Book: Call Me By Your Name
Author: André Aciman
Series: Call Me By Your Name, #1
Genres: LGBTQ+, Romance
Publication Date: 23rd January 2007
My Rating: 🌕🌕
Date Finished: 2nd October 2020
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' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits 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 both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
I'd looked at this book several times before I found it in my favourite bookstore, The Works, in their 3 for £5 offer. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with it as the description is rather vague.
This starts with Elio meeting the summers newest house guest, Oliver. Elio's parents invite a new person every summer to come and work with them on transcripts and their own work while exploring the Italian countryside and learning the language. Elio is fascinated by Oliver and can't help but want to be close to him; to talk to him, to laugh with him; to be with him physically.
I'll be honest about myself when I read; I tend to ignore some of the description and focus mainly on the dialogue. That was impossible with this. There is very little dialogue between the characters throughout. It's all Elio's internal thoughts about Oliver and the things around him. It's almost like a memoir. Don't get me wrong, it is very poetically written but I wasn't totally enjoying it. I had no idea what half of the words he used meant - which made me feel a little stupid. (If I'd had this for my Kindle I could at least have used the in built dictionary to find out.)
At one point, I did get sucked in. I read about 50-60 pages straight but then my interest waned again. I put it down for about 4 days before I picked it up again. It wasn't grabbing me at all considering the book only had 248 pages and I would normally fly through books that length in about a day or two.
I enjoy a good M/M Romance but this was not at all like what I normally read. I think it's something I would prefer to watch, than to read. And I will watch it...eventually.