The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart.
Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.
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By Empty on 12-08-18
SPOILER A little undeserved
It was a cute story, but--
One of my biggest pet peeves in love-chevron stories (I don't like to call them triangles since that implies a third connection) is where a deus ex machina removes one of the choices. This story has two; twice something convenient happens that allows the main character to not have to make a difficult choice. This is made more annoying because the book is self-aware that the first was a deus ex machina: it addresses the emotions surrounding why the main character wanted the convenience to happen and concludes with character growth. The second then reads like a fan-fic who didn't like the original decision and tacks on a sad-but-understandable alternate ending.
I intend to listen to Like Winter and Like Autumn because the concept of multi-perspectives is really intriguing, and I really hope that Autumn helps to make the ending feel less abrupt and undeserved.
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By Orlando on 26-06-13
Stick with it.
At first, I thought this was the typical teenage coming of age story. It definitely started out that way. The first half is tender and sweet, young love at in all it's glory. In the second half, the book grows up, just like the characters. Life gets in the way, there's tragedy, loss and reward. Can you love more than one person at a time? Do first love's last? I ended up enjoying the book more than I thought I would. So, stick with it. Its rewarding in the end.
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By Donald on 05-10-13
More than meets the eye...
From the book cover I assumed that this was a ‘coming out’ or ‘coming of age’ story akin to the many tales of teenage angst already described in a variety of other books but I was pleasantly surprised. Within this book a story of desire, lust, love, friendship, realization, acceptance, delusion, and growth set to describe the life of Ben, our protagonist. Ben’s own inner growth as well as his relationships with Allison, Tim, and Jace make this tale one that must not be missed. I actually loved this story…an entire gambit of emotional responses were elicited by the words of the author, Jay Bell. Kevin Frees’ narration brought the characters to life in such a way that one’s imagination was able to be transported to the world with which they exist. I do not wish to give too much away, but the dynamic of the three principal relationships—Ben & Allison; Ben & Tim; and Ben & Jace—and how they became intertwined makes this a very enjoyable journey. A MUST!!!
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