I've always loved Tim Wyman right from the first book, was never really a fan of the whole "Jace and Ben" probably because i felt that their story was a bit rushed in the first book. And probably because i can somehow relate to Tim in terms of loving something so much but then realizing that you'll never be able to get it. Anyway, it was to hear Tims' side of the story, most things finally made sense and i found myself rooting for Tim even when he was being a d***. The first book actually has a movie coming up, I hope the producers read this second book and cast suitable actors for the role (Tim speaks spanish and Allison is black) would hate for them to mess it up like hollywood usually does. All in all, BRILLIANT BOOK!, i would recommend reading "something like summer" first before reading this one. Although to be honest, Tims' side of the story has a bit more RAWWWR to it....if you know what i mean. ;)
I have to admit i wasn't Tim Wyman's biggest fan in something like summer but Jay Bell managed to change my mind with ease in yet another great book. I can't praise Bell enough. I already know before i read a Jay Bell creation that i'm going to enjoy it because he has such an easy flow to his work that it allows you to truly immerse yourself in the world of these diverse characters. I also love that this is a stand alone story in that you don't have to have read Something like Summer to understand this one, however i do suggest that you read both as there are scenes that appear in both books and you can now read both sides of the story so to speak. Yet another success that i would reccomend to all. Looking forward to the next.
I love Jay Bell! But I have to admit I was sceptical as to whether or not he could convince me that reading Tim's side of things would be worthwhile. I hadn't really warmed up to Tim in "Something Like Summer" and I was a bit worried that by making Tim more sympathetic that he might take away something from the romance I was really invested in-Ben and Jace. Also worried that it may just be a "re-hash" of old scenes. Suffice it to say that no he didn't and it wasn't! Every scene in this book adds something new to the story and to all the characters. Seeing Ben through Tim's eyes was a revelation and even though Jace only appeared in a few scenes I wound up loving him more than ever. I was impressed that even through the chapters where Ben did not feature that he still had a presence but there was no sense that Tim was merely marking time-we can really see him growing as a character and into his sexuality, from his time in a frat house, relationship with Eric and his fractured relationships with his parents. It all adds to the story. Those of us who have read SLS knew the ending...but not really! There is more to find out about where Ben and Tim go, and it felt like an extra special surprise present! Do you need to read SLS to enjoy this book? Probably not, it could read as a stand alone quite easily-but really why would you want to?
as a 16 year old, gay, closeted teenager, I can honestly say this book has changed my life and made me 1000x more confident in where my life is going. I know I'm only 16, but I have just whit eased ben and tim go through exactly what I'm going through now, and now I feel like I know what to do to prevent all the bad things from happening. I cried, I laughed, and I loved these books to pieces. I can't thank jay enough for sharing such a beautiful story, and I hope there are more to come because I've never in my life been so emotionally attached to a book the way I am with this series, thank you
After reading the first book in the series I was straight onto this one. While the stories don't lead on from each other, instead running parallel, the new perspective and glimpse into the previously unseen life really adds character to this book. I thought it would be a bit same old considering it was running in the same timeline (more or less), but it wasn't.
Well worth a read, but not after you have read Something Like Summer.
As another person's POV, this book is very good. It essentially fills out 'Something like summer' and keeps the reader's interest till the very end. It isn't quite as good as SLS, but is nevertheless a very good read in it's own right.
Also anyone can read either or both books, and in whatever order, they are written that well.
This is one lengthy book, but it still managed to have me reading on the whole time! I was disappointed when it ended, not because it was a poor ending but because there was no more to read. I would recommend this and a book called "The One Who Saves Me" to absolutely everyone and anyone! This is a cheap purchase worth making!
I loved the entire "Seasons" series but "Somehing Like Winter" is by far my favourite. I absolutely love the Tim Wyman character andd reading the same story (or is it really?) from another character's viewpoint is absolutely amazing. I would strongly recommend anything written by Jay Bell!
Having read "Something Like Summer" I wasn't sure how I would take to this book, which tells the same story from the point of view of a different character. But i worked for me, and I really enjoyed spending more time with these characters. I'll definitely be looking out for more by this author.
The first book set the scene and this book has carried it on, giving different perspectives of the main role figures. Sometimes sad sometimes happy, it as is good follow up from Summer and I cannot wait to start on the next chapter of this story.