Thursday, 25 January 2018

Call Me By Your Name - Book Review

 During a restless summer on the Italian Riviera, a powerful romance blooms between seventeen-year-old Elio and his father’s house guest, Oliver. Unrelenting currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire threaten to overwhelm the lovers who at first feign indifference to the charge between them. What grows from the depths of their souls is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration, and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing they both already fear they may never truly find again; total intimacy.” 

*I have tried to keep spoilers to a minmum, however there may be a few little ones within this post*

I ordered this book as it was recommended by my friend Nicole, actually she pretty much demanded i read it, so we could talk about it. The book arrived on Sunday and i finished it last night (Wednesday). So it only took me three days to finish it, i honestly couldn’t put it down. It’s not a long book, only four chapters and 248 pages but it takes you on a wild ride let me assure you of that.

It summoned so many emotions in me and by the last page tears were genuinely streaming down my face. It’s an incredibly angsty book and constantly had me wondering, will they or won’t they? However i won’t give away the ending as i don’t want to ruin it for any of you who may be planning on reading it.

Throughout the book my love for both the main characters Elio and Oliver continuously grew. To be honest my friend who recommended it to me explained it a little before i’d read it and i was routing for them from that point on.

The book tells in first person (Elio) of his experience throughout those six weeks that Oliver was staying with them; and towards the end has a time hop of over twenty years. What i will say is, the ending for me left me wanting more and leaving me with questions i needed answering, however i’ve heard the cast of the film are totally on board with doing a second one so i’m hoping that i’ll possibly get my answers from that. I am yet to watch the film as i wanted to read the book first which i tend to do with alot of film adaptations of books, but i will definitely be watching it as soon as i get chance to.

I don’t read enough LGBTQ+ fiction and i took great pleasure in purchasing and reading this book, i think representation matters hugely especially for our community and i’m so happy that this book exists. Its definitely one i’d recommend to anyone i come across.

Call Me By Your Name has stirred up a number of emotions in me and has touched me deeply in a way that a book hasn’t in an extremely long time.

I’m giving it a 5* review.

Absolutely beautiful.

Have you read it yet or do you plan on doing so?


xo Bettie Karen