I am SO excited for today’s post… a review of one of my favorite books of all time. Now, do not take this lightly. Because I have read quite a few books in my time (…by that i mean i was a distinguished member of my elementary school’s millionaire word count book club…), and I rank this book above all else. While I will say it is subject to change, it is highly, HIGHLY unlikely.
*I have not included any spoilers… everything I talk about here is disclosed in the blurb of the book.
You may have heard of Call Me By Your Name before – in 2017 it was released as a movie directed by Luca Guadagnino. It stars one of my all time favorite actors (not just because of his face) Timothee Chalamet, as Elio. I can say that they couldn’t have chosen a better person for that role. Haha, I haven’t even seen the movie yet, but I can’t imagine anyone better.
Anyways, I read the book and it is absolutely amazing. Do you want to feel whole but also broken into a thousand pieces at the same time? Do you want to feel like true love exists but doesn’t ever really work out? Okay, you might not think you need to feel those things, but Andre Aciman will convince you that you do. I couldn’t put down this book. Here’s some of the basic info:
Author: Andre Aciman
I love Andre Aciman’s writing style so much. He goes into just enough description, and you as a reader feel exactly what he wants you to feel. The emotion and rawness of this book is just so overwhelming and I still can’t get over it. Ugh, this book is literally the love of my life.
Also, Call Me By Your Name (oh boy, I’m going to make an acronym and make it CMBYN) was actually published in 2007, so it’s been 13 years since it was shown to this world and I didn’t read it til LAST YEAR??? Welp, I’ve been missing out. I probably wouldn’t have understood it anyway. I wasn’t very interested in love. Lucky for you, this post will ensure you won’t have to miss out on this beautiful work of art any longer.
Some other books he’s written include Find Me (a sequel to Call Me By Your Name), Out of Egypt, and Enigma Variations. I haven’t read any of his books except CMBYN but I plan on reading ALL of them if they are anywhere near the quality of this beauty.
From the back of the book: “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. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting current of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward one thing both fear the may never truly find again: total intimacy.”
Okay, from my perspective, I think CMBYN is so undeniably real. I think it’s one of those books that actually talks about the different things (no matter how strange they may seem put on a page) that love often comes with. A lot of other romance books that I’ve read often completely ignore the rough parts of a realistic story, and that maybe things aren’t always a happy ending, but Aciman doesn’t cut out realistic things that would have happened because they are uncomfortable to read. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything, yet the words are still readable – on the border between having to stop because it feels like you are intruding on two lovers’ privacy and the intimacy they feel. I’ve never felt like I was intruding on something so rare in a book before, but wow. It is a different experience and almost addicting. That sounds really wrong, but read the book and then tell me what you think.
This book lets you dive head first into the mind of Elio, who I think is very relatable. Reading his thoughts, questions, musings, and insights on the events that go on in this book, it was literally like re-thinking what I had already questioned and agonized over before. Okay, I could go on and on with this, but I will let you read for yourself.
-Definitely R – if you are under 17, I would ask your parents before you read this book. There are a couple risky parts and references (HAHA, Sera, don’t lie, this entire BOOK is a risky emotional rollercoaster) but in my opinion it just adds to the sparkle of the book✨ I won’t go into it too much, but phwew, WHEW, it gets hot and steamy. Even when Elio and Oliver are just having a conversation you can just feel the tension and attraction through the book. Does that even make sense? Oh baby, the emotion overload.
This might be the best section of this entire post. The quotes from this book are otherworldly. Andre Aciman, how could you make a such a perfect book? I didn’t think a perfect book existed but, boy. This one is the closest there is, if you ask me.
If I could have him like this in my dreams every night of my life, I’d stake my entire life on dreams and be done with the rest.Elio
We had found the stars, you and I. And this is given once only.Elio
They are embossed on every song that was a hit that summer, in every novel I read during and after his stay, on anything from the smell of rosemary on hot days to the frantic rattle of the cicadas in the afternoon – smells and sounds I’d grown up with and known every year of m life until then but that had suddenly turned on me and acquired an inflection forever colored by the events of that summer.Elio
The last one is my favorite. I relate to it so much🤍 I would literally quote the entire book, but that would give too much away:)
Wow. Just wow. This is the type of book (maybe the one book in my life) that I could read over and over and over again and still want to read it again. You find new things to focus on with each read. Surprisingly, the uncomfortable, real parts don’t get any less uncomfortable the more you read it. Nonetheless, it’s captivating, it’s unique, and it’s perfect.
My rating of CMBYN: 🥑10 avocados out of 10🥑 100%!
I 100% recommend reading Call Me By Your Name. It is, like I said, my current favorite book of all time.
While the book is one of a kind, I am planning on watching and doing a review of the movie soon. Watch this trailer in the meantime:
WHew. The heat.
Have you guys heard of CMBYN? Even better, have you read it? What do you think? Let me know in the comments:)