Just by Looking at Him: A Novel

Written by:
Ryan O'connell
Narrated by:
Ryan O'connell

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2022
6 hours 34 minutes
From the star of Peacock’s Queer as Folk and the Netflix series Special comes a “funny, tender, and beautiful” (Gary Janetti, New York Times bestselling author) novel following a gay TV writer with cerebral palsy as he fights addiction and searches for acceptance in an overwhelmingly ableist world.

Elliott appears to be living the dream as a successful TV writer with a doting boyfriend. But behind his Instagram filter of a life, he’s grappling with an intensifying alcohol addiction, he can’t seem to stop cheating on his boyfriend with various sex workers, and his cerebral palsy is making him feel like gay Shrek.

After falling down a rabbit hole of sex, drinking, and Hollywood backstabbing, Elliott decides to limp his way towards redemption. But facing your demons is easier said than done.

“With his singular voice and unforgettable wit” (Steven Rowley, author of The Guncle), Ryan O’Connell presents a candid, biting, and refreshingly real commentary on gay life, laugh-out-loud exploration of self, and a rare insight into life as a person with disabilities.
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Xan D.

Funny, sexy, intimate, messy, introspective, deeply personal and also relatable, I binge-listened :) I love when authors read their own books too. Looking forward to Ryan's next projects!

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Thea G.

I love that the author reads so fast! Incredible book, very honest and touching and hilarious

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