Kris’ New Year’s Readolution 3! To try a different author and/or genre once a month.
Almost Like Being In Love by Steve Kluger
A high school jock and nerd fall in love senior year, only to part after an amazing summer of discovery to attend their respective colleges. They keep in touch at first, but then slowly drift apart.
Flash forward twenty years.
Travis and Craig both have great lives, careers, and loves. But something is missing …. Travis is the first to figure it out. He’s still in love with Craig, and come what may, he’s going after the boy who captured his heart, even if it means forsaking his job, making a fool of himself, and entering the great unknown. Told in narrative, letters, checklists, and more, this is the must-read novel for anyone who’s wondered what ever happened to that first great love.
Why I bought it:
Merwan recommended it when we were talking about the jock and the geek pairing in m/m romance. So, I bought it, loved it and am now gushing about it. You have been warned.
Dislike/like (ending on a high note):
Dislike~ Or more of a warning~ The book is basically an epistolary novel in the form of letters, emails, memos, journal entries, checklists, conversations, exam questions and answers, etc. I was a bit hesitant about this given my mixed feelings about The Letter (or italicised text) in a work; however, I was thoroughly engrossed and, in all honesty, enthralled by the way the story was played out in these documents and media. It was fabulous.
Like~ If you don’t fall in love with the characters of this book there is something seriously wrong with you! They aren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but, by God, are they human and all the more appealing for it. Travis in particular is such a unique, lovable, dorky character – how you can not love someone who gives his students extra credit for helping him with his love life?? – that I predict you’ll just want to yell at him, give him cuddles and then take him where ever he wants to go. He, and his friends’ reactions to him, is what makes this ‘great love’ story convincing.
Dislike~ This is a technical issue, which seems to be a recurring problem for me at the moment so it could be that I just suck at technology. *shrugs* Regardless, my ebook version did loose some of the formatting therefore I was not able to fully appreciate the affect of the epistolary (love this word – it’s my ‘word of the day’) form of the book. For eg, the checklists were just a complete mess. It was poo. Something to think about if you’re dithering between getting it in print or as an ebook.
Like~ This is a story about relationships as much as it is about the ‘one great love’ romance. It is about the friendships we make and the families we create ourselves. If you are anything like me you will gigglesnort your way through Almost Like Being In Love almost as much as you will sigh at the poignancy of it, and, once you’ve finished, you’ll want to open it up and do it all over again. 🙂
So, what I think: Awesome. Loved it. Go get it. It’s a keeper.
Well, what’re you waiting for?? Go on. Scat!
*sigh* Would you just get lost. You’re annoying me and I’ve got a book I want to re-read.
‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.