4.5 Stars What You Are by Erin E. Keller #MM #ComingofAge @Erin_Autor


Title: What You Are
Author Name: Erin E. Keller
Publication Date & Length: February 8, 2015 – 143pgs


Alex walks down the road of his life, apparently without any detours. He has a job, friends, a nice apartment and a girlfriend who meets his needs. A smooth life lived on a smooth road.

But when Daniel shows up at his door, Alex meets the first bump in the road — which turns out to be more like a boulder — in his way.

Daniel is a gorgeous, warm, affectionate man, one who will force Alex to deal with something that happened years ago, something that made him take the safe route through life. With Daniel, he finally realizes that he’d shut down his true self, he begins the most difficult part of his journey — the one that could take him to Daniel and to happiness.



This was a story that is probably more boys’ stories than I’d like to admit. It was touching, soul searching, loving and forgiving.

I really enjoyed this story because the characters were so realistic in their reactions, feelings, their interactions with each other. It made for such a great story – but I am sorry that this is one that many boys go through.

Alex’s character rang so true – Alex struggled all his life to find himself. His friends were both loving and forceful when it came to Alex’s outbursts.

Daniel was a man who was comfortable with himself, but not necessarily happy.

When the two roommates clash – not only do they clash personally, they clash emotionally as well. The characters (even the friends) of this story were so great in that the author allowed the reader to see from each perspective.

I really thought Keller did an amazing job with this story and it had a great resolution.



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