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From the Inside Out

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Shy, closeted college student and part-time barista Soren prefers to keep to himself, despite the urgings of family and friends to break out of his routines and live a little more. He likes things exactly as they are: school is going well, he has his study-buddy Sloane, long-distance best friend Liz, his online friend Tru, and a ridiculously hot boss to stare at longingly. ...more
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Published December 26th 2012 by Less Than Three Press LLC (first published December 25th 2012)
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Mandy*reads obsessively*

This is a story I really liked and probably could have loved.
It had two interesting main characters going through a lot of developments and maturing.
Soren the oldest of 5 children and 20 yrs old and Lucas is an only child with an overbearing dad and chilly step-mother and he's 19.
Soren could be described as very quiet, shy and introverted, Lucas is very open, outgoing, a flirt and has had a few hook-ups and 2 more serious relationships.
How they meet and start dating was interesting, the t
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comfort-reads
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Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
It's a nice story but the writing style threw me off a bit and dragged at some points for me. The book is written from Lucas and Soren point of view. Soren and Lucas attend the same university and work at the same Starbucks. They started chatting online, unaware that they both work in the same place. They agree to meet in person and realized that they are coworkers. Lucas is bi, so Soren had issues believing that he was enough for Lucas. Eventually, they begin to date and have a relationship. So ...more
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, contemporary
A beautiful and sweet (in a really good way!) story about first love and coming out. But the book needs some editing – and not because it was too long.

Other than that I fully agree with Anke's review (spoiler!). :)
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, humour
The first thing I noticed about this book is how incredibly LONG it is. I'm used to reading long books, but those are usually fantasy or historic novels where it takes quite an amount of time to ease the reader into the world that is created and described. I bought this book because of the blurb, it seemed interesting, but it was the length that kept me from reading it for a while. I thought, this just has to be boring at some point, too lengthy, too drawn-out.
The thing is, it wasn't. Talya And
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have waited far too long to write this review. I fell completely in love with Soren and Tru both. Probably the highest compliment I can pay to you is that I felt those two boys were REAL. I never once felt like I was reading a fictionalized account of anything. I felt like I was sitting in the coffee shop, watching their relationship develop. Everything was so perfect, from the way Soren ties back his hair, to his mannerisms, his quiet demeaner, all put together so carefully to describe this l ...more
Natalie Logue
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-romance
If you ever read a romance and thought "this all happened way too fast" then try this book out for a spin. Not only the romance have a burning backstory, but the actual falling in love and development of the relationship is almost painfully slow. It is one of the rare romances I didn't manage to finish in the space of a couple of hours. In fact, if I'm honest, I haven't even finished it yet, but I'm super close.
The major props for this story are the verisimilitude of the characters, And I mean
A nice story, a cute romance. But too long for the events that happen in this book. What I appreciated most was that one of the protagonists was bisexual, and that's a rare thing in the m/m books published these days. ...more
Sasha Miller
I loved this story, NEGL. I started reading it one night figuring I could read it over the course of a week or two, and ended up staying up until the wee hours of the morning when I couldn't make my eyes focus anymore. ;3

Soren is a sweetheart, and I related to him a lot. He doesn't know what he wants to do with his life, and he's sort of coasting along, flying under the radar with his family, his (non-existent) love life, and his future. Then Tru, his online chat partner, suggests they meet up
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had first read this story when it was a fan fiction and fell so in love with it. I think I read it three or four times before it was removed from the website so it could be published. I am so excited that this story has been published and so happy that I can have my very own copy that I can read over and over and over again.

Just like the first few times that I had read this, I loved it this time just as much. I absolutely love the characters, the storyline, and the whole pace of the story. Th
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, lt3press
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Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
This book had 200 pages too much.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
2.5 Stars. Review to come.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Soren is a very shy college student, the eldest of 5 kids in a middle class family, he has often gone without things he wanted for his family or his siblings. He goes to school, goes to work, studies with his friend and coworker Sloane, chats online with his friend Liz and an online friend Tru. At 20 years old, he’s not sure what he wants to do beyond school, aside from not working retail forever, and he struggles with knowing he is gay, but has not come out to his family, only Liz, Sloane and T ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5. Long, skimmed a lot. Read on iBooks from ZL
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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Soren is shy and quite; he has his job as a barista, he has his close friend Sloane and he has his school, but he breaks out of his shell one day and agrees to meet with his online friend Tru. The meeting doesn’t go as planned and Soren is left wondering just what he should do next. Lucas is a shift supervisor barista and has never really noticed Soren before, but after arranging a date with an online friend,
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having seen reviews complaining about the way this book lagged, I read it thinking that it was going to drag on. Any minute now. Surely it was going to get boring and I would start to skim. Then I realized I was 85 percent of my way through the book, and I only wanted to read more! Yes, the story is a slow build, but that's part of what makes it so lovely. It's not a wham, bam, thank you ma'am (or sir) romance where boy meets boy, they face a danger and fall into bed together. I read and love th ...more
I'm not usually one for young adult books but I really enjoyed this one. The characters were great and it was wonderful getting to see them change over the course of the story. Soren was so introverted and unwilling to put himself forward at the beginning and Lucas had lost himself somewhere between the loss of his last serious relationship and toeing his father's line; seeing both of them come together and bring out the best in the other was great.

I absolutely loved how it was Soren repeatedly
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
You know how there are movies that have a premise and characters that really pull you in, but sometimes there are issues with consistency that would hurt the movie it you didn't take a step back and just look at from an overall perspective? (Like Sharknado - Why does the water level change scene to scene?) This book has a little of that. I love the characters and I want them to overcome obstacles and get together and be happy. When I read a single chapter, I can get totally immersed in the chara ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this story. I knew this author's other stories and I was sure it will be a good reading, she didn't disappoint me. But.. there were moments when I felt like the story had lost it's dynamics. I missed there something and wasn't sure what it was, maybe it was too much detailed, a bit too long. Sometimes I just fell from the hook and then after while I was captivated again, that's why I gave it only 4 stars, not 5.

I loved the characters. They were truly believable young people, no heroes. I
Mari  Cardenas
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved this book so much! Most of the characters are engaging, and their reactions to the situations they go through are very realistic. I fell in love with Soren and Lucas and their journey towards love and finding who they both are and what they want. The book is long, but it didn't take me all that long to read, especially the second half of the book, I devoured it. The slow build-up of the Soren and Lucas' romance and the troubles they fall into, both at work, with Soren's mom and with friend ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really good, LOOOONG read that wraps you up in the characters' struggles and pulls you along. A very different book from Signal to Noise which I had read earlier and very much enjoyed, but this was almost as enjoyable. I think StN's sci-fi theme trumps it for me, but as this is contemporary I find it works well in that genre and compares with some of the best of it.
It reminded me quite a bit of Tigers and Devils, and that is a compliment, of course. The ongoing themes of love, coming out and f
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lovely read, thought the mother was a bit of a psycho to be honest with no real redeeming qualities and I would have really liked to have seen her brought to task a little more but other than that the book kept me happily occupied for a couple of days, thank you.
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
It was too long, for what the story and emotion it tried to portray anything near 200 pages would have been well received. The story dragged too much, it made the reading experience dull and predictable.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
3 1/2★'s ...more
T.T. Kove
The book was okay, but I couldn't get over how much I detested the mother through the entire story. ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for sharing your talent with us! I enjoyed every single word you've written. I can't wait until your next work gets published. Keep up the good work. ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Could have used some editing, but was enjoyable.
I admit that I skimmed at bit at places because it was painfully slow at times. I did get through it, though. Would I read it again? Not sure.
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