If you loved Call Me by Your Name I would actually recommend you NOT to read this book but to let things rest at the end of Call Me by Your Name. When I first heard the news about a sequel, I was so excited. I loved Call Me by Your Name and couldn’t wait to get back to Italy and the bittersweet love story between Elio and Oliver. But unfortunately, Find Me is not so much a second act for grown-up Elio and Oliver as I had hoped for. Instead, it’s more of Elio’s dad and Elio’s new relationship, than about Elio and Oliver getting back together.
The book starts off with Elio’s dad Samuel meeting the young Miranda on a train trip. It made me really sad to learn that Elio’s dad was divorced from Elio’s mother - In Call Me by Your Name they seemed like such a wonderful couple – and that his and Elio’s relationship wasn’t quite as special any longer either. But as the story evolves, the relationship between Elio and his father becomes more of the honest and supportive one they had in the first book and we get to see glimpses of Elio’s and Oliver’s future lives; how they’ve moved on, settled in new relationships, made new career choices, aged and faced new life challenges.
But to be honest, Find Me does not feel like a sequel, more like a standalone. If I hadn’t been dying to get a HEA of Elio and Oliver, I think I would have appreciated this book much more, but now I mostly felt frustrated and unsatisfied reading it.
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Call Me by Your Name takes place in Italy the summer that Elio turns 17 and his father invites the doctoral student, 24-year-old Oliver, to stay with them for the summer. Elio is immediately drawn to Oliver, and years later he can still remember watching him step out of the cab, “billowy blue shirt, wide-open collar, sun-glasses, straw hat, skin everywhere. It might have started right there and then.” From that very first meeting, one of the most touching, beautiful and bittersweet love stories ever will evolve.
I love the writing style, it’s so beautiful, almost poetic. There is so much emotions going on underneath, all hidden feelings, all subdued passion. It’s like every word has a hidden meaning, as if each and every word has been chosen carefully to provide as much feelings as possible; to really make you feel deep down Elio’s heart-wrenching longing for Oliver yourself.
This sure is a book that gets under your skin! It has so many layers and levels, and André Aciman does a remarkable job in describing the over-whelming mix of desire, fear, lust and joy, that comes with first love. The story is affecting, melancholic and passionate without ever being melodramatic.
And not to forget, the Italian setting and the vivid descriptions of the summer house, the views and the village, adds so much to the story. Reading this book make you feel the warm Italian sun on your skin and smell the flowers. To give you an idea, this book is a bit like A Room with a View meets Brokeback Mountain. Or Brideshead Revisited taking place in Italy in the 1980s.
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