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A wonderfully enjoyable romance
8 June 2017
It's been a long time since I've found a book that's so compulsively readable. There are certainly a few minor flaws - namely a tendency to rush, through necessity, over a 12-year arc. A couple of times, the author could have inserted dialogue to show rather than tell some particularly important scenes, especially in one blistering argument between two of the main characters.
However, "Something Like Summer" is a treat of a romantic novel. By telling the story from the point of view of a seriously flawed lead, in the form of temperamental and vaguely obsessive Ben, Bell manages to pull off a nuanced storyline that unashamedly puts romance at its centre.
Tim was, for me, the most intriguing of Bell's characters, but the supporting friendly figure of Allison was a joy. Bell also deserves points for his attention to detail and for capturing the disconcerting lunacy that comes with falling in love.
A pleasure to read in the two days it took for me to devour it.