Review: Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
Publisher: Atlantic Books London
My overall rating for this book: 5 stars
The story and triggers warnings
The story follows our main character Elio, who every summer goes to their house on the Italian Riviera. He’s parents takes in a guest every year. And this year it’s Oliver. We follow their relationship which blossoms over the summer. It’s an honest and compelling story about love. And above all, summer love. Since the story is told in retrospect, we know from the beginning that the love story does not continue, which filled me as a reader with a feeling of sorrow even though I hadn’t gotten to know the characters yet.
It’s a story about falling head over heels in love with someone and doing everything to feel loved.
A trigger warning is in place for somewhat graphic sex scenes. Aciman really have a way of describing these ones, I’m not sure if I loved it or disliked it. But it was an essential part of the book and story. Without it, the story would have felt flat.
What did I like/dislike about the book?
I absolutely fell in love with the story over all. It was well written and had a great balance between love and despair. I really felt for the main characters at most times and just wanted to jump into the book and hug them both.
As I mentioned above, there was pretty graphic sex scenes. Which I at times had trouble with. Especially a certain scene in the book regarding a fruit made me cringe out of my skin and I had to close the book for a couple of minutes. If you’ve read it, or seen the film, you probably know what I’m referring to.