Because having a window a little open to let the tiniest bit of air in is better than suffocating for keeping it closed. Find all of my reviews at: Look at that bright and shiny 4. This mixture creates a very complicated character but one that is not always likable. Instead of cute, I got creepy. The last third of the book has a swifter pace than that which precedes it and some reviews I've read said that people found it to be rushed. It can take quite some time to figure yourself out. Actually, the anger set in earlier, I was just hoping things would turn out differently.
All of that stuff he did to Ben and Jace in Ben's college years. Not the reviews, I didn't read any before I read this but the blurb. And about that love story. Check out a free sample below. Our cast in Something Like Summer includes many of the usual cliches: Rich Neglectful Parents, Abusive Controlling Tyrants, People So Liberal in Child Rearing It Borders on Criminal otherwise known as the 'cool parents' who seem okay with treating their kids like inconvenient social equals after a pretentious lecture from a self-righteous teenager. While romantic I suppose, I think Jace as a character deserved better.
The clean writing and editing is a delight to read and the showing tone helps create an even pace to the story. There are so many different ways this novel could have played out with different timing, different decisions for example whether or not to forgive indiscretions, whether or not to admit truth, whether to let fear or love rule us, whether to use our heads or little heads. Ben's evolution as a gay man begins with a teenage crush on Tim, and like imprinting, Tim becomes fixed in Ben's core as the embodiment of the man he loves. Bottom-line: stick a fork in me, I'm done. He refuses to let his love put him in a closet or change who he is. To know something about yourself at a young age that makes you significantly different is an experience that isolates. Due to all of that, I think it would've been a much better book if it had just ended at the end of the high school portion, after Ben and Tim broke up.
If it was there I certainly can't remember it. In Something Like Summer, Ben tells us of his first love Tim , his second love Jace , and his life in between. There are mistakes and regrets, but if we spend all our energy trying to re-capture a moment that is already gone, refusing to move on, we might get stuck without energy to admire the beauty of what may still lie ahead of us. I look forward to the movie! It seems to be devoted to giving Ben another love interest, but the author never really invests anything in Jace as a character. Part 2 starts with a three year jump.
Maybe I'm a masochist, but I liked this story. Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. This isn't going to be a review, review. Jace is completely one-dimensional, bland in every conceivable way: he's always good, always faithful, always loves unconditional. I looked up the translation before Tim explains it and I melted. And high school is just the beginning, which is why this novel also explores the years that follow. Ben, is kind of pathetic.
Take for example Ben's best friend Allison. And not in a satisfying way! When I'm so emotional invested that I'm yelling at the characters, for me that's should be 5 stars. I get that he is angry, I really do, but why the fuck does he have to resort to violence? From the blurb, I got the impression that this would be about Ben and Tim. The reasons are many and varied as the story tries hard to show that love is complex, messy, and never easy. Meh~ Just meh~ This book is basically two books sold as one. There was nary a rational thought in sight.
Honestly, we don't learn anything about Tim. I wish that my children could have the sense of self that he does. I couldn't read through the tears at one point. The love triangle between Ben, Tim, and Jace — although sorry, no threesomes — is honest, genuine, and rather frustrating. I want to give it only 3 but feel it is unfair to do so because the writing was good- I became very emotionally invested in the story, just wished for a different outcome at the end. He is forced to move on and move on he does. The men in my books do stupid things too.
One Sunday, when I was stuck in bed I wanted a book to bring my spirits up so I started this. There's no real emotion in their courtship because the author never wants you to want to see them together. It had a similar plot but resolved differently. Open, loving, out and responsible, Jace is a wonderful character and worthy of Ben's love. But over time it can change. Tim is kind of an ass, but you see enough of his good side to tolerate it. I can tell you this, when I started I was expecting a cute little coming of age tale.
Ben is a great narrator. You know, I thought I'd hit off Pride Month with a cute, heart-wrenching gay romance. But like a good sword, it gets stronger with each fold and hammer blow. Tim's and Ben's relationship doesn't work out and Ben moves on. I wanna say a lot of things!!! Tim Wyman is a new arrival from exotic Kansas and Ben is in lust at first sight. Of course I bought those too. Sucks, but first loves are like that.