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First, let me start off by stating that I was very apprehensive about reading/listening to this second installment offered by Jay Bell. I absolutely adored and cherished Something Like Summer and I was so afraid that the next book might tarnish my mental images of Ben, Tim, and Jace...it took me over six months before I began the second part of this journey...but I was so wrong!!
So I began listening to the book on the treadmill at the gym, filled with anxiety and let me just say this...Jay Bell is an evil, evil person. Deliciously evil, that is!! Not to spoil anything, but I literally stumbled and fell off the treadmill as I listened to the first part of the story...evil I tell you (saying with a smile). Suffice it to say, I loved listening to Tim's perspective of the story and it only added pleasurable images to what was already in my head. Many of the holes (that I didn't even realize existed) from the first book were filled in and then to continue the story to a fantastic conclusion was exceptional. A great story and great continuation. I will state again, that Jay Bell's writing is exceptional and the narration by Kevin R. Free was spot on. I am looking forward to the next installment, Something Like Autumn.
I seriously recommend this book!!!
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What did you love best about Something Like Winter?
I had no idea this was going to be Tim's side of the same story I read in Something Like Summer (which quickly became one of my favorite books) What a great way to relive it through the eyes of the other main character.
What aspect of Kevin R. Free’s performance would you have changed?
Unfortunately, this is the one part of the book that bothered me. A lot of the characters sounded cartoonish. (Aaron and Tim's live-in boyfriend... I forget his name... sounded SO gay that it was almost offensive. Tim's grandmother sounded like Speedy Gonzales and adult Tim sounded like Moose from the old Archie cartoons)
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were so many of those moments. I don't think it's possible to pick just one.
Any additional comments?
I don't know which book was better or which book should be read first, but you don't want to miss Something Like Winter or Something Like Summer. It is worth every minute. It's been a couple of years since I read Something Like Summer, but now that I'm done with Winter, it's time for me to re-read Summer.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
In 'Something Like Summer' we were introduced to Ben and Tim, with that story being told from Ben's point of view, and when we first met Tim he wasn't the most likeable character, and for good reason! This story is told from Tim's perspective where we learn more about Tim and his mind set and how he comes to terms with his sexuality. As the story develops we get reacquainted with some familiar characters, and some new ones.
Tim's obsession with Ben, and his meddling in Ben's life is very nearly his undoing, with his emotions taking him, and us, on a roller coaster ride!
The excellent narration by Kevin R. Free brings the characters to life and I was disappointed when this story ended - I wanted more, and I'm so glad that there are further stories in this series, and I hope that they as good as these first two! This is 13 hours of listening well spent and I can highly recommend it!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What a lovely book, I love the idea of second perspectives and this does just that. It fills in a lot of blanks from the first book, while leaving enough grey areas for the next book to fill. Lovely, wholesome book. 10/10 would recommend
If you could sum up Something Like Winter in three words, what would they be?
Tim is complicated!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Tim. Trust me, you don't want to know unless you want a 5000 word essay on how sweet, adorable, thoughtful and cute and infuriating Tim can be all at once.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I think I loves witnessing the first moment where Tim realizes that he was in love with Ben.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Teach me how to fly, my beautiful butterfly.