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Straight Boy

By: Jay Bell
Narrated by: Kirt Graves
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Romance, LGBT
4.5 out of 5 stars (315 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I love him. And I’m pretty sure he loves me back...even though he’s straight. 

When I first met Carter King, I knew he was something special. I imagined us being together, and we are, but only as friends. Best friends! I’m trying to be cool with that, even though I know he has secrets, and there have definitely been mixed signals. I don’t want a crush to ruin what we already have. Then again, if there’s any chance that we can be together, it’s worth the risk, because Carter could be the love of my life. Or he might be the boy who breaks my heart. 

Straight Boy is Jay Bell’s emotional successor to his critically acclaimed Something Like... series. This full-length novel tells a story of friendship and love while skating the blurry line that often divides the two.

©2018 Jay Bell (P)2019 Jay Bell

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This book was a bit of a slow starter but I think that was because I had specific expectations. I ended up loving it. It was what I would describe as YA Thriller with a side of MM. I loved the main character Andrew even if he was a little cliche. He was fun and loving and the kind of friend we would all be so lucky to have. For me this story was about friendship more than love and it left me feeling happy. The ending was perfect and had me cheering!

The narration was perfect. Kirt Graves was a new narrator for me and I WILL be looking for more books narrated by him!

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Wonderful story

Great book, some parts I might of saw coming and others took me by surprise overall the story is great and very interesting

Love Jay Bells work

Felt a little disappointed at the end but here's hopping for a second one or something else from this

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Fantastic slow burn story with fantastic narration

So burnt out on the typical M/M books....what a freaking delight this book turned out to be. Absolutrly EVERYTHING was about the story. Loved this so much. Narrator could not have been better...already knew that from TJ books. This book is a must have! Jay Bell is never fluff. Feelings...uggg!

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phenomenal

honestly one of the best finds on Audible. I was expecting a cheesy gay guy story and in chapter one that's what it seems like. but this author takes a very worn-out motif and turns it into what I can only describe as a phenomenal book. it is heartwarming, heart wrenching, and everything in between that you could want for a coming of age story. it is a definite recommend for anyone and everyone.

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Beautiful

Sensual, exciting, thrilling and still close to the heart. i absolutley love it. Wish it didnt end

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Favorite

Favorite in the series. Excellent, hand ringer. Kirt Graves’ narration made the story double intense. Highly recommended!

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loved it!

Jay Bell always makes me happy with these books. I only wish there were more to the story. Be prepared to cry a couple times and have a box of tissues near by.

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Beautiful

I did not expect that I would love this so much! The genre isnt even my go-to but this story was so beautiful! It started off slow and kinda dragging but Im glad I pushed through it cause the rest of the story took me by surprise! I cried and laughed and ached for Andrew. I enjoyed all the characters but especially Andrew. I think he was a well written character.

The author and narrator are new to me and Im happy I took a chance on them! Going to look up more of their work!

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Jay Bell is amazing!

I loved the something like series and while this story is a bit different it was wonderful. Real characters that we love in a story that makes us feel everything from laughter to crying, suspense to sexual energy. The epilogue gave the story such a sweet ending. I cannot recommend this one enough. If you like Jay Bells other work, you will love it.

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  • Stan
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN
  • 09-10-19

good love story

great story....fell in love with the characters and the connections they had with each other.

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  • Scotty
  • 10-07-19

Powerful and moving story

Straight Boy is a coming of age story about Andrew, who has recently moved to Chicago from Albuquerque for senior year of high school.

The story charts his making friends, and enemies, his hunt for love, and his seemingly straight best friend.

The characters are complex and compelling, and the story balances emption and adventure to keep you interested. I couldn't help become deeply pinvested in Andrew, and felt his heartache and fears over his relationship with Carter. I may have ugly cried. A few times.

This is my first book by this author, and will not be my last! It is not my first book by this narrator, and yet again, Kirt gives a stellar performance, heaping on the emotion, and capturing the teen angst. It will take some time to recover.

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  • Adam Kwiatkowski
  • 07-25-19

A full experience

I’ll be honest, this book is a little shaky at the beginning. There’s a lot of teen drama and pubescent romance in the first few chapters, but the story really rounds out by the end and finishes with some tension and a good message. Would recommend.

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  • A. Listener
  • 05-06-19

Loved it!

After reading several good books, but with disappointing conclusions, lately. This one was a great book, and also left me feeling content.
Also, without spoiling it, it's much more than just a story about a gay boy who has a straight crush. There's some serious issues going on too, which was a pleasant surprise.
I really enjoyed this one. I highly recommend a listen.
The narrator also does an excellent job reading it.

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  • Amir
  • 02-15-19

It’s good

A good story and is quite relatable to me as a young gay man but the story does feel a bit disjointed between the first and second halves

Still a good novel though

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  • Boberic
  • 02-09-19

Enjoyable, with some great moments

it does feel a bit like two separate stories just squashed together at times though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-19

Great loved it.

Great storyline. Couldn’t stop listening to it. Has a few twists and turns which keeps you hooked

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  • Scotto
  • 02-26-19

Brilliant

Where do I start? I know this genre probably isn't one "a man of a certain age" should enjoy but I do and I did. So beautifully written. There is nothing about any of the characters I didn't like. Andrew was mature and kind and funny. Carter is what every straight boy should be. Understanding and empathetic. This is my first Jay Bell book and it won't be my last. And the performance....absolutely flawless. Kirt Graves is by far my favourite narrator. Thank you both SO MUCH.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-20-19

fantastic

it got really personal for me at one point but I'm glad I purchased it