'm just going to say that "Call me by your name" by André Aciman really got me. It's a 2007 novel that centers on a blossoming romantic relationship between an intellectually precocious and curious 17-year-old American-Italian Jewish boy named Elio Perlman and a visiting 24-year-old American Jewish scholar named Oliver in 1980s Italy. The setting - probably the best part of the book! Hot summer nights, nature, sea, the house, an old Italian town, timeline - really resonated with me and reminded about my own summers spent in a big house far from the rest of the world or somewhere in Europe.

Another "top" part of the book - love, friendship and kids and parents' relationships. André has a special talent with words (kind of like Nabokov) and the book is full of precious quotes like this: "“Most of us can't help but live as though we've got two lives to live, one is the mockup, the other the finished version, and then there are all those versions in between. But there's only one, and before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it." (i'm sobbing already...) or this one “Twenty years was yesterday, and yesterday was just earlier this morning, and morning seemed light-years away.” Oh man!

Btw there is, of course, a movie with Timothée Chalamet and Army Hammer, that totally caught the book's atmosphere and a second book "Find me" - if you were curious how this all ended, it explains it all.




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