Title: Something Like Summer
Author: Jay Bell
Narrator: Kevin R Free
Publisher: Self Published
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
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.
My View – Story:
Have you ever had a book that you dread and love in equal measure? For me, Something Like Summer by Jay Bell is just such a book. I adore this series, but I know every time I pick up a title in the series; it is going to rip out my heart and stomp on it a few times before finally putting it back together.
This isn’t the first, or even the second, time I have read Something Like Summer. I have even managed to read Something Like Winter. I have to talk myself into each title, however. They are wonderful, don’t misunderstand me, but Bell can invoke emotions like no other.
Something like Summer is about Ben, Tim, and their journey together, apart, and back together. It starts when they are juniors in high school and follows them as they grow. Each story in the Seasons series is from a different character’s perspective, with Summer starting it all with Ben’s story. We see how love can grow and die in equal measure. We see how there isn’t necessarily one great love for everyone. We laugh. We cry. We rage. We cry some more. Then you want to do it all again…
My View – Narration:
I have a love/hate relationship with audiobooks of stories I have read in book format. The Narrator has to get the voices right. You know what I mean; they need to match the voices in my head. Then after I finally get used to the fact that they will NEVER match what I previously thought in my head, the narrator’s voice has to BECOME the voice in my head. Kevin R. Free does a fabulous job doing just that. As with most audiobooks, I had to listen to it a little faster than “normal” speed, but that isn’t a reflection on the narrator so much as a reflection on my impatience. You would think being from the South, actually from the same metro area in which the first part of Summer is set, I would be use to slow, but nope.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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