Being True

Being True[PDF / Epub] ☆ Being True ✩ Jacob Z. Flores – Truman L Cobbler has not had an easy life It’s bad enough people say he looks like Donkey from Shrek but he’s also suffered the death of his policeman father and his mother’s remarriage to a pro Truman L Cobbler has not had an easy life It’s bad enough people say he looks like Donkey from Shrek but he’s also suffered the death of his policeman father and his mother’s remarriage to a professional swindler who cost them everything Now dirt poor they live in the barrio of San Antonio Texas When Tru transfers to an inner city high school halfway through his senior year he meets Javi Castillo a popular and hot high school jock Javi takes an immediate liking to Tru and the two become friends The odd pairing however rocks the school and sets the cliuish social circles askew No one knows how to act or what to think when Mr Popular takes a stand for Mr Donkey Will the cliues rise up to maintain status uo and lead Tru and Javi to heartbreak and disaster or will Being True to who they are rule the day. 35 starsTru is being bullied at school His mom moved him to a new school to get away from it But it looks like he will just be bullied some That is until he meets Javi Popular and kind Javi The two become best friends in no time and Tru cannot help himself he falls deeply in love with his friend Of course Javi isn’t gay right? Try and Javi were great I loved how their friendship developed and I loved it when they became than friendsWhat I truly hated about this book were the parents Tru’s mom and Javi’s mom and dad I can do bad parents in a book but they were supposed to be the loving wonderful parents that accepted these boys But they forbade them to come out at school as a couple “We aren’t asking you to do anything We’re telling you as our boys that you will not reveal your relationship to anyone else” ‘To protect them’ Right protection my ass I cannot believe these parents would teach their boys that it is okay to hide who you are Just so you don’t get beat up And I had a feeling the author agreed with them And even though Tru’s mom was great at times I hated her rules Gay or straight the same rules apply I’m your mother and I don’t want you to have sex before you’re out of high school much less before you turn eighteen You’re not mature enough to handle such an intimate physical commitment as that and I’m certainly not going to provide the bedroom for your first time What is this the Victorian era? And again with the way Tru just accepted this I had a feeling the author totally agreed with this line of thinkingBut even though these things really infuriated me I did enjoy it It was a sweet story and oh yeah we get the HOT sex at the end Very important Finally I've read a MM romance with a Latino and a white guy as the loving couple The setting is San Antonio TX Given the number of people who are HIspanic from New York to California there is a paltry number of MM romances or gay fiction involving Hispanic characters and even fewer with Latino guys Not only is the white kid's love interest Latino his best friend is a Latino girl and she is a force to be reckoned withThis is a YA book with the main characters of Truman and Javi Truman's parents are a sympathetic but strict mother and a homophobic alcoholic physically abusive stepfather view spoilerwho thankfully while drunk drove his car into an oncoming tractor trailer truck and it's so long evil stepdad hide spoiler 35 waffling stars This is a very sweet easy read I loved Zavi and Claudia They really added humor in all the right spots And you had to feel for Tru even if he felt unreal The kid had been through a lot and that was what felt unreal He was practically perfect no side effects of his trying life no hatred no emotion at allI really had a problem with the perfection of this story the parents acting as they did about coming out publicly and threatening to tear them apart if they broke the sex rule and the one story line was a bit Gleeish to meThe final thing I had issue with was how perfectly adult the sex scenes leaned These are high school boys and virgins at that I know adult men who don't think like Tru did He was incredibly knowledgeable for a seventeen year old with no sexual experience whatsoeverOther than those niggles which are my own opinions of course this was a sweet story and very very low on the angst Rereading 8311612% I love Javi This guy is awesomeI realized when it came to love age didn’t matter Its power transcended such triviality Because once true love took hold it never let goThis uote from the book sums up everything 91614 original read dateThis was a great great read I absolutely loved this book I would recommend this to everyone This story is told from the POV of Truman Tru Cobbler He is someone who gets bullied on a daily basis til he meets and becomes friends with Javier Javi Castillo It's a story that starts with friendship that turns into a relationship My heart broke for Tru because I have been there in high school where people feel it's ok to bully for the sake of it I'm really thinking about having my son read this to learn about tolerance and how words do hurt I just hope everyone has a Javi in their life I absolutely loved him While he struggled with his feelings it was the wonderful writing that made you feel for him I cannot gush enough about itI found a new author to love Tru and Javi take us on a journey of discovery and falling in love as a couple they were sweet There was not as much drama as I was expecting in this read in fact the majority of the story is sweet and light There is some drama at the beginning and end but while it was well told I felt I'd missed out on the build up in betweenFor me the focus on this story was Tru and Javi's feelings rather than Tru's life of being bullied In fact apart from once at the beginning we are only told that Tru is bullied we don't actually see it so it was hard for me to feel as much for him as I expected While this was a good strong story it fell just a little short of the mark for me Audiobook reviewI’m normally not a fan of YA novels any the teenage angst and drama tends to be too much for me Being True called to me though There was something about it even reading the blurb made me feel that this wasn’t the run of the mill YA story there was to it than that Truman Tru was starting a new school – again It was his sixth His looks makes him stand out and not in the good way He’s compared to the donkey in Shrek often enough had his head shoved in the toilet and been beaten up often enough that he doesn’t have much hope that this school would be different And in a way it wasn’t – and it was He met Javi a jock and most popular guy in school The two become fast friends – causing confusion in the rest of the school I’m guessing most of us remember how it was being a teenager The cliues the social rules the fear of being different the fear of someone finding out your secrets no matter what said secret was Tru and Javi being friends broke all the rules – and I admire them for standing tall and not caving Being open with their friendship There was no hint of Javi wanting to hide Tru he liked everyone for who they were and in a high school student that’s remarkable and admirable There’s a lot of bullying and homophobia here It’s never easy to listen to or read about and I think Flores handled it with great respect and sadly with a lot of credibility He never gets preachy but shows us that we only have to say no to intolerance to enforce change Being True wasn’t all angst and bullying It was also a great story about friendships I loved Claudia and would have loved to see of this fierce young lady But than that it was a coming of age story discovering who they were and what they wanted and trying to navigate life and the new feelings that arose I really enjoyed it I’m going to start by saying that I don’t think that Mark Westfield was the best choice of narrator for this book I don’t mean that his performance was lacking in any way because it really didn’t But this was a YA story and his deep and kind of grovely voice just didn’t fit the narrative These boys were seventeen years old and not 35 Ignoring the awkward fit Westfield is a talented performer and definitely knows what he’s doing I loved the pacing and intensity it was just right He also distinguished between the different characters making it easy for the listener to follow the story I loved the special effects like when Tru spoke in the microphone or when someone called out from another room It’s not something huge and it’s only every now and then but for me it makes such a huge difference to the feel and atmosphere of the bookAll in all this is definitely a book I’d recommend to others it’s worth the time and heartache Because in the end True Love does conuer all A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review AudibleRounded up to 3 stars Truman is 17 in his last year of high school and this is his 6th school in as many years Due to his small stature he is the object of bullying and his poor single mother can do nothing than move them to help the situationJavi is the star of the baseball team and a genuinely nice great guy part of a loving familyAfter Tru gets beat up again on the first day by Javi’s best friend Javi rescues him and takes him home to his family where he is immediately embraced into the foldAfter that day Javi and Tru become best friends Javi protects him as well as really enjoys his company than the other kids think he shouldWhen push comes to shove Javi has to face the fact that he has feelings for Tru admittedly gay but not out officially After facing the truth he has to decide what to do with the information but before he can decide things have heated up at school to the point where it may already be too lateOMG I loved this story I’m not a huge YA fan but I really love Jacob Flores and Mark Westfield so I decided to give this a try Boy am I gladFirst since this is their last year in HS most of what the boys are dealing with is adult enough not to feel awkward when it comes to relationship stuffSecond Jacob Flores is an excellent writer and he does an excellent job of creating two believable characters in situations that feel authentic Javi is perhaps a bit too good to be true but every story needs a hero and he is an absolutely wonderful oneThere are plenty of “bad guys” in this story including most of Javi’s “friends” from the baseball teamTru is another wonderful character who just keeps trying and trying He never gives up and I really liked that he didn’t perseverate on the future or have dire thoughts of suicide He truly lived in the now and simply focused on doing the best with what he was given in that momentClaudia the BFF is another fantastic character – serving to give some attitude to the couple who are so sappily sweetI also loved that most of the characters in this story were non caucasian but that race really wasn’t made much of an issue – if anyIt was a super sweet and lovely story and I highly recommend itAudioMark Westfield who I really admired in the THIRDS books disappointed me with this He does a nice enough job and is easy to listen to he gives Javi’s folks a bit of an accent but I think that someone like Gomez Pugh would have rocked this as most of the characters in this were Hispanic and I think accents would have made this sound like I had it scripted in my headThat being said it was a nice if not amazing way to listen to this book and did not detract True rating 2 stars rounded to 3 ONLY because of one nice thing the author did SO I'll average it out with 25 starsWasn't crazy about the book as a whole but I ADORE that the author had Tru telling off all the kids at school who barged into the hospital waiting room claiming to support Javi I ABSOLUTELY ADORE that Tru didn't shut up shut down or forgive I ABSOLUTELY ADORE that Tru called them all out in the ferocious way that he did he took no prisoners gave zero fucks and threw them out D And I ADORE that I gave an extra whole star just for this author making that move and for not being a ridiculous bleeding heart the way some authors preach that pisses me the fuck off like nobody's business Thank you DEDIT HATED THAT TRU AND JAVI WANTED TO ASK THE JUDGE FOR LENIENCY FOR THAT PSYCHOPATH RANCE o way to destroy the glad AUTHOR 4 12 starsFor some reason I had been putting off reading this book Maybe something in the blurb subconsciously turned me off or something I don’t know Anyway finally got around to reading it and I’m glad I did The story could not be any sweeter or heartwarming It’s definitely a YA MM Romance but it’s so well written that anybody can enjoy it The story about the new geek in school who gets bullied and somehow becomes friends with the most popular boy in school and then falls in love with him is not an original story However it’s extremely well told and both Truman and Javier were engaging character and easy to relate toI particularly like the author’s irreverent style of writing and his one liners and puns Overall a very good read