It’s actually been a while since I finished reading this book, so it’s not as fresh as it could be, but sometimes giving yourself some time to sit and stew over an opinion is a good way to analyze whether you liked a particular movie, book, restaurant, etc. That being said, I didn’t really need a lot of time to know that I enjoyed Something Like Winter.
Something Like Winter is the second book in Jay Bell’s Something Like… series, however the second book is really just the first book retold from a different perspective. Reading the same story from a different perspective honestly didn’t sound that appealing to me, how much more of the story is there left to tell? I felt like I got enough from the first installation, but I’m so glad I grabbed the next one. It showed through example that, even though you may think you know enough about someone and his/her situation, there could still be so much more to his/her story beyond what you’ve experienced, and that was exactly the case with Tim Wyman. You learn a lot about him in Something Like Summer, or at least enough to develop a pretty defined opinion, but then the tables are turned when you begin learning his back story. As I read, I began to understand the character more and decisions he made in Something Like Summer suddenly made sense. I hadn’t really experienced anything like this before in literature (and what would I give if JK Rowling thought this was a good idea).
What I like about Jay’s series is how real and relatable his characters are. The interactions are actually believable, which is so important for me while reading a story. I want to feel like the interactions I’m witnessing could honestly happen. I want to feel like I’m eavesdropping on a real conversation and learning real insecurities about real people, and Jay does a great job conveying the believability.
Winter is only the second book in a long running series detailing the Ben Bentley/Tim Wyman love story. So far, each book has offered more than enough to keep me coming back for the next book.