Social Skills

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
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. More

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About Sara Alva

Sara Alva is a former small-town girl currently living in big-city L.A. with a husband, two cats, and an avocado tree. She recently discovered— after a year in her house— that she also has a fig tree in her backyard, which might mean she needs to get out more. But sometimes the stories waiting to be told demand more attention, and when she puts fingers to keyboard, it’s usually to write about journeys of self-discovery, heartache, personal growth, friendship and love. When she isn’t writing, she’s teaching or dancing.

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Helena reviewed on on July 20, 2014

This book is just perfect in every sense. Like the previous reviewer, I do want more. I think there's enough material, years of college remaining and a lot of unanswered questions for a good sequel. Please write a sequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Eldot reviewed on on April 8, 2013

Thank you, Sara Alva for writing this book. Anyone who reads it will have a good day—maybe a great day. Your characters are interesting, varied, and familiar. Their story is not new—but the way the characters are artfully guided through the challenges—very real challenges—is engaging and at times gripping. I wanted more—I could have spent much more time with the cast of characters. But wisely, I suspect, you did not waver from your purpose; your “argument,” in the Shakespearean sense, is better for that. I ended with a list of questions, but none that had to be answered. They intrigue but do not distract.
The kernel of a series is there; you have created a world with real people and real situations; one expects that a number of stories glimpsed in Social Skills could be spun into a book.
I appreciated the texture and the musical references. Congratulations and plaudits for producing a credible happily ever after story.

(reviewed the day of purchase)
K.M. Frontain reviewed on on Feb. 21, 2013

I really enjoyed this novel. The characters felt very real, both the main ones and support. Connor's painful, stumbling attempts to socialize are poignant, his trouble with overbearing, judgmental parents very real--judgmental as in overly concerned with making an impression on society/neighbours, to the point where happiness is no longer a factor in decisions for a future, the type of judgement that can eat a person alive in slow bites. Brilliant portrayal of oblivious parents who force decisions on their kids for all the wrong reasons.

Jared, whose family is much more generous of spirit, has a more difficult time coming out for entirely different reasons. His struggle is poignant and very well written. It's not simple. It does hurt. There is guilt, even if you do have the full support of your family.

This is a story where gentleness and self-acceptance prevails. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Freddie Moonbeam reviewed on on Feb. 15, 2013

Wow, what a great book! I couldn't stop reading. I really loved the characters, and the story was just so poignant. This is such a great story of self discovery and acceptance. I am looking forward to reading other books by this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Kerry Hernandez reviewed on on Feb. 15, 2013

This was a really great read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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