When his divorced father remarries, twenty-one-year-old Aaron Wood suddenly finds himself adjusting to living with a stepmom and younger sister. Then his smokin’ hot stepbrother moves in too. A recent college grad, Jordan seems adrift—but Aaron’s sure Jordan feels the same attraction toward Aaron as Aaron does toward him.
Aaron and Jordan begin with teasing, which turns to flirting, which leads to more. Jordan seems happy to fool around with him, but when Aaron insists they put a name to what they’re doing, Jordan pulls away: He’s not gay. He’s not bi. Why is Aaron being so pushy?
Aaron’s still in the closet, and he’s never had a real boyfriend. He knows they could be good together if Jordan could face the truth—but if he keeps pushing, he risks losing Jordan for good.
Are you going to like this book? Really depends on what you are in the mood for.
The majority of the reviews I have seen since finishing this story have not been very pleasing. I could see many of their points. The overwhelming criticism being that the characters and overall tone of the story seemed much younger than the blurb might suggest. I agree 100%.
But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Even though the characters on page are 21, I would have no problem categorizing this story in the YA section. Looking at it from that perspective, I have no doubt that anyone who enjoys YA fiction would find Giving It A Name entertaining. There were many funny inner dialogue moments that made the main character of Aaron quite charming.
The coming out theme definitely seemed geared to a younger crowd. Aaron’s reasoning, and his friends advice seemed oversimplified so as to be very enlightening to teens who were struggling themselves.
Aaron’s complete and instant crush, fits in with the YA tone of the overall story as well. For anyone fearing the pseudo-incest taboo, though, there really is nothing to the step-brother aspect of the story. Aaron’s Dad and Jordan’s Mom get married after 3 years of dating. Jordan and Aaron, both 21 years old, had never met because Jordan was off at college and barely interacted with his family … rarely speaking on the phone aside from holidays. They may technically be step-brothers but are actually complete strangers.
I have no problem at all with how this story was written technically. It flowed well enough that I finished it in no time. And up until about 75% in I was on board with a simple, yet refreshing YA surprise.
It is about this time that I began questioning the direction the author chose to take her characters. While written well, I did not like how Aaron was being treated, and how Aaron was treating other people. I don’t know that I ever warmed to Jordan but now I was starting to dislike Aaron, too.
And, of course, like almost every other review has stated, the book just ended … without giving anything a name.
So, in wondering who I would recommend Giving It A Name to, it would be my YA and/or fluffy readers who would enjoy this story the most. As much as I hate to discourage anyone from giving an author a try, I think the readers looking for a more adult book should probably skip this one in favor of trying her next release.