"...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.