Social Skills by Sara Alva



Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate—until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.

Jared’s attention opens Connor up to a new realm of emotional and physical intimacy. But as Connor’s self-confidence grows, so does his fear that everything will fall apart. Because in this socially stratified world, how long can a relationship between an introverted violinist and a closeted football player really last?

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This is a tale of coming out, coming out of your shell and coming out to the world to be the REAL you.

A slow build on love, on 1st love, on heartbreak, on joy, on pain, on friendship, on self reflection, on family.

Once again Sara Alva spun me in a web of words, of emotions, of FEELINGS.


Feelings of sweetness:


“Finally Jared brushed his lips- more the touch of breath than body. Ticklish waves passed through Conner’s mouth and hummed all the way to his toes. His arms and legs tensed, and then his whole body was trembling, the vibrations rising up like a crescendo and hovering at the climax. And God, that was barely even a kiss.”


“In a deafening silence, Conner’s pulse sped up, his mind more captive to Jared’s touch than it had been the first time they’d kissed. He couldn’t look away, even if his fear wanted him to. He couldn’t blink. He couldn’t draw his next breath. Because this … this was all searching eyes and gentle caresses, and somehow, unbelievably, a connection 

Feelings of angst:


*when Jared left Conner* Dear Lord I wanted to throat punch him!!!!!

Conner’s depression:

Miss you Love Quotes -


Heart swelling:



Sigh, the love Conner has in his heart slayed me… SLAYED ME…

Coming out….. probably the most realistic coming out that I have read to DATE





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