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Something Like Summer

Something Like Summer 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 a

  • Title: Something Like Summer
  • Author: Jay Bell
  • ISBN: 9781458015327
  • Page: 120
  • Format: 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 wLove, 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.

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    1. 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 emo [...]

    2. *2.5 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 [...]

    3. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/Look at that bright and shiny 4.17 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 f [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. ***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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 stron [...]

    8. Oh my god! Okay *exhale* Full gamut of emotions. Haven't cried over a book in a whilew 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 [...]

    9. 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. 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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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, [...]

    14. SLIGHTLY PREDICTABLE BUT A WELL-WRITTEN ROMANCE BOOK.BUDDY READ with John and Lili:Lili's reviewI 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.BenPART 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 [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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, [...]

    18. 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) [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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.

    21. 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 wit [...]

    22. 5.0 StarsWow. 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, [...]

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

    24. 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 [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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, [...]

    27. First love. Maddening love. Everlasting love. This is a story of first love. High school ignites sparks between Ben and Tim. Ben wanted Tim, stalked him and craved him like no other. Tim shocked Ben with returning the desire. Tim was ashamed of his feelings for Ben, he hid them and asked Ben to keep their relationship under lock and key. Ben was willing to do anything for Tim, his love for Tim burned brightly, so he complied. It didn’t take long and Tim broke under the strain of his secrets. H [...]

    28. Overall this is about Benjamin Bentley's life throughout the time span of over a decade. I won't get into too much detail 'cause I'd rather not give any spoilers. "Love isn't meant to be hidden away. Life is too short for shame."His story starts out with Tim. His unrequited love which later on proceeded to become dysfunctional love. From the book's description and until I got through the first 100 pages, I genuinely expected this to be a "high school sweetheart" kind of story but, oh boy, I was [...]

    29. I honestly don't know how to review this book. I love the way Jay Bell writes. Because of how well he puts pen to paper he drew me into Ben and Tim's life. I felt those tingles you get when you are crushing hard. Then I was heartbroken right along with Ben when Tim walks away. TIIIIMMMMMMMMM I hated Tim with the fire of a thousand burning suns of course because I still loved him , how then am I supposed to fall in love with Jace. I am like a child being introduced the new significant other in a [...]

    30. *0.5*Una novela que quizás, lo más atractivo que tuvo fueron las primeras páginas. Fue una historia que lo más probable Jay Bell fue creando en el momento, ya que hay relleno con cosas cómicamente absurdas. Para mi es una buena calificación, ya que me hizo reír de lo irracional. Media estrella es más que suficiente.

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