Jay's stories are always so good at showing a character growing into someone better, stronger and/or smarter. Through introspection or exposition he gives us a story we can relate to & I love his work. For this story, in particular, I must admit to a YouTube crush or two. I'm naturally cynical, though, so I call fake or dramatic interpretation on most any video where one pours their heart out. Anything sincere would (or should) be done like Evan did it; low-key & relatively private. His message to Orlando is a good & inspiring one for us all. Know when to move on & get it done. It is hard to realize your love isn't really returned & the person you put so much time & emotion in to isn't worth it, but why do we always waste so much more time trying to make it work before we walk away? I think it's a lesson we all learn at some point, but it was sweet the way that Evan helped things along. Evan's own realization about the Tony situation was too cute & the final pairing really is perfect.
This book leaves one feeling one of two ways. Either realizing what you want in love and don't have, or realizing that what you have in love is golden. There is a very large difference of having an infatuation or crush on someone you might know other than appreciating what you really have in Life. Most people want just to love and be loved. We sometime settle for second or third best for a number of reasons, psyching ourselves that a person Loves us even though their actions speak another way. We become so desperate in love that we don't want to lose what little love is there. It takes more than one person to keep a relationship going. Ask me,I know. The hard way. I was in love with a person so much, I became unaware that it had become one sided. Love is actually blind. When I realized that, restored my self esteem again, and ended a tortured twenty six year relationship with a woman, was I free again to look for that perfect one, a man. Who I thought was my soul mate really wasn't. After I allowed myself to heal, I found out that I could actually be Loved. For myself. As I was, full of imperfections. And I could Love back the same way. Being so comfortable with a person that you can fart in their presence and giggle about it after. Together. As you can see, this book has a very serious effect on me. It talks about love and the difference with being infatuated with a person than being in love. Sex with another man is good, but sex with someone that you LOVE and loves you back is precious. I noticed a lot of people underlined a lot of sentences. This book made me think and appreciate what I have and to cherish it . And to remember what I had and didn't have. Or what I want in love. Jay Bell made me look at myself and and my while love life, from marriage with a woman, to a real LOVE with a man. Be prepared to examine yourself and your lovers when you read this book...sometimes we find love after we stop looking for it so hard. And sometimes we don't. Love might be staring at us right in the face, we might be looking in the wrong direction. And kissing the man we love is sublime. I gave it five stars.
"...I was in the dark. I was falling hard, with an open heart...I’m wide awake and now it’s clear to me, that everything you see, ain’t always what it seems..." ~ Katy Perry
Evan, from 'Like and Subscribe' by Jay Bell, is totally enamored with a guy on the internet. To add a note of credibility, he knows Tony is a real person because they went to high school together, although they weren't friends. All he sees on YouTube is this gorgeous guy with a kick-ass body, charming personality, and what appears to be exceptional sensitivity.
When he runs into Tony at a party, he can't believe his luck, but after spending some time with Tony, he begins to question how much of Tony's persona is genuine. Evan tries to give him the benefit of the doubt; but finds it increasingly difficult not to be disillusioned with him. One of Evan's major concerns his obviously one-sided open relationship with his boyfriend, Orlando. He sees the pain in Orlando's eyes and it takes all the excitement out of being with Tony but it's painful to give up on a dream. Evan and Orlando both see Tony's potential, but are sadly forced to admit he is never going to live up to it. He's never going to be the man that Evan or Orlando need to be happy.
This is an endearing love story which, although it may be short in length, is certainly not short on insight and significance. Jay packs in a lot of meaning and purpose in his prose while presenting the issue of needing to see clearly during the time at which it's especially difficult to do so, with matters of the heart. I recommend this tasty morsel of wisdom and entertainment to everyone who believes that true love will find a way. Thanks, Jay, for sharing your gift with the world. Originally reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews.
This story has the typically sharp, realism and emotional intelligence of Jay Bell's other books. It's amazing what Jay can do with just 54 "pages." As usual I am left panting for more and searching for a similar reading and emotional experience in what is becoming a wasteland of poor character development, bad sex scenes with silly "males” and with equally silly and unbelievable premises.
Like and Subscribe reminds me of the beautiful men (well boys) I loved from afar in high school. Like Evan, I was always looking at the wrong one. Evan's figured it out in short order even if he couldn't believe he was going against what he thought he wanted. Instead, of going with what was easy (suprise!) and obvious, he went with what was behind door number 2.
So what if this was more than worth than the .99 I paid. (.99 REALLY??) It just wasn't enough-- Please, Jay--Orlando and Evan require more space and time. Charge what you want...I'm buyin'!