Found (I See Things in Blue, Book 7) by Samuel Alexander; Narrated by Michael Mola

The realism of this novel is so beautifully written and presented in audio!

From the Found blurb:

Anxious, nervous, and a bit on edge, Dario is stepping into his new normal. Trying to embrace his true self is a daunting task: his non-relationship with his father goes further south; he can’t seem to get past the walls he built to hide from himself and his parents, and the closer he gets to the goal the harder it seems to attain.

Despite the depressing odds, Dario moves forward intent on taking Kevin with him. Kevin is funny, confident and all sorts of cute. He sees the greatness in Dario that Dario’s friends have been trying to make him see in himself for years. Kevin finds the real Dario before even he can.

The way Dario feels around Kevin is new, strange, and exciting. What they share should be fun but anxiety and Dario’s old belief system threaten to kill this connection before it begins. Will his parents' influence continue to block his efforts with Kevin? Will the damage of the fake Dario undo his efforts to become whole? Is freedom only a dream and not something for him to own?

These are just some of Dario's fears, but there is one truth he can latch onto; if Kevin could find the person buried deep inside of him, why couldn’t he?

NOTE: Found is the final installment in the series and it picks up exactly where the previous ended. It's recommended to read this series in order as some parts are also different vantage points over the same time.

Nedra's review:

An emotionally powerful story of finding yourself and staying true. The reality of this book made it that much better, the struggles Dario went through to overcome all his pain was heartbreaking, and Kevin being his muse was the best ending ever!

The narration was awesome as always. Adding all characters together and still differentiated between them all was nothing short of amazing! This is definitely one that will be remembered for a long time and will continue to inspire others.

Alyssa P's review:

The final chapter of Dario's story showcases growth and acceptance of identity, biracial status, and sexuality. Despite Dario's insecurity, he learns to ask for help. Overall, the story is a delightful coming-of-age and healing journey. The narrator did a nice job conveying the emotions of the characters and distinguishing the voices. Michael Mola is a new narrator to me, but I may check out his future and past work.

Found is currently available as an audiobook, e-book and paperback