Funny story how I came across this book: the author actually sent it to me as a gift, so first and foremost, thanks Jay! I’m honored that he would send me one of his many books as a gift. You can check out other novels by him at http://www.jaybellbooks.com/.
However, even though he sent me the book himself, I’ll try to remain as objective as possible as I deliver my thoughts on the book, so here goes nothing.
I liked it! You can ask RJ – I had a difficult time putting this book down, but I’m not exactly sure why that is. The book is not written at a terribly high level; it’s very simple to understand and the language isn’t too thick to get through, which I appreciate. It’s a quick read – nothing like The Fellowship of the Ring or One Hundred Years of Solitude, which is nice for people who have busy schedules. In short, I’m saying it’s not a book to which you need to devote 100% of your attention.
Which is a bit odd because, in a way, I became obsessed. I think it had something to do with reminding me of how life was like for me in high school, as I went through a similar situation as the protagonist. I fell for a guy that wasn’t ready for any kind of emotional relationship; he was only interested in a physical one, and that’s how this book plays out in the beginning. The rest of it trails off but you find yourself being wrapped up in what’s going on anyway.
Since we homosexuals don’t have a lot of literature that relates to us when we’re in our youth, I think it really takes us back when we happen across a book like Something Like Summer. I found myself feeling certain emotions that I haven’t felt since high school, and in this way I found the book campy. But being campy isn’t a bad thing; a lot of the entertainment industry builds itself on being campy (True Blood and Queer As Folk to name a couple), so don’t let me calling it campy deter you.
If you’re willing to take off your critical hat and sit down to enjoy a good campy gay novel, I’d go for this one. It isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill gay fiction satiated with erotica, which was a nice change of pace. I’d suggest you give it a whirl, and let me know what you think.
Oh, and it’s being turned into a movie, which is kind of cool, right?