Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “You Are Here” as Want to Read:
You Are Here
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

You Are Here

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Winner! Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award - General Fiction

All Peter Bankston ever wanted to do was paint.

An aspiring painter, Peter scratches out a pauper's living in San Francisco, wanting nothing more than to be left alone. Instead, he finds himself getting involved with not one but two very different men.

Like Peter, getting involved with another man is the last
Paperback, 334 pages
Published August 2012 by iUniverse
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about You Are Here, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about You Are Here

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.25  · 
Rating details
 ·  59 ratings  ·  18 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of You Are Here
My typical favorite book or movie has a hot ripped alpha male (preferably tatted and scarred), some form of hand-to-hand combat or assault rifle, explosions, sex, murder and mayhem. You Are Here has none of these elements but for some reason I couldn't put it down. When I ask myself why I enjoyed this particular book so much my answer is simple - the writing and the characters. There's no complex plot or tragic twist at the end of the book - it's just a straightforward story about a man named Pe ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
On the plane back from hiking in Bryce and Zion NP's I was all tuckered out but didn't feel like sleeping. So I pulled out my iPad to see what books were waiting to be read and found "You Are Here" and for the duration of the flight I was once again enjoying the writing of Chris Delyani. I'll have to go back and read "The Love Thing" again to decide which one I like more. The two books definitely have similarities in having a young main character who's relatively new to SFO, struggling financial ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
First of all, I'm glad my friend urged me to buy this book. Second, I am glad I stuck through the frustrating Google book process. For some reason I had it in my head that this was a menage and I am happy to say that it was not. As a warning to some of my friends: there is an episode of cheating.

There were times I was a bit confused as to who all the various characters were and how they related to one another. Mostly, I was amazed at Mr. Delyani's ability to weave the interactions of those char
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This book was lovely. The thing I like about Chris Delyani is that his books are just. . .more. They're not your typical romance. They're not even all that steamy, really. But it totally works. Because you're dealing with characters who are making mistakes and are going through some hard things in their lives, and nothing is easy, which is more true to life than most books you read. Here, Delyani gives a story about chance and fate and maybe a little destiny, but mostly about how we m ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, favorites
I loved Mr. Delyani's first book The Love Thing very much.
It was a very long wait till he released this second book. And I must say, the waiting has been totally worth it!
You Are Here was a cleverly written love story. The MC was very lovable. What I liked best about this book was that none of the characters were exactly what you thought they were at the beginning.

For some people who may have problems with menage. No worry, there's no menage in the book although the blurb may lend you think so
I have mixed feelings about this book, mostly because of expectations. For some reason, I had the impression You Are Here was a light, funny contemporary romance. I have no idea why I thought that, but I kept the idea in my head I had read that somewhere. Then as I started reading it, I kept thinking was this going to be a ménage? Read some reviews and absolutely not. OK, so it’s not a ménage, its' got some angst, but it is contemporary. However, this isn’t something I could see ever, ever rerea ...more
Elisa Rolle
You Are Here is like a carousel developing in the Castro district in San Francisco. It all starts with Peter, wanna-be artist who is working as a waiter in a local coffe-store; painful shy, he just left home back in Chicago probably with the dream to be finally free in the gayer city in US, San Francisco; but nothing is simple, and Peter will find out there are people not so good, like Donald, the business man who brings him home one night, and Jeff, is strange roommate.

Donald’s own roommate, My
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a story teller, Chris Delyani is a Master. “You Are Here” is Chris’ second novel behind his first, “The Love Thing.” Like I said, Chris is a Master and both of these stories are truly Masterpieces of exquisite and emotional works of art.

I came out of the closet at the tender age of 16 and I am presently 53. In all those years, I’ve known many “Nicks, Miles, Bens, Jeffs and Stuarts,” but I don’t think I’ve ever known a “Peter.” Nor have I ever been like Peter.

Peter, like Greg in “The Love Thin
I enjoyed this book. A few of the characters are just despicable. Others start out bad, and then reflect and grow. And yet still are they are likable. Ben did the most growing on me, though he had moments of melodrama that made me roll my eyes. Peter was great, I really liked him. I never bought the relationship with Nick, it seemed like it happened out of guilt or care-taking or something other than actual want or love. Nick was just a prick. He wasn't all bad but his good moments weren't enoug ...more
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An engaging read with many twists and turns, this novel explores the road to love and its occasional potholes. Peter is the center of the story, a lonely young man escaping his challenging family by moving to San Francisco. (The mother in me wanted to feed him and give him a hug.) Peter needs rescuing a few times but by the end of the story his strength shines through. In addition to the main characters, Peter, Nick, and Miles, there is a great cast of other characters who round out the story. N ...more
Maggie Simms
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bastard-mc, cheating, gay
I bought this book based on my Amazon recommendations. Since I barely read the blurb and didn't read the reviews, I didn't know what to expect. I wish I would have done so before buying the book.

I was lost for the first part of the book, and about gave up at the 20% mark. There were a LOT of characters with different vignettes of scenes that I only assumed would come together eventually. Because of the constant switching, I found that was not vested in the story. It was a bit like watching the
Julie Antle
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real page Turner.

I really enjoyed reading the story about these men and how their relationships intertwined.
The author's ability to use such descriptive information about the characters and their surroundings is quite amazing.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-glbt
3.5 stars
Once you get past the first few chapters and all the characters start coming together (There are A LOT of characters) I really enjoyed the story.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Reviewed for Rainbow Gold Reviews. A copy was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

I previously started reading the paperback, and somehow was distracted from it. Shamefully, it took me a little while to pick it back up, but when I finally did, I had to wonder why I didn’t read it sooner. From reading the blurb, I had hoped it would be a menage, but thought it would have a love triangle. It’s definitely not the first, but I can’t call it a triangle either, because there was no b
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I found that this story starts out at a slow pace and (as in real-life) continues without whirlwind transformation of characters or explosive action. However, throughout Peter's journey from seeming transparency to personal confidence we are allowed to enjoy his metamorphosis through not only his eyes, but those of the two acquaintances that make up and stir the social soup of his sedate life. both Miles and Nick have their own individual problems as well and the interactions between the threeso ...more
Avery W.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book as a part of the Goodreads First Reads program. This is my honest review.

The whole thing just wasn't that interesting. The characters were all flat, the plot wasn't very exciting, and the dialogue mostly consisted of idle chatter. While I was reading, I regularly wondered why the heck I was reading page after page of boring conversations I could have just as easily picked up by eavesdropping at a cafe or something like that. I'm so glad I didn't buy this.

So many pe
rated it liked it
Aug 22, 2018
rated it really liked it
Aug 02, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Sep 14, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Apr 22, 2013
rated it liked it
Sep 19, 2012
David Griffin
rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2015
rated it really liked it
Jan 16, 2013
rated it it was ok
Oct 28, 2012
rated it really liked it
Oct 06, 2017
rated it really liked it
Feb 23, 2015
Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez
rated it it was amazing
Feb 10, 2015
rated it it was amazing
Dec 13, 2014
rated it it was amazing
Oct 18, 2012
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
In 1993 I moved to San Francisco to devote myself to fiction and have been at it ever since. I'm now the author of three novels: The Love Thing (2009), You Are Here (2012), and Best Man (2019). In 2013 You Are Here won a Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award for General Fiction. Best Man has just been announced as a finalist for a 2020 Lambda Literary Award in the Romance category.

You can fin

Related Articles

  Mateo Askaripour is a Brooklyn-based writer whose debut novel, Black Buck—which Colson Whitehead calls a “mesmerizing novel, executing a high...
75 likes · 9 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »