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Zwei Jungs im Sommer PDF, ePub eBook Love, like everything in the universe, cannot be destroyed. But over time it can change. 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 w Love, like everything in the universe, cannot be destroyed. But over time it can change. 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.

30 review for Zwei Jungs im Sommer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    2.5 Stars. Here. *hands over GR membership card* It’s at this point that it’s clear I’M the issue. Everyone LOVED this book. Me? I’m just barely above strongly disliking it. I’ll try to do this without any major spoilers: * I didn’t find teenaged Ben or Tim to be that likeable or charming. * The entire “Part 2” portion was slow and boring. * I hate love triangles. * Adult Tim is creepy, overbearing, desperate, borderline pathetic and a stalker. * Adult Ben is irresponsible, overly emotional, inapprop 2.5 Stars. Here. *hands over GR membership card* It’s at this point that it’s clear I’M the issue. Everyone LOVED this book. Me? I’m just barely above strongly disliking it. I’ll try to do this without any major spoilers: * I didn’t find teenaged Ben or Tim to be that likeable or charming. * The entire “Part 2” portion was slow and boring. * I hate love triangles. * Adult Tim is creepy, overbearing, desperate, borderline pathetic and a stalker. * Adult Ben is irresponsible, overly emotional, inappropriate, and unfaithful. * Jace is perfect. * The writing was ok, but the storyline ALL over the place. * And, and…I will be annoying and say…I TOTALLY CALLED THAT ENDING…for some reason, I just knew that’s what was going to happen exactly as the last few chapters played out… The fact that I didn’t shed a tear when so many of my GR friends were, as they put it, a “weeping mess”…well, if ever I questioned being cold & dead inside, this might prove it true…not a tear dropped…but maybe some f-bombs dropped in frustration. But don’t listen to me…I’m alone on an island…(and PS – I probably WILL read “Something Like Winter”…because I’m curious…and I just like to torture myself…)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *1.5 stars* HOLY CRAP. This book exhausted me in every way. This isn't going to be a review, review. I'm simply just going to blurt out some thoughts. Some will be spoiler-tagged. *Help me organize my thoughts, Beyoncé* Tim is an obsessed, narcissistic stalker. All of that stuff he did to Ben and Jace in Ben's college years. *fumes* I see some of my fellow readers loving Tim, but I can't even COUNT the number of times I've bitch-slapped him in my head. His face is all red and ugly looking right n *1.5 stars* HOLY CRAP. This book exhausted me in every way. This isn't going to be a review, review. I'm simply just going to blurt out some thoughts. Some will be spoiler-tagged. *Help me organize my thoughts, Beyoncé* Tim is an obsessed, narcissistic stalker. All of that stuff he did to Ben and Jace in Ben's college years. *fumes* I see some of my fellow readers loving Tim, but I can't even COUNT the number of times I've bitch-slapped him in my head. His face is all red and ugly looking right now. Jace is a doormat who is too perfect. That's right, I said it. He is TOO PERFECT. If my man (view spoiler)[cheated on me (hide spoiler)] I would do soooo much more than just (view spoiler)[shrug and say that everything was okay and that I understand. (hide spoiler)] He treated Ben like a freakin' prince and all he got in return was to be (view spoiler)[killed off in the end like an inconvenience. (hide spoiler)] I wanted Jace to ditch them ALL, and run off in to sunset with someone else. Ben is a (view spoiler)[cheating (hide spoiler)] , dramatic, brat. I actually hated Ben in his high school years. I kept thinking what a total dick he was to his family and teachers at school, though, granted, most teenagers are dicks. I felt for him a little bit, but I really disliked his "me, me, me" attitude. When Ben was older, I didn't grow to like him more. I sort of tolerated him, but he didn't grow on me. Also, don't forgive him for how he treated Jace. I just don't! The writing was... good, I guess, but I thought that this book felt like a few different books smushed into one. I get that it was supposed to be an epic love story through the ages, but I just didn't really enjoy the different time periods put together into one book. I also just HATE love triangles. Like, I really hate them. It stressed me out to read about them, and I don't want to read about (view spoiler)[CHEATERS (hide spoiler)] . I'm getting The Hell You Say flashbacks over here. The audiobook narration was... okay. Nothing special, if I'm being honest. It was decent, but sometimes a great narrator can turn a book that I sort of hate into one that I really enjoy (see The Hell You Say and my review for it https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...). The narration was worth the $1.99 that I paid for it, for sure, but it wasn't fabulous. And while everyone else was sobbing at the ending, I was just MAD how it all went down. Like furious. I was screaming, "DO SOMETHING," at Ben, probably out loud. It felt so pointless. And I just knew that something like that would happen!! After listening to the audio book for about 10 hours, I'm just TIRED. I need an emotional break. I'm out, y'all.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    My twirling has gone into overdrive here.I'm on a bit of a roll with all the 5 Stars I'm throwing about but this one definitely deserves it. I absolutely loved, -the writing, -the characters, -the drama, -the angst, Yes,it's not all sunshine and roses....I couldn't read through the tears at one point .....but this book is the reason I love reading,I was swept up it this story and I'm so glad I read it.... The only thing I didn't love was not getting Tim's pov but that's about to be rectified......off My twirling has gone into overdrive here.I'm on a bit of a roll with all the 5 Stars I'm throwing about but this one definitely deserves it. I absolutely loved, -the writing, -the characters, -the drama, -the angst, Yes,it's not all sunshine and roses....I couldn't read through the tears at one point .....but this book is the reason I love reading,I was swept up it this story and I'm so glad I read it.... The only thing I didn't love was not getting Tim's pov but that's about to be rectified......off to start book two and get inside his head. Highly Recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Look at that bright and shiny 4.17 Goodreads rating. You know what that means, right? Usually I’m willing to take the hit and say it was me, but not this time. I picked up Something Like Summer mainly because it was free, but also because the synopsis interested me. I bumped it up on my TBR because the cover was pretty. (I’m more than willing to admit I’m shallow.) Alright, so this was the story of Ben and Tim, the new boy around the Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Look at that bright and shiny 4.17 Goodreads rating. You know what that means, right? Usually I’m willing to take the hit and say it was me, but not this time. I picked up Something Like Summer mainly because it was free, but also because the synopsis interested me. I bumped it up on my TBR because the cover was pretty. (I’m more than willing to admit I’m shallow.) Alright, so this was the story of Ben and Tim, the new boy around the block that Ben takes a fancy to. When a not-so-cute meet/cute happens Ben offers to help Tim out, a friendship develops, and eventually even though Tim claims to be 100% hetero, somehow he ends up requesting Ben to . . . . You know what happens next, right???? “Teach me how to fly, my beautiful butterfly.” And then I may have had a feeling because we’re talking about teenage boys, one of whom was firmly planted in the closet so you know things weren’t going to be totally peachy keen and I thought for sure I was reading a 5 Star book. But then Part I ended and a fastforward occurred that brought us to Part II and everything became nothing but . . . From the cardboard cutout which was Ben’s adult love-interest to the new and way unimproved Tim to the awful love triangle that left me wanting to punch everyone in the gonads to the ending that was JUST. SO. CONTRIVED. The air was quickly let out of my 5 Star balloon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Isa K.

    Meh~ Just meh~ This book is basically two books sold as one. Part 1 on its own would have gotten 3 stars from me. It was okay, kind of uninspiring YA, but it steered away from all the melodrama I was expecting. That counts for something. I'm a strong believer in judging YA-themed stories by the adult characters. 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 (other Meh~ Just meh~ This book is basically two books sold as one. Part 1 on its own would have gotten 3 stars from me. It was okay, kind of uninspiring YA, but it steered away from all the melodrama I was expecting. That counts for something. I'm a strong believer in judging YA-themed stories by the adult characters. 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) ... all we're missing is the Hip Teacher dishing out sagely life advice. In fairness, there are some attempts to move beyond these stereotypes and make the archetypes richer and more complex ... but not much. Ultimately this is a m/m love story. And about that love story. It grew on me. Tim is kind of an ass, but you see enough of his good side to tolerate it. Ben, is kind of pathetic ... but pathetic in the way teenagers in love typically are. So again, not over the moon, but there was enough sweetness to help me enjoy the trials and tribulations of Tim/Ben Then Part 2 came. Part 2 was a train wreck, an absolute train wreck in which all the likable characters from the first part might as well have been eaten by zombies. The characters we were supposed to rally around were bland and undeveloped. There was nary a rational thought in sight. Take for example Ben's best friend Allison. Part 2 starts with a three year jump. Everyone has gone away to college, Ben has moved across the country. He returns home (view spoiler)[because Allison's father has died (hide spoiler)] and a distraught Allison begs him to transfer to her college for moral support. Apparently in three years, vivacious outgoing Allison has made no friends??? None at all? She needs to force her former bestie to uproot his entire life midsemester because in three years she hasn't grown close to anyone else? This seems inconsistant with the Allison we met in the beginning. A character who reached beyond the girl-wingman/cheap-therapist/author-avatar cliche we see so often in these books. She had her own life, her own issues, her own love interests in Part 1. In Part 2 her whole purpose is to direct the course of Ben's love life. Make sure he stays on the path to true luv. Bullshit. Tim meanwhile has gone from being a sweet, good natured guy whose sexual confusion causes him to act like an asshole from time to time ... to a desperate manipulative cock slut. *sigh* I'm so tired of controlling and abusive behavior being sold to people as a man showing the "vulnerability" and the intensity of his love. Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit. I don't even understand the point of Part 2. It seems to be devoted to giving Ben another love interest, but the author never really invests anything in Jace as a character. What color is his hair? His eyes? What (besides fortune cookies) are his interests? If it was there I certainly can't remember it. Jace is completely one-dimensional, bland in every conceivable way: he's always good, always faithful, always loves unconditional. We spend a lot of time with Ben/Jace but it ends up feeling like a romance en summary. There's no real emotion in their courtship because the author never wants you to want to see them together. (view spoiler)[And when Jace dies tragically so that the door is open for Tim/Ben ... well by that time you've probably lost any interest in both Ben and Tim as characters that you can't even get annoyed at the final cliche f-u. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Breann

    ***Audio edition re-read*** Just as good as the first time. Ben and his two great loves. Neither is better than the other and neither is stronger than the other. Just different. Different, but equally perfect and fitting for Ben. __________________________________________ This is a review for both Something Like Summer and Something Like Winter since I don't see a way to talk about one without the other. “Why couldn't people's insides match their outsides? The world would be such a wonderful place ***Audio edition re-read*** Just as good as the first time. Ben and his two great loves. Neither is better than the other and neither is stronger than the other. Just different. Different, but equally perfect and fitting for Ben. __________________________________________ This is a review for both Something Like Summer and Something Like Winter since I don't see a way to talk about one without the other. “Why couldn't people's insides match their outsides? The world would be such a wonderful place if the nicer someone was, the more beautiful they became.” I really don’t know where to begin with this review. Both books have left me with such high emotions that I’m still sitting here quite speechless. I can tell you this, when I started I was expecting a cute little coming of age tale. Ha! Yeah right. What I got was beautiful, heartbreaking, wonderfully written story that left me a blubbering mess. One that is on my mind and will continue to be on my mind for days. In the beginning of both books we meet Ben, an out and proud teenager, and Tim, a boy who is still trying to figure himself out and how he fits in the world. When they meet they start up a secret relationship because Tim, having to worry about his social status, can’t very much be seen with the local gay kid. Yeah, whatever Tim. The boys become closer and their relationship turns into a sexual one which then leads Ben to wanting exclusivity with Tim. Tim is still young and still scared. Scared of his own feelings, of his parents’ feelings, hell, he’s basically scared of the world. So he ran. In Something Like Summer we have the story told through Ben’s POV. Ben had just been left by his first love and is in pieces. Pieces. With me right along with him. He is forced to move on and move on he does. He has a few boyfriends but he eventually finds love again with the ever-perfect, Jace. I loved Ben & Jace’s story. Even though Ben never stopped loving Tim and he is still a very real presence in Ben’s life, Ben & Jace’s relationship felt just as real and was wonderful to witness. Jace was everything Ben needed and deserved after his massive heartbreak. Jace was understanding, forgiving, loving and just completely there for him. Like I said, perfect. In Something Like Winter the same story is told through Tim’s POV, but it didn’t feel as though I read the same story twice. They first 20% or so was Tim & Ben’s relationship they had in high school and it was interesting to read what happened in Tim’s eyes. Let’s face it, it was going to take a lot to redeem some of Tim’s actions. Yes, Tim was redeemed but no, his actions were not excused. Not only did Tim break Ben’s heart but he tore his own into pieces by running. Right along with my heart. After he realizes his mistake, it’s too late. Ben has found someone he loves and deserves, Jace. Tim thought his life was over after Ben and struggles to get it back. He floats through life; he finds some successful relationships and some very damaging relationships along the way. His story was the most heartbreaking for me, he was so broken and so lost. Nobody to really love him except his best friend, Eric, but I really can’t go there right now. Still too many emotions running wild! But, eventually, he was able to put the pieces of his life back together. Not for Ben but because of Ben and the love they still had. Throughout the 10 year or so span of these books Ben & Tim touch each others lives, coming in and out for brief moments but they were never able to find the right moment to be together. Well, in the end they finally found their moment. And it was beautiful. Oh my, this was so emotionally intense I cried like a little baby in both SLS and SLW. I don’t think I’ve cried like that while reading since Dobby died. You know what I mean. Yeah, that kind of cry. I was happy, sad, devastated, heartbroken, hopeful, just every emotion hit me, BAM! over and over again. Next up is Something Like Autumn where we get to read Jace’s story. It’s ready to go on the Kindle but I still need some time to mend my heart before picking this story back up.

  7. 5 out of 5

    June Helmsley

    Holy Fucking Shit! That's what this book should be retitled, or maybe that can be the subtitle. I don't know, I'll get back to you on that. Either way, it needs a lot of exclamation points because Holy FuckSandwich does this book kick so much ass. When reading fiction, it bothers me when I don't care about the characters, or even worse, a goddamn contrived love triangle that bores me when it should interest me. Not here! I was so emotionally invested in these characters that I lost my shit when ba Holy Fucking Shit! That's what this book should be retitled, or maybe that can be the subtitle. I don't know, I'll get back to you on that. Either way, it needs a lot of exclamation points because Holy FuckSandwich does this book kick so much ass. When reading fiction, it bothers me when I don't care about the characters, or even worse, a goddamn contrived love triangle that bores me when it should interest me. Not here! I was so emotionally invested in these characters that I lost my shit when bad things happened to them. Seriously, I cried. Twice. And I never cry. When I told my roommate Amy Kennedy about that, she started accusing me of being human and having feelings and shit but after SHE read this book she was all kinds of touched by it too. So who's the human now, bitch?!!? Here's a gist: Ben is obsessed with Tim. Tim and Ben start a careful romance, but Tim's not out yet and he's kind of a jerk but you feel for him so it's sort of okay. The years go on and they go their seperate ways, and Ben meets up with this awesome guy named Jace and everything seems okay but then Holy Fuckdoodles Tim is back! Normally I despise love triangles but in this it feels so real! It kinda reminded me of the Luke and Noah and Reid thing on As the World Turns, which I never would have fucking watched but then I caught clips on YouTube and got addicted and stayed up one whole weekend watching it. I lost my shit with those guys and thanks to SLS I lost it again! What's nice about this book is that everything that happens to these characters feels believable, and you can empathize with them and the decisions they make. Also, no vampires, and these days, that's a plus. I know I'm rambling, but I think Amy mixed up my pills or put an extra shot of B12 in my smoothie this morning because I'm screaming at the screen as I type this! READ! THIS! FUCKING! BOOK!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    This... THIS is why I'd never want to relive my teenage years. All that doubt, wondering, alienation---Ugh. Ben is a great narrator. At times, you want to cringe and others cheer, but like life, it has its ups and downs. To know something about yourself at a young age that makes you significantly different is an experience that isolates. Growth is different, changed and lonely. Ben's early teen years came with a harsh lesson. Not all epiphanies lead to happiness. But like a good sword, it gets st This... THIS is why I'd never want to relive my teenage years. All that doubt, wondering, alienation---Ugh. Ben is a great narrator. At times, you want to cringe and others cheer, but like life, it has its ups and downs. To know something about yourself at a young age that makes you significantly different is an experience that isolates. Growth is different, changed and lonely. Ben's early teen years came with a harsh lesson. Not all epiphanies lead to happiness. But like a good sword, it gets stronger with each fold and hammer blow. Ben doesn't falter. His resilience is admirable and he's so far ahead of others in his personal growth that he has no confidant to share his hopes, dreams and desires--except for his best friend, Allison. Allison is the consummate friend who will support you, cheer you, and tell you when you're an idiot or fuck off when you've screwed up, but in the end they're there. I liked that there was a good give and take to their friendship and not everything had an easy solution. And let's face it, they have serious disagreements about Tim. Tim. We all had one of these at some point, the elusive, unreachable, ungettable get. Ben is goofy and awkward and squeezes his way into Tim's life--as barren as it is. Ben is the best thing that's ever happened to Tim and he can't accept it. Heart ripped out #1. Sucks, but first loves are like that. Reboot. What happens then is Ben's journey to find love. Real love. The kind that is proud, never hides, and surrounds you like a blanket--Jace. Talk about wonderful. Fucking love Jace so hard, and so does Ben. But, the past doesn't always stay in the past... Heart ripped out #2--bad choice Heart ripped out #3--I don't want to talk about it. Took me three days to even think about writing this review because of it. Maybe I'm a masochist, but I liked this story. I liked that there was a slightly non traditional trajectory with some realism. At the end, part of me felt like we got to eat our cake and have it, too. It's just a bittersweet cake. Overall, an emotional journey that slaps you around Favorite quote: "‘ Teach me how to fly, my beautiful butterfly.’” He reached out and ruffled Ben’s hair, his version of a parting kiss."

  9. 5 out of 5

    * N aka Nikki

    This started out hands-down a 5-star read, but I am so angry about what happened at 95% that I have to rate this 2 stars. Actually, the anger set in earlier, I was just hoping things would turn out differently. I feel so emotionally manipulated. And not in a satisfying way! *grumbles and checks Kindle for damage*

  10. 5 out of 5

    .Lili.

    Well this was me last night (view spoiler)[don't read this! HUGE spoiler> (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[when Jace died. (hide spoiler)] And to be honest I never quite recovered from that. This is kind of a hard book to rate. For a majority of the story this was a 5 star read. I loved how the author handled the coming of age part of the story. It was cute, full of angst, yet also innocent. Loved that the author wasn't afraid to add sex to that part of the book. I know adding sex to a YA book is Well this was me last night (view spoiler)[don't read this! HUGE spoiler> (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[when Jace died. (hide spoiler)] And to be honest I never quite recovered from that. This is kind of a hard book to rate. For a majority of the story this was a 5 star read. I loved how the author handled the coming of age part of the story. It was cute, full of angst, yet also innocent. Loved that the author wasn't afraid to add sex to that part of the book. I know adding sex to a YA book is kind of a touchy thing and if not handled properly can be on the icky side- but you know what: teenagers have sex, it's a part of growing up. I loved how Jay Bell gave us enough to make the story realistic without going too far. Up to this point 5 stars all the way- even if I did struggle with Tim's treatment of Ben. I did understand where his behavior came from. Then we get to the next part, characters are older-I was really excited. Unfortunately, this is where the story started to decline... This was me during several instances in the story after this point: I just hated some of the events that took place- especially the last 15%. The end was really rushed, it almost felt like an after thought. I wasn't happy. I would have preferred (view spoiler)[again please don't read this (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[if Ben ended up with Jace and book 2 was about Tim with a different love interest (hide spoiler)] . Rating breakdown: Writing=5 stars Story= 3 stars My overall feeling: 2.5 stars = 3.5 rounded up to 4. 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Camille Adams

    Oh my god! Okay *exhale* Full gamut of emotions. Haven't cried over a book in a while...now I need something funny to read... (A couple days later): After being unable to write more than the above for a review, being so overwhelmed, I've decided to make my reply my review :-) "I wasn't expecting anything like this. From the description, the cover and the beginning I thought that this was just going to be a light YA read. Not at all. It was really compelling in the that it examines idealism of the Oh my god! Okay *exhale* Full gamut of emotions. Haven't cried over a book in a while...now I need something funny to read... (A couple days later): After being unable to write more than the above for a review, being so overwhelmed, I've decided to make my reply my review :-) "I wasn't expecting anything like this. From the description, the cover and the beginning I thought that this was just going to be a light YA read. Not at all. It was really compelling in the that it examines idealism of the past and the the resultant impact upon one's present when one can't let go, ideas of alienation and self-acceptance, of dependence and self-love, of maturity, evolution, compatibility and why, of inexorable attraction and its effects, of fear and freedom, and seeming fate. It was such a powerful read for me hereby. 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....I can see how. But I find it to be strong all in all." I would definitely read work by this author again...after a suitable interval though, with some light stuff in between. Bell fulfills his intent illustrated in his bio really well. He communicates feelings of alienation and love that surrounds decisions deftly. This book deserves its accolades.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Xia Xia Lake

    F*ck this book to the moon and back for breaking my heart during my summer vacation. If I took a sip of alcohol everytime my heart twisted in pain for Ben, I'd be in a coma. F*ck the angst. F*ck the raw emotions, f*ck how real everything felt...f*ck the heartbreak. F*ck that Nicholas Sparks moment. F*ck this book because 5 stars are too few to rate it. This is the best YA, NA, coming of age story I've read in some time. I'm sobbing like an idiot as I write this "review" on my phone on this stupid F*ck this book to the moon and back for breaking my heart during my summer vacation. If I took a sip of alcohol everytime my heart twisted in pain for Ben, I'd be in a coma. F*ck the angst. F*ck the raw emotions, f*ck how real everything felt...f*ck the heartbreak. F*ck that Nicholas Sparks moment. F*ck this book because 5 stars are too few to rate it. This is the best YA, NA, coming of age story I've read in some time. I'm sobbing like an idiot as I write this "review" on my phone on this stupid goodreads app. I'll get home in two weeks and write a proper review then at my computer. There are 2 more books in the series and I don't think my liver can take 2 more books. Of course I bought those too. F*ck my liver.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    *** 3.5 Stars *** **Not a review. Apologies, but I need to vent: Almost nine days in a funky, peeps. 😖🤯☹ Shall I blame Claustrophilia for my longest book slump ever?? Oh, well... I'm officially out of it. Here's to an evil, neglectful, thoughtless and cruel mojo, who decided to show its face after so long. I'm glad to be back! *** 3.5 Stars *** **Not a review. Apologies, but I need to vent: Almost nine days in a funky, peeps. 😖🤯☹️ Shall I blame Claustrophilia for my longest book slump ever?? Oh, well... I'm officially out of it. Here's to an evil, neglectful, thoughtless and cruel mojo, who decided to show its face after so long. I'm glad to be back!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    This is a book about a first love that lingers. 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. Throughout their early days of hiding, of unequal partnering, rejection, and through all the years to follow, Tim remains somehow an essential part of Ben. In the years they are apart, Ben meets a guy who is better for him in every way. Open, loving, out and responsible, Jace is a wonderful char This is a book about a first love that lingers. 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. Throughout their early days of hiding, of unequal partnering, rejection, and through all the years to follow, Tim remains somehow an essential part of Ben. In the years they are apart, Ben meets a guy who is better for him in every way. Open, loving, out and responsible, Jace is a wonderful character and worthy of Ben's love. So part of the stress in this novel, painful but true-to-life, is the way that Tim still dominates Ben's idea of love. By simply showing up, Tim can rock the solid relationship between Ben and Jace, and when he resorts to an all-out assault to get Tim back, he comes close to breaking it. How often have we seen this, though, where the loving partner cannot quite match the spark of the one who came before him? It hurts, but that doesn't mean it's not real. The ending of this book might have felt like a triumph of true love, if Tim were a more sympathetic character. I think it's mainly one episode in the middle, (view spoiler)[when Tim has a friend pretend to be Jace's lover to break Ben and Jace up, (hide spoiler)] that forever lingers in my mind like a faint trace of smoke on the air, a reminder that this character, however much he has moved forward over the years, isn't as trustworthy as one would want for Ben. Well written and involving, with complex characters and interesting plot, this book is well worth a read as long as you don't go in expecting the sweet simple sense of resolution that a romance often brings.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I really struggled with how to rate this. When I give a two-star rating, it's usually because the writing was mediocre or the plot bored me. Not so with this story. I was into it. I inhaled it in anxious gulps, desperate to get to the end. I read the spoilers beforehand. I knew what was going to happen. But I HATED how it unfolded. It was the author's job to make me love Tim, and he failed. I'm going to start the second book right now, because apparently I'm a glutton for punishment, but mostly b I really struggled with how to rate this. When I give a two-star rating, it's usually because the writing was mediocre or the plot bored me. Not so with this story. I was into it. I inhaled it in anxious gulps, desperate to get to the end. I read the spoilers beforehand. I knew what was going to happen. But I HATED how it unfolded. It was the author's job to make me love Tim, and he failed. I'm going to start the second book right now, because apparently I'm a glutton for punishment, but mostly because I want to see if it changes my opinion of Tim.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anja V

    I'm going to spoil the whole book, so don't continue reading if you mind. Also swearing. HOLY FUCK, was that frustrating. You know, I thought I'd hit off Pride Month with a cute, heart-wrenching gay romance. Well, think again. Instead of cute, I got creepy. Instead of heart-wrenching, I got head-banging on the table. Almost every second page I just had to pause to cool down. At some point I actually thought it would get better now. HA HA HA no. It just got worse. I thought this would be a cute ro I'm going to spoil the whole book, so don't continue reading if you mind. Also swearing. HOLY FUCK, was that frustrating. You know, I thought I'd hit off Pride Month with a cute, heart-wrenching gay romance. Well, think again. Instead of cute, I got creepy. Instead of heart-wrenching, I got head-banging on the table. Almost every second page I just had to pause to cool down. At some point I actually thought it would get better now. HA HA HA no. It just got worse. I thought this would be a cute romance. Instead Ben is fuCKING CREEPY, almost stalking Tim. He doesn't know ANYTHING about him, other than that he is hot , but still he walks past his house at least TWICE A DAY??? Also, Tim hangs out with the bullies from his school, so apparently he isn't the nicest guy, but still, when Ben accidentally causes him to sprain his ankle, he offers to nurse him for two weeks. He starts to skip school and neglect his family, to nurse a guy he doesn't know shit about, hoping it'll lead to sex, despite Tim repeatedly mentioning that he's straight. Let's be real, you only have to add the sentence "until one day his obsession takes a dark turn…" and you have a premise for a FUCKING PSYCHO THRILLER. But of course Ben's dreams come true and the two of them actually start a relationship. Only problem, TIM HAS NO FUCKING PERSONALITY. Not only that Ben is a whining creep, but Tim is also uninteresting as fuck. Dear Jay Bell, how am I supposed to care about this relationship when I couldn't give less a shit about either the MC or the love interest? Honestly, we don't learn anything about Tim. Even know after finishing the book, the only thing unrelated to Ben that I know about Tim are that his parents are shitty af and that he paints. THAT'S IT. Throughout the book, Ben repeatedly is asked what he likes about Tim and his answer always is: 'There's more to him than his looks.' But he never really establishes what. Also, FUCKING CHEATING. Tim is in a relationship when he and Ben start to hook up. I don't care that Tim doesn't care about her, that doesn't make it okay. He is in a relationship, that's all that matters. But we'll get back to cheating later, because foreshadowing, BEN IS A CHEATING SHIT. Oh and this quote: "Why are you even with her? You never have anything nice to say about her. She doesn't put out; she's not even the prettiest girl in school." smh I have a lot of problems with this also from reading US high school themed books and watching US high school themed movies one might believe that every single high school jock is an asshole - Idk about you but I have sporty friends and they're actually pretty nice Now, remember that I already don't like neither Tim, nor Ben, not to mention their weird ass relationship. Then this happened: Ben wrote a gay-themed poem for his school paper, which gets published. Without his consent though, the teacher changes it into a heterosexual poem. Ben is understandably furious. His reaction though is so stupid and unnecessary. He goes to the journalism room to confront his teacher, but finds it empty. For some reason Tim shows up and then encourages him to trash the whole room, including the dark room. Like, why???? I get that he is angry, I really do, but why the fuck does he have to resort to violence? The other students of the journalism course seem to be the only ones that are nice to him in school and now he goes and fucking destroys all their creations?? That's such a dick move. And he doesn't even feel bad about it? In the end he admits to doing it, but only to save Tim's ass and he even says, he doesn't feel bad about it, because it feels like they made some sort of romantic memory together, Bonny and Clyde style, WTF??? I'm already so done with these two assholes Now let's skip forward. Tim's and Ben's relationship doesn't work out and Ben moves on. He meets Jace and the two of them start a relationship. Now, Jace is a freaking SAINT. I'm not saying this on a positive note. It's frustrating. Look, Ben and Jace are together for quite some time and they are COMMITTED. But someday Tim shows up and Ben starts meeting up with him. He knows he still has feelings for him, but tells himself nothing will happen. BUT HE FUCKING KNOWS HE HAS FEELINGS FOR HIM LIKE IT'S SO RUDE TO JACE. He eventually tells him and Jace is like, well sucks but it's fine and they even all go out together. ??????? what. Of course, Ben and Tim end up making out BECAUSE CHEATING IS SUCH A FUCKING COOL THING TO DO and Jace finds out and you know what he does? NOTHING he's like well first love and all, it's hard to get over that, but Idc WHAT. Also remember how I said Ben was close to a stalker in the beginning? WELL APPARENTLY TIM LEARNED FROM HIM BECAUSE HE IS SO FUCKING CREEPY AND INNAPROPRIATE he just shows up to Jace and Ben's house, makes a lot of sexual jokes, even though Ben told him he is in a relationship and most of all HE MADE ONE OF HIS FELLOW STUDENTS TO GO TO THEIR HOUSE AND SLIP A NOTE THAT BASICALLY IS SUPPOSED TO BE PROVE THAT JACE IS CHEATING ON BEN ALL SO THAT THEY BREAK UP AND BEN GOES BACK TO TIM I'M NOT KIDDING AND YOU KNOW WHAT IT WORKS BEN AND JACE KIND OF BREAK UP AND BEN GOES BACK TO TIM well eventually Ben finds out that Tim was behind his note and I KID YOU NOT HE ENDS UP WITH JACE FUCKING AGAIN AND JACE IS JUST LIKE IDC I LOVE YOU LIKE HAVE A SPINE YOU IDIOT I hate all three of them at this point And know, the most stupid thing is yet to happen Ben and Jace are happy again, they even marry and them JACE FUCKING DIES YES HE JUST FUCKING DIES AND THAT'S NOT EVEN IT TWO YEARS LATER BEN AND TIM GET BACK TOGETHER EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVEN'T SEEN EACH OTHER FOR TWO FUCKING YEARS JUST LIKE THAT I'm so done with this shit I'm not even going to talk more detailed about the ending, it isn't worth my time The only thing that sooths my anger is when I imagine how Tim and Ben, after having their big moment, suddenly realize that they have nothing in common anymore and it's just fucking awkward and they just sit next to each other in silence because honestly I get that you will always have a special place for you first love, but like no one can tell me that after TWO YEARS OF NO CONTACT you can just get back together without even checking first if you even still like each other it's so stupid

  17. 4 out of 5

    Trio

    Oh wow, and to think a craving for Kevin R. Free resulted in all that angst! I can see why so many reviews are accompanied by spoiler tags (and thank goodness I didn't read any of them). So read the blurb and avoid the reviews - just decide for yourself if you like this one. Personally, I really enjoyed this book, and the 5 stars I'm giving are well deserved, even if I spent a bunch of time yelling at Ben, "No! Don't do it!". I'm surprised by how many lengthy 1,2,&3 star reviews I read where f Oh wow, and to think a craving for Kevin R. Free resulted in all that angst! I can see why so many reviews are accompanied by spoiler tags (and thank goodness I didn't read any of them). So read the blurb and avoid the reviews - just decide for yourself if you like this one. Personally, I really enjoyed this book, and the 5 stars I'm giving are well deserved, even if I spent a bunch of time yelling at Ben, "No! Don't do it!". I'm surprised by how many lengthy 1,2,&3 star reviews I read where folks just didn't like the behaviour of the characters, or the way the plot went... regardless of whether or not we like a book, if it brings out such strong emotions in us maybe it deserves a higher rating. Well, just a thought. Anyway - really beautifully written & I'm so glad I finally got around to listening to Something Like Summer. Kevin R. Free's performance is brilliant, he's a treasure and I truly wish he'd narrate more. As soon as I've recovered emotionally from this one, I'll look into more written by Jay Bell.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews

    I loved this book ;) It reminded me of the YA series "Infernal Devices" in that it shows that there is not always only one person we could love, but that a lot depends on the right timing. A person can find happiness in different ways, but there is a right time and place for everything and every action has consequences. Life doesn't stop, it just continues around us and our choices shape the way our life continues, even if we would like it to go into another way. There are mistakes and regrets, I loved this book ;) It reminded me of the YA series "Infernal Devices" in that it shows that there is not always only one person we could love, but that a lot depends on the right timing. A person can find happiness in different ways, but there is a right time and place for everything and every action has consequences. Life doesn't stop, it just continues around us and our choices shape the way our life continues, even if we would like it to go into another way. 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. While it may be understandable to wish we could edit our mistakes, we have to accept even the moments in life we feel went wrong and follow where our actions lead us. 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). It felt like a real story with very interesting characters as they navigate their lives :) I can recommend it without reservations :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alvin

    SLIGHTLY PREDICTABLE BUT A WELL-WRITTEN ROMANCE BOOK. BUDDY READ with John and Lili: Lili's review I had a hard time rating this and also might have a hard time reviewing it. I wanna say a lot of things!!! But I will cover those that's on the top of my mind. Ben PART 1: I loved this part! If the book was just this, I can give a 4-5 star rating! I loved both Ben and Tim here. It was honest and even though what they had (view spoiler)[didn't end well. I'm okay. I was sad, but okay. They were young. SLIGHTLY PREDICTABLE BUT A WELL-WRITTEN ROMANCE BOOK. BUDDY READ with John and Lili: Lili's review I had a hard time rating this and also might have a hard time reviewing it. I wanna say a lot of things!!! But I will cover those that's on the top of my mind. Ben PART 1: I loved this part! If the book was just this, I can give a 4-5 star rating! I loved both Ben and Tim here. It was honest and even though what they had (view spoiler)[didn't end well. I'm okay. I was sad, but okay. They were young. They fell in love too early in their lives and they were not ready. (hide spoiler)] I love the story in this part and I thought it was really well written until I got to... PART 2: This part didn't really made sense to me. It got me happy at the beginning and then frustrated, annoyed, and irritated going through it and towards the end of it. I loved Jace. But I knew (view spoiler)[something was bound to happen to him. And I was right. (hide spoiler)] When (view spoiler)[Tim came back (hide spoiler)] , it was a mess. A lot of things happened to all of them (that I won't spoil) that I found aggravating, exasperating, and maddening! (Thank you Thesaurus for the words!) I usually handle (view spoiler)[cheating (hide spoiler)] well in what I read. But in this one, GAH!!! Ben is so weak! BUT...I knew this happens in real life. I understand. When we're in love, we use our hearts. We forget to use our brains. And that's what happened here. Did I like it? Unfortunately not. It was like a wonderful story downgraded to an annoying early adult television series. Not my favorite part at all. Tim PART 3: This was the final stretch of the story and I'm not really mad (view spoiler)[except to that scene where Ben kissed Tim again. (hide spoiler)] or ecstatic on the happenings in this one. I was relieved that its better than Part 2. I just knew that (view spoiler)[Jace would die or something. (hide spoiler)] He did. And the way it happen just makes me sad. But that's life, shit happens. Jace Thankfully it ended well. But somehow, all the plot twists didn't made sense (a little) and somewhat necessary that it destroyed my fondness in the book. (Which I had during the beginning.) One more, I was keep comparing this to Broken Pieces. It had a similar plot but resolved differently. I have to say, I'm quite a sucker to stories that dragged for long time. This was one of them. So even with all I felt about I this, I won't forget the story for a while. The MCs had a great love story told here. Will I recommend this? Maybe. But be prepared for a ride that you may love or hate. Will I read the next ones? I think so. Is this a good read? Yes it was. I just didn't like it well enough. I'll just hope you'll enjoy this if you guys decide to read it. Enjoy! :D

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I know I say it often, "How do I review this book?" but honestly, how do I? I picked up Something like Summer (twice actually not realizing my blunder) because I was drawn to the bright orange of the cover with that bit of blue that caught my eye every time. One Sunday, when I was stuck in bed I wanted a book to bring my spirits up so I started this. What happened was me being sucked into a book that I did not stop reading until I was done. Ben, what a strong character at such a young age. I wis I know I say it often, "How do I review this book?" but honestly, how do I? I picked up Something like Summer (twice actually not realizing my blunder) because I was drawn to the bright orange of the cover with that bit of blue that caught my eye every time. One Sunday, when I was stuck in bed I wanted a book to bring my spirits up so I started this. What happened was me being sucked into a book that I did not stop reading until I was done. Ben, what a strong character at such a young age. I wish that my children could have the sense of self that he does. I felt his "not stalkerish" crush on the new boy with the blue running shoes. I wanted him to be noticed, I wanted the new boy to SEE Ben and fall head over blue shoes for him instantly and I wanted this to be a story that would knock me on my butt. Did it ever! I love that this book spans a decade. There is beauty to a slow burn in romance that does it for me. Sure, insta love is also fantastic but this story wouldn't work that way. Ben and Tim, Tim and Ben. Good Lord. Let's just say I loved being in Ben's head and when he asks Tim to say something to him in Spanish I thought my heart would explode. I looked up the translation before Tim explains it and I melted. It was beyond beautiful and heart wrenching and stunning and, Le Sigh. There are at least a dozen or thirty moments that were like that for me. Tear my heart out why don't ya Jay Bell?! Now, I was not prepared for the road this story took but I love where it went. Seeing Ben grow and change and fight the instincts of a love sick teenager were gorgeous. Jay Bell certainly knows how to weave a story that sucks the reader and and it he did that with me. Let me just say that Tim was fantastic. I never once thought he was selfish, absent or mean when it came to Ben. When I found out that he was getting his own book I immediately went and one clicked that bad boy. I had to know what was going on in his head during this time. All this time. Ugh. Something Like Summer a roller coaster of a read with an intense climb into adoration followed by a swift down fall into love...for me that is. I just loved this story, so much.

  21. 4 out of 5

    wesley

    This is the first M/M YA book that I’ve read and I cannot be grateful enough that I did read it because it has helped me come to terms with my sexuality. Being born in a country where both the state and the church have forged ideals of what should be the norm, being gay included, has forced people like me to hide deep in the closet. But after reading this early this year, the entire Something Like Series in fact, and hundreds of M/M books after that, I can at least say that I am now honest with This is the first M/M YA book that I’ve read and I cannot be grateful enough that I did read it because it has helped me come to terms with my sexuality. Being born in a country where both the state and the church have forged ideals of what should be the norm, being gay included, has forced people like me to hide deep in the closet. But after reading this early this year, the entire Something Like Series in fact, and hundreds of M/M books after that, I can at least say that I am now honest with myself. I am gay and it will not change. It’s kind of funny how a series focused on ordinary lives of fictional people can have such a huge impact on your own. Somehow I can’t help but be envious of Ben for having to live an honest life despite the pain and sorrow that went along with it. I can’t help but wonder if there are real people out there like Ben and Tim who are living the life that they’ve wanted… no, needed. And that is what this series is all about to me. It’s HOPE. It’s hope that there’s someone out there perfect and waiting for me. It’s hope that although not everyone can be happy with who you are, at least the people that actually mattered support and love you all the way. It’s hope that despite the pain and hardships that are sure to come in trying to live a life of honestly, somehow it will all be worth it in the end. And although having to cling to this hope can be dangerous, I cannot let it go. Because having a window a little open to let the tiniest bit of air in is better than suffocating for keeping it closed. I aspire for a life like Ben’s because I know that a happy ending is possible.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This easily could have been a 4/5 book. However, three things absolutely ruined it for me: 1) the sudden death of Jace, which seemed entirely too coincidental; it should have been foreshadowed at least a little bit; 2) Tim's douchebaggery increased exponentially as he got older; it was kind of understandable during the first part of the book (easily the best part), but convincing your ex that his current significant other cheated on him, just to get into his pants afterwards is NOT OKAY; and 3) This easily could have been a 4/5 book. However, three things absolutely ruined it for me: 1) the sudden death of Jace, which seemed entirely too coincidental; it should have been foreshadowed at least a little bit; 2) Tim's douchebaggery increased exponentially as he got older; it was kind of understandable during the first part of the book (easily the best part), but convincing your ex that his current significant other cheated on him, just to get into his pants afterwards is NOT OKAY; and 3) Ben, too, grew more and more unlikeable; at first, he was just a cute little nerd, but then he became more and more annoying as the story continued. The random subplots about Allison's father was incredibly out of nowhere, as if they were tacked on at the last minute to add even more drama. 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wade

    I read this in 2012, and the review below is for the ebook I read. In 2016 I listened to the audio and then decided to re rate it to 5 stars. I think because this book made me yell at the characters for their choices. When I'm so emotional invested that I'm yelling at the characters, for me that's should be 5 stars. I think the difference is in audio. I LISTEN closer to the story when I'm listening than reading. When I read-only I read slow, and sometimes I skip things. I'm not a very good reader, I read this in 2012, and the review below is for the ebook I read. In 2016 I listened to the audio and then decided to re rate it to 5 stars. I think because this book made me yell at the characters for their choices. When I'm so emotional invested that I'm yelling at the characters, for me that's should be 5 stars. I think the difference is in audio. I LISTEN closer to the story when I'm listening than reading. When I read-only I read slow, and sometimes I skip things. I'm not a very good reader, but as a listener I pay close attention to every word. This is a great book. I own it in every format and I WILL buy the movie. Highly recommended. Note i need to listen to the other Something Like stories because I really am an audio girl!! From 2012: I am really excited for Jay. It is like "living the dream" for all those authors out there! Self-pub, to best of 2011, to "going to be a movie". Jay is an inspiration to perseverance and true talent. I look forward to reading his work. :) 4.5 stars This was really hard to rate. On the one hand I wanted to give it 5 stars because I really loved "part one". Ben and Tim's relationship was fun and believable and I think very well written. Then"part two"... I ended up liking Ben and Jace. I think they were good together and the relationship worked. Then mix the two. I was frustrated and angry and wanted to give the book 4 stars because of Ben's stupidity. But men are stupid sometimes. The men in my books do stupid things too. Can I hold that against Jay for writing truth as he sees it? No. Sometimes characters do stupid things. It happens. Even id I didn't like it. I think Ben made some poor choices and I felt bad for Jace. I think he deserved better at times. Then the inevitable happened... (of course we know something has to because the book is about Ben and TIM!) I didn't like this either. I felt it coming, so as far as predictability that is where the .5 stars went. We all know I like to be surprised. Over all, this was a great book. Actually a terrific example of how to write details. Jay was terrific at details. Plus, for having loads of sex it was all tasteful and was a good example of how to write sex without explicit detail. You don't need it! Jay did a perfect job there. I was expecting more emotion from myself, though. I hardly got years in my eyes at all. I did laugh, but maybe I was going on the hype built up around this one that I felt I missed something when I didn't roll on the floor and I didn't cry my eyes out. Hmmmm. Something to consider. I will re read, but more to learn how to write better. (for myself) Jay writes well. Thank you Jay for writing it. I look forward to the movie! And to reading more of your stuff.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Read for the URR 2017 New Year's Reading Challenge prompt 'LGBT+ Romance' 26/6 - I really enjoyed this and was ready to give it five stars, until we got to (view spoiler)[Jace's death. I was very disappointed by that twist because I saw Jace and Ben as 'the one' for each other, but then Bell went and killed him with an aneurysm. Then to make matters worse he reintroduced Tim, who I never liked after he pulled the 'I'm not gay/bisexual, even though I enjoy having sex with a man' move. It seemed to Read for the URR 2017 New Year's Reading Challenge prompt 'LGBT+ Romance' 26/6 - I really enjoyed this and was ready to give it five stars, until we got to (view spoiler)[Jace's death. I was very disappointed by that twist because I saw Jace and Ben as 'the one' for each other, but then Bell went and killed him with an aneurysm. Then to make matters worse he reintroduced Tim, who I never liked after he pulled the 'I'm not gay/bisexual, even though I enjoy having sex with a man' move. It seemed to me that Tim was the 'second best choice' for Ben, not his true HEA because that was Jace and Jace died. And even though I wasn't a fan of Tim, I felt kind of sorry for him - finally getting his HEA with someone who hasn't found their HEA with him. Wouldn't he always be comparing himself to Ben's true love and possibly finding himself coming up short? After five or ten years of feeling that constant comparison would he be able to stay with someone who has settled on their second choice? I would have liked the ending better if Ben had found someone new, rather than going back to an old flame who hurt him and made him feel like a dirty secret he was ashamed to be seen with (hide spoiler)] . If you read my spoiler you might think that this sounds like a three star or lower review, but all of that disappointment happened in the last 18 pages of the book, all 267 of the previous pages were really enjoyable. I liked Ben, and even Tim (view spoiler)[to start with (hide spoiler)] , I liked Ben's family (especially his mum!!) and Allison (yay for non-judgemental friends and family). I liked the way the plot didn't focus on Ben getting bullied non-stop, because that would have become really exhausting and depressing to read (not saying it's not realistic, just not that interested in reading about it in a relatively short YA romance). I felt like this was an honest description of the teenage years of a gay guy - not that dissimilar to a teenager of any other sexual orientation - growing up in the 90s. I will definitely be reading more Jay Bell, in fact I already picked up a number of free shorts from Amazon - Language Lessons and Like and Subscribe - and I look forward to reading them (when I can).

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Harrington

    A lot of people loved this book, but I have seen people who agreed with me, so at least I'm not alone when it comes to this book. When it came to this book, I was so excited to read it. From the blurb, I thought this would become a fast favourite of mine. The blurb wasn't really the best thing to go by, and that was what I did go by. Not the reviews, (I didn't read any before I read this) but the blurb. From the blurb, I got the impression that this would be about Ben and Tim. And that was true, A lot of people loved this book, but I have seen people who agreed with me, so at least I'm not alone when it comes to this book. When it came to this book, I was so excited to read it. From the blurb, I thought this would become a fast favourite of mine. The blurb wasn't really the best thing to go by, and that was what I did go by. Not the reviews, (I didn't read any before I read this) but the blurb. From the blurb, I got the impression that this would be about Ben and Tim. And that was true, to a certain extent. But in all honesty, I found it hard to like any of the three characters. I hate love triangles, and this was one of the biggest ones I have ever read. There are many reason I don't like them, and one of them is because of what happened in this book. Ultimately, one of the characters has to go away, and I didn't feel the way it happened in this book. The book spans a decade and while that would normally be a great thing, I found it to be kind of hard here. The author is a great writer, I am not faulting him at all. But the story was not for me, at all! I think a lot of my GR friends know about my taste and this happened to have a couple of my pet peeves. But I have my taste and it's my own fault for not reading actual reviews before reading this book. There were some things I liked... YA is a genre I love, so that boosted it. The beginning of the book wasn't bad at all. I didn't love it by any means, but at the same time, I didn't hate or dislike it. It was the best part of the book for me, which is different to other reviews. But I am a sucker for high school stories, and for a time, that is what this presented as. A high school story. Not the most emotional book in my opinion, but for someone who really loved the characters, it would have been. I am giving it three stars because of the writing and the beginning of the book. I can't give it less in my opinion, but I will say, if your taste is similar than mine, I wouldn't recommend this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    L-D

    This book was exquisite. Tim and Ben are teenagers at the same school and they begin a secret relationship. This book charts 12 years in the life of Ben with all of the highs and lows. Quite honestly, this book was an emotional roller coaster that left me completely wrung out at the end. Some readers have liked the ending, some do not. To me, the ending is not important, it was the journey and the strength and spectrum of the emotions that it invoked in me. I really loved this book. Below is a t This book was exquisite. Tim and Ben are teenagers at the same school and they begin a secret relationship. This book charts 12 years in the life of Ben with all of the highs and lows. Quite honestly, this book was an emotional roller coaster that left me completely wrung out at the end. Some readers have liked the ending, some do not. To me, the ending is not important, it was the journey and the strength and spectrum of the emotions that it invoked in me. I really loved this book. Below is a thread discussing this book from the M/M group with comments from the author. In this thread I have a post with more of my review - Contains SPOILERS. http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/6... ***YAY! Jay is writing a sequel!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    DaisyGirl

    5.0 Stars Wow. Just ... wow. I. Am. Beat. In Something Like Summer, Ben tells us of his first love (Tim), his second love (Jace), and his life in between. It was riveting. I enjoyed the characters and the overall storyline. I loved Ben's indomitable spirit and optimism. Tim was sexy as all get out but ... well, you know. (If you don't, read this book!) And, lastly, Jace ... *sigh* I love, Love, LOVE Jace. Period. This book wrung me out. I laughed, I cried, I threw my Kindle, I cried some more. In 5.0 Stars Wow. Just ... wow. I. Am. Beat. In Something Like Summer, Ben tells us of his first love (Tim), his second love (Jace), and his life in between. It was riveting. I enjoyed the characters and the overall storyline. I loved Ben's indomitable spirit and optimism. Tim was sexy as all get out but ... well, you know. (If you don't, read this book!) And, lastly, Jace ... *sigh* I love, Love, LOVE Jace. Period. This book wrung me out. I laughed, I cried, I threw my Kindle, I cried some more. In the end, I was blissfully languid. Out of it. Pooped. Bottom-line: stick a fork in me, I'm done.

  28. 4 out of 5

    John Inman

    A beautiful book. Different. The writing was exquisite. Jay Bell did a terrific job of putting this story together, not following the usual lines of other writers of romance, but steering off a couple of times into directions I didn't see coming and didn't expect. I'll think about this one for a while, I think. I hope Tim and Ben get the happiness they've always been destined for.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    This book was just brilliant and I loved every moment of it. My emotions took such a hit, one minute I was laughing, then crying...sigh.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kassa

    Something Like Summer is a moving coming of age story that will definitely appeal to readers. Unfortunately I didn’t particularly like the main character in Ben but in many ways this is completely subjective. He happened to touch on a few personal pet peeves that are unlikely to bother other readers, although the issue of fidelity may be a problem for some. The writing though is very engaging, bringing you into Ben’s journey with an absorbing intimacy. Although this isn’t a fast paced read, it’s Something Like Summer is a moving coming of age story that will definitely appeal to readers. Unfortunately I didn’t particularly like the main character in Ben but in many ways this is completely subjective. He happened to touch on a few personal pet peeves that are unlikely to bother other readers, although the issue of fidelity may be a problem for some. The writing though is very engaging, bringing you into Ben’s journey with an absorbing intimacy. Although this isn’t a fast paced read, it’s a story I didn’t want to end. Jay Bell’s second novel is a contemporary tale of a boy looking for true love. Told in third person from Ben’s perspective the reader follows the intrepid hero as he finds his first true love in high school. Tim Wyman is a new arrival from exotic Kansas and Ben is in lust at first sight. After Ben tackles Tim in a daring rollerblade accident culminating in a broken bone and enforced intimacy, the two begin a friendship with romantic undertones. Although Tim comes a long way to accepting his relationship with Ben, Ben’s outgoing personality and refusal to hide his feelings end up being too much for the closeted jock. Over the next twelve years Tim comes in and out of Ben’s life leaving confusion, longing, pain, need, love, and an everlasting connection. This is mostly a character driven story that is sometimes funny, sometimes heart breaking, sometimes infuriating. The main character of Ben is well developed and incredibly complicated. He’s full of flaws and issues, an interesting mix of boldness and cowardice. I experienced a wide range of emotions from loving Ben to really disliking him to not quite believing in him but still wanting a happy ending. Ben is anything but cookie cutter and he engages readers while also potentially turning them off. He often makes mistakes and rarely wants to take responsibility for his created problems. In fact from beginning to end, Ben doesn’t really change much from the slightly immature, act first think second bold teenager. In some ways Ben is the example many teens likely wish they could be. Totally comfortable with his sexuality, out of the closet at a young age, Ben adapts to the challenges thrown his way. He refuses to let his love put him in a closet or change who he is. Ben shows astonishing maturity during his first breakup with Tim, a maturity markedly lacking upon later meetings. The reasons are many and varied as the story tries hard to show that love is complex, messy, and never easy. Ben’s love for Tim never, ever goes away and this is offset by a lengthy relationship Ben has with his partner Jace. The love triangle between Ben, Tim, and Jace – although sorry, no threesomes – is honest, genuine, and rather frustrating. This is where I started to really dislike Ben in many ways. He’s human and ultimately flawed in many ways so it’s not very surprising when Ben makes all the wrong choices. Ben’s best friend Allison is often used as an outside voice of reason. Allison is incidentally a great character but used in very obvious manipulations. Allison only really exists later in the story to prompt Ben into actions and decisions. I really wish she hadn’t been used as such an obvious prop and instead given more subtly as she is quite enjoyable in scenes. Yet even with Allison’s influence Ben willingly and knowingly makes mistakes. Part of this should make him a likable and relatable character. Unfortunately I found Ben to be frustratingly immature. He continues to make mistakes and refuses to accept responsibility, preferring to run from the situation. In some ways he shows shocking maturity and self awareness. Yet at the same time he makes the most obvious and juvenile mistakes. This mixture creates a very complicated character but one that is not always likable. Not only that I couldn’t quite understand why Jace is so understanding and loving about everything from lying to infidelity and even Ben’s obvious cowardice. Supposedly love is the reason but this feels too easy. However I acknowledge that’s my own personal pet peeve in stories and other readers may not have this same issue. While the infidelity is handled very well and with an honesty that is to be commended, Ben’s own refusal to own up to his actions is what killed him for me as a hero not so much his confusion and the actual actions themselves. Although I don’t think this is a huge spoiler I’ll warn anyone to stop reading right now if you’re worried. One of the major plot points of the story is that Tim and Ben end up together. I don’t consider this a spoiler since the blurb explains the story is about the decade long relationship between Tim and Ben. So knowing this,I think the resolution between Ben and Jace is horribly manipulative. It’s an obvious way of getting Jace out of the picture so Ben and Tim can continue their relationship with a clear conscience. While romantic I suppose, I think Jace as a character deserved better. Again personal taste and other readers may feel differently. Overall Something Like Summer is a beautifully written, engaging story that does an excellent job of depicting flawed men as they struggle through life. The honestly shown is very vivid from the confusion of love to trying to find a direction in life and working through the tough times in a relationship. This is an easy story to read although not an easy journey for any of the characters. It’s a novel that is likely to resonate with readers. Although I had a few qualms I think these are highly personal and other readers may not have the same issues. The clean writing and editing is a delight to read and the showing tone helps create an even pace to the story. You simply won’t want this story to end.

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