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Antisocial By Heidi Cullinan Antisocial 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 Ston

  • Title: Antisocial
  • Author: Heidi Cullinan
  • ISBN: 9781945116094
  • Page: 263
  • Format: ebook
  • Antisocial By Heidi Cullinan 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 soakA 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 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.
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    1. ~Mindy Lynn~ on said:

      3 starsThis was quite the long read And it felt it It took me a minute to get into it and start enjoying it Until I didn t The relationship between Skylar and Xavier was my favorite part of the book They were very sweet with each other and I liked the pace of how their relationship grew All the manga stuff went over my head I don t follow it or know much to anything about it It was a learning experience, but unfortunately one I couldn t find an interest in This left me a bit bored and being bore [...]

    2. Xan West on said:

      A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI do not recommend this book to ace spectrum readers I discuss why, at length, in my review.This story contains some classic aspects of NA college setting, main characters coming to terms with identity, lots of angst, struggles with family and carving out their own path It has a chosen family aspect, complete with former professor mentor mother figure One of the romantic leads is a grumpy loner artist, and it [...]

    3. ⚔ Silvia ⚓ on said:

      I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.Yet another update Read reviews by readers on the ace spectrum because they have something to say about the ace rep in this book Review updated After reading other reviews which I usually only read after having reviewed the book myself I realized some aspects of this book might be hurtful to some readers I think that will always be a subjective matter and, unless it comes to [...]

    4. Wendy on said:

      I absolutely loved Heidi Cullinan s Carry the Ocean and Shelter the Sea So when I saw that there was a new book coming out by this amazing authorI jumped on it Now I am gonna confess and say that I knew absolutely nothing about this book before I started it, so imagine my surprise and intrigue when I found out that one of the characters is asexual or somewhere on the spectrum I have to admit that I m pretty clueless when it comes to asexuality or anything really, that falls into the grey area of [...]

    5. ren on said:

      ARC acquired through Netgalley.This book, y all This book is absolutely awful.When I first heard about Antisocial, I was excited A m m book with a gray ace character that also had an aroace non binary side character It sounded wonderful It s almost impossible to find m m romance or just romance in general with ace characters, let alone a m m romance with than an ace character, with one of them being aro If ace characters are rare in romance, arospec characters are freaking unicorns, and so are [...]

    6. R * A Reader Obsessed * on said:

      3.5 HeartsI wasn t sure what I was getting into, having no knowledge of manga or anime, but overall, I enjoyed this quasi enemies to lovers story that was rich with self exploration and confirmation.This starts off with Xander He s basically a curmudgeon and totally owns it, eschewing things like hanging out and socializing with his peers, despite him sorta wishing things were different Mostly, Xander simply wants to be left alone to draw, paint, and create However, he s not so lucky, as his sen [...]

    7. Heidi Cullinan on said:

      Cover reveal with exclusive excerpt at HEA USA Today Art by Natsukoworks Design by Kanaxa.happyeverafteratoday 20

    8. Karen on said:

      What I wanted and what happenedt the same thingFirst things first, let s get it out of the way right off the batI am totally a Heidi Cullinan fan I read and loved than a couple of her booksNowhere Ranch, Carry the Ocean, Dance With Me, her Minnesota seriesI ve loved them alld I wanted to love this one truly I didbut I just couldn t.Now the other thing I want to make perfectly clear is that I was given an audio copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review So yes, I listened to this [...]

    9. Bev on said:

      Not my favourite Heidi I have to admit, but this was a delightful opposites attract story of two young guys, as alike as chalk and cheese, trying to find their way as best they can, with little or no parental help, and it tried to teach me an awful lot about Japanese culture yes I m interested, but that s about as far as it goes , manga, anime, grey spectrum sexuality and Japanese food I ve no doubt that readers addicts of yaoi, manga and anime will understand far than I did or honestly want to [...]

    10. Alisa on said:

      2.5 starsI m gonna be odd man out on this I had some major issues This started off really strong and I was enjoying cranky Xander and very serious Skylar getting to know each other They were entertaining to watch as they bumbled around and became friends and then finally admitted they liked each other.As it went on though I started feeling like I was reading a YA book and I deliberately don t read those for a reason While these two were in their early twenties 21 23 they had zero relationship ex [...]

    11. Dia on said:

      3,5 stars rounded up It s my first book by this author and what a discovery it was I already have Carry the ocean and now I think I ll move it up in my TBR I knew close to nothing about manga or anime or even Japanese culture before starting this book I have to admit I got lost with so many details that didn t make sense to me I kind of wanted the story to focus on Skylar and Xander I simply adored these broken characters, both feeling like they didn t fit into the world, both having families w [...]

    12. Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read** on said:

      I will not be reading and reviewing this book for two reasons Please note both reasons come from trusted friends readers who have read the book 1 Harmful asexual rep2 Fetishization of Japanese culturePlease see the review below for detailed information review showARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

    13. Cassandra on said:

      An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Art is not finished, only abandoned Sometimes, you start a book, and a few pages in you get the feeling you had underestimated the importance of it, whether it be the importance of it to you personally or to the world as a whole I did just that with this book, and I did it in both ways.I stumbled upon Love Lessons last year, and ever since I have been a devoted fan of the author Her books are always cute, quirky, romantic, divers [...]

    14. Claire on said:

      An ARC of this book was graciously provided to me through NetGalley Thank you S desu ne according to the author, that s something you say when you don t know what else to say OK, so I never read anything before about asexuality and here is this book waving all sorts of different kinds of ace labels and including not one but two asexual characters Wait I said it all wrong, because if really this book wanted to teach something it would be to not try to label what you see, put everything and everyo [...]

    15. BWT (Belen) on said:

      When I heard Heidi Cullinan was publishing a story with a focus on asexual grey sexuality I was immediately than just intrigued I was desperate to get my hands on Antisocial.Xander Fairchild is an artist who is, in a word, antisocial He eschews social settings with reasons and is determined to spend his last year at Japanese culture soaked Benten college working on his BFA project and creating manga art.Skylar Stone has his own senior project to complete and when circumstances bring him in cont [...]

    16. Atlas on said:

      Belief is powerful and important Without it, we re nothing but ants crawling across the dirt 2 5When I read the last page of Antisocial, I really wasn t sure how to feel about what I had just read At all Antisocial is a male male romance novel that reads like a fanfiction with original characters the characters begin as archetypes, the whole book is weirdly into Japan yet, as far as I could tell, has no Japanese characters, it s really cutesy and then exceedingly sexual, it s serious and deep an [...]

    17. Norah Una Sumner on said:

      Uh So, this book I m just weirded out What started off as a mild cultural appropriation turned out to be this almost extreme fetishization that left me speechless quite a few times I could understand it if one of the characters was actually Japanese or American Japanese but they are two white dudes who think of the Japanese language as a way to turn themselves on It felt objectified and overall wrong I appreciate the way Heidi tried to slowly develop characters and show all of their characterist [...]

    18. A.M. Arthur on said:

      ALL THE STARS.I m a fangirl of Heidi s and I was absolutely thrilled to be offered an ARC of this book I just wish I d read it sooner, because I have so many feels right now As an ace spec person, I truly love seeing characters on the asexual spectrum in fiction, and her depiction of Skylar was a delight I can very much empathize with his feelings over thinking he was ace, not wanting to embrace the label, and being so scared of coming out His entire journey was amazing.And Xander Heidi excels [...]

    19. anna (readingpeaches) on said:

      I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I saw the cover that makes the guys look like manga characters I ignored that sign I should have known better But I wanted to give this book a benefit of a doubt because there were so many positive reviews So many people loved the romance So I thought hey, maybe that cover will make sense in the end It doesn t It only gets worse from there.It gets so bad I actually stopped reading at 65% because I just couldn t [...]

    20. Emily Seelye on said:

      I loved it Xander and Skylar are students at Benten College, which is heavily influenced by Japanese culture Xander is an antisocial art student who needs help creating social media presence for promoting his senior exhibition Skylar is a frat boy who decides his senior project will be to help Xander, after his frat is involved with a prank that destroyed on of Xander s mural They meet at the end of junior year and spend the summer together, working on their senior projects During this time, the [...]

    21. Rafa Brewster on said:

      Reviewed for Just Love ARC received for an honest and fair review Edited to 2 stars to match star rating.I was really torn about this book I enjoyed the first half very much but could ve easily skipped the second half entirely So here s what I loved and what I didn t.I adored the way Xander and Skylar s relationship took root and blossomed so beautifully after their rocky start Their interactions were so sweet and awkward and I alternated between grinning like a fool and sighing like an even big [...]

    22. Eugenia on said:

      Can you fall in love with a book With the spirit of a book I think you can, and I think I did with Heidi Cullinan s Antisocial This was a love story unlike any I have read before It was also one of the most sensual stories I have read in a long time It was erotic It had no sex in the conventional way we tend to define it Somehow, Cullinan made me feel their lovemaking through nothing than a brush stroke upon bare skin.This book was a pure joy to read It was a book about finding oneself, or unma [...]

    23. Sophie on said:

      While I did want to say something like this book simply wasn t my thing I m afraid that it s than just that Reading Antisocial made me extremely uncomfortable because of the way Japanese culture is being fetishized here, and I say that as a white person who loves Japan and has been there several times I can even understand the temptation of an author to want to write about something she clearly likes but all her characters act like, well, like me the first couple of months after I discovered ma [...]

    24. Melissa on said:

      I was provided an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Also, it is still available from NetGalley until October No approval required, just provide a review.I don t even know where to begin with this review because there are so many things I want to say, so I guess I will just jump right in and see what comes out.This book spoke to me in a BIG way And I am not referring to any of the art or manga or shrines that played a part in this story I am talking about Skyla [...]

    25. Cadiva on said:

      3.5 I want to say at the start that this book is beautiful Impeccably researched, detailed in Japanese culture, anime and manga and featuring a love story which goes beyond the normal physical expressions into something soul deep.However, as beautifully written as this book is, it s not a five star read for me only for the simple reason that the whole Japanese culture element of it isn t something I m personally interested in and, as it anchored the whole narrative, I wasn t as engaged in it as [...]

    26. Lindsay M. on said:

      This was truly a beautiful story I m between 4 and 5 stars, but it was very enjoyable with some breathtaking imagery and unique characters that were so, so easy to love And that s saying something, because in general, books featuring characters in college are a pass for me It s a long story, but Heidi Cullinan fills it with rich culture, wonderful character development, and sexual exploration that is intimate and sensual If I have any complaints, it s that the ending felt rushed and view spoiler [...]

    27. Adele on said:

      All of you need to read this book ASAP A huge thank you to Independent Book Publishers Association IBPA via Netgalley for allowing me to read this view in exchange for an honest review.Xander and Skylar are now some of my favourite characters I loved reading about them and getting to know them as only a reader could Having read their story, I can honestly say that Antisocial has become one of my favourite novels.To be quite honest with you, I was drawn to Antisocial because of the cover I though [...]

    28. Lyra on said:

      So This book is unlike anything that I ve ever read before, and I sat on it for a few days before reviewing it.First and foremost, Skylar is gray sexual, meaning he is on the spectrum between asexual and sexual He isn t full blown asexual, neither is he full blown sexual for example, the mere idea of a lot of sex acts that one would simply assume are going to happen in M M romance the ever present blow job, anyone make Skylar uncomfortable So if anyone is looking for either a full on sexual or a [...]

    29. Wendy F on said:

      Goodness, this woman can write romance I swooned and swooned, over and over, until I was a gooey puddle on the floor, made up of only squishy sensations from my heart Antisocial just proved to me that I don t need sex in a novel to lose myself, I need romance This one was had no sex, with Skylar being grey sexual, but my Lord did it have all kinds of romance An author who can make me weak kneed just from hand holding deserves all the accolades I was so committed to these characters I lost myself [...]

    30. Tammy on said:

      If your looking for a read with steamy sexy hot scenes this isn t the book for you To me this book was about emotional and family bonding, walls tearing down, plus at times erotic as hell book Based on the book description you would have thought it was just two characters involved but there was so much to this story I fell in love with the whole group and the one person I didn t care for at first Zelda, turned out to be true rock for Skyler.This book at the end had me I tears I was so emotional [...]

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