Today I am reviewing Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman, my first LGBT review of the year! With no doubt many more to come!
Andre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.
What a beautifully written story, highlighting a summer romance between two young men, with the gorgeous country of Italy as it’s backdrop. Romance aside, the vivid descriptions of the towns and landscape made me homesick for a country I’ve never lived in – It was the perfect idyllic setting for a summer romance to blossom, the summer heat rising along with the passion between Elio and Oliver.
It took a little while to get used to the writing style of this book for me, but once I got into the flow of it I was hooked. Oliver arrives at the villa in Italy for his summer trip, staying with Elio and his family. The relationship between the two boys swings a lot at first, between cold and distant, friendly, crushing on each other, and back to cold and distant. Elio lives on a constant rollercoaster of emotions, unsure what his feelings for Oliver mean, unsure how or if he should act on them.
So well written, this book can be an almost nostalgic read for some – Tackling summer romances, infatuation, sexual exploration, and the trials and tribulations of heartbreak. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one simultaneously reading it and comparing it to my own past experiences! It certainly isn’t a fluffy love story, giving a much more realistic experience of the ups and downs of a fresh romance, and showing it’s not always the ‘happily ever after’ ending we all wish we could have.