn't contain actual sex, but there are some really erotic moments. One is an artist so some fun with art comes into play. Mostly this is about a diverse group of friends supporting each other and enjoying mutual loves like manga and anything Japanese. Antisocial is a sweet romance with lots of openness and diversity. I'd like to see it turned into an anime.