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Publisher's Summary

Finding a guy was easy. Keeping him might be harder than running up a tree.
Kevin McCollum is a high school junior with the usual things on his mind: getting good grades, having fun, and finding a boyfriend. The last one was eluding him until he noticed the "parkour guy". After several days of Kevin pretending to study while watching the attractive teen jump on rocks, run up trees, and do flips, Shin finally comes over to introduce himself. As they start dating, Kevin should've known it wouldn't be that easy.
Shin's parents only want their son to date Japanese boys. When cultures clash and pressures mount, Kevin has no idea how to subvert traditions and Shin's parents to keep the boy he cares about.
Kevin will need to clear some tricky obstacles to make his modern love story a reality.
©2015 Jeff Adams (P)2015 Jeff Adams
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3 out of 5 stars
By Imagine Reviews on 03-23-18

Sweet YA romance

A very YA book. I enjoyed it. The conflict here was one of culture clash rather than sexuality. Shin is of Japanese decent, Kevin is white. Shin’s parents want him to date only Japanese boys. A refreshing prejudice for a change in MM romance.

Good narration, although the narrator tended to aspirate before he spoke and this annoyed me at times.

I was looking for a short, uncomplicated listen and this delivered. No below the belt action here. Very, very YA.

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3 out of 5 stars
By CK on 04-04-18

Narration really helped bump the story up a notch

I had never heard of "parkour" and didn't look it up until after I started listening. So when Kevin called his unknown crush as the "parkour guy," I heard it as "park whore" guy, LOL! In any case, there was some sweetness in this story and I get the YA teenage feelings of insta-love, but the plot didn't quite work for me and Im speaking from my viewpoint as a person of Japanese-American ancestry. Ultimately, even though acceptance of any character being gay wasnt an issue at all in this story, the portrayal of Japanese traditions and characterization leaned too much into stereotypical territory.

Jason Frazier's narration, while not perfect in the Japanese accent/ intonations, did a very good job of infusing personality into the characters and keeping me listening.

I would say give it a shot if you're looking for a short, sweet listen. The story redeems itself in the end.

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