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I lived every episode through him. What happens when you find that the man you love has a good human being loving and taking care of him? Do you take your chance and try to be happy, ignoring everything or do you leave that true love undisturbed , living happy and in harmony and head back to your meaningless life?

I don't like the books where there's no villain or bad guys. Who to blame? Why should everyone love everyone? How can I continue reading if there's someone who's gonna get his heart broken? The author did a great job, I won't spoil anything, I liked the ending, not the one I was expecting though. I would have liked a "greater Finale", but at the end, I didn't really know how I wanted the ending to be.

I didn't want someone to get hurt. Still, this is a " make feel good" book. I recommend it to everyone! You won't be disappointed. Sep 30, anna readingpeaches rated it really liked it Shelves: 1-contemporary , 2-lgbt-authors , 2-lgbt , soft , favourites , 2-ownvoices , 2-mlm , first-person-pov. This review is also posted at Reads Rainbow. Almost Like Being in Love is a gift for a simple reason: it gives us both.

Half the fun with this book is its format. But at the same time somehow makes everything more realistic and more intimate; you can feel the desperation in a character when it bleeds even into exam questions for a class he teaches. And what a story it is!! Travis and Craig properly met - and fell in love - their senior year of high school, a few months before graduation. At literally opposite ends of the country. And subsequently losing touch.

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Now fast forward twenty years and let Travis hear their song. So clearly wanting to reconnect with the love of your life because of a melody is gay culture. Incredibly relatable? I mean, lesbians move in together before dessert on the first date… Who of us has ever heard of chill. So yes, the characters are very believable, which comes from Almost Like Being in Love being an ownvoices book. But they are all also just genuinely well written, with little quirks and prominent character traits, and life goals that are everything but clear.

Kluger created amazing characters that you cannot help but want to become friends with. It is, first and foremost, a love story. A love story that spans decades and almost brings a new meaning to romance. A love story that allows the characters to grow us people, make mistakes and make amends, that lets them fight for what they want. To be honest, no review can do it justice.

This book feels exactly like that. View all 4 comments. Nov 25, Lenore rated it really liked it Shelves: funny , reviewed-by-yours-truly , ya-na , ugh-little-to-no-sex , because-susan-is-the-bestest , friends-to-lovers , , angst-anyone , lgbt , buddy-read. This is one of those times I can't do a proper review. Mostly because there are so many things I want to say about this book, I don't know where to begin. So I'll just say that I loved it.

It made me smile, laugh out loud even. It made my heart ache and jump and swell in my chest. It made me love and root for the main characters, and it also introduced me to a set of remarkable side characters. Travis, I admit I liked you a teeny tiny more than Craig, and your best friend Gordo was fun, but Crai This is one of those times I can't do a proper review. A question that remained unanswered: if Travis and Craig were so much in love, why did they stop writing to each other?

And if it was inevitable, why did it happen so soon after they separated? It was clear that they both thought the other had stopped writing first, and I would have liked to see that detail explained. Not that it bothered me all that much, admittedly. Another thing that could have been elaborated upon was Travis's sudden decision to search for Craig.

How was he so sure Craig was the one? Why now? It could have easily been a "desperate times call for desperate measures," a "hail Mary" solution. Not that the romantic in me wasn't cheering him on throughout the book, mind you. Despite its flaws, which were few and minor, Almost Like Being in Love was a wonderful reading experience, which I'm grateful to my GR friend Susan for. View all 27 comments. Feb 05, Kassa rated it it was amazing.

This is one of those classic great books that makes the blog review rounds almost every year as more and more readers discover its greatness. Almost Like Being in Love is a tour de force of wit, charm, and cultural references. A large cast of incredible characters immediately delights and entertains even if the This is one of those classic great books that makes the blog review rounds almost every year as more and more readers discover its greatness. Right now. Almost is a true love story that follows Travis and Craig over the course of twenty years but is told in a unique style.

Instead of a straight narrative, the story is told in emails, letters, memos, legal pages, newspaper articles, checklists, to do lists, diary entries, homework assignments, and notices between all the characters. The main romantic connection starts with Travis and Craig as young students in boarding school that bond and fall in love quickly as only teenagers can do.

On opposite coasts for college, the two drift apart and the story picks up as twenty years have past. Both men have left an indeliable mark on each other but their lives have gone on. Craig has turned into a politically active lawyer with a long time companion, Clayton, while Travis is living with his long time roommate and best friend Gordo while struggling to find love. When Travis decides he must get Craig back, his journey of hilarious comedy and touching romance is not to be missed. There is so much going on in the story, yet the focus is always on the interpersonal connections.


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Nothing is confusing or overwhelming and the quick pace lends to a book you finish with satisfying delight, yet wish it never had to end. The snappy retorts are unique with an air that feels fresh and totally different than anything else. The unique style of writing immediately draws you into the quirky and charming voice of the author. That same voice permeates all the characters so each one is snarky, witty, clever, funny, and entertaining.

They are all this way to an extent with no evil forces but instead a large and varying cast of entertaining and amusing men, women, and children. I thought this would get tiring after a while, all this humor and wit, but the deft handling and crisp writing keep the story moving incredibly fast. The quick changes of style from memo to diary to checklist and so on allow the story and characters to keep up their antics without causing the reader to fatigue on all the endless clever dialogue.

Instead, strap in and enjoy the laugh out loud hilarious moments alongside the poignant, touching scenes. Travis is an absolute delight as an obsessive compulsive history teacher that fell into the job while following a cute ass. Despite his insane and unbelievable action, he has a quirky magic that makes you wish Travis is real. His unique brand of helping others without realizing it gives every character a happy, fitting ending.

Craig is a perfect counterpoint with his political activism, which he gains from his early association with Travis, and plethora of lost causes. His memos to his law partner Charleen are filled with hilarious cultural references while giving in your face honest opinions. Even his relationship with Clayton is touching and steamy, leaving you wondering how everything will turn out. If anyone stole the show, young Noah perhaps did.

His hilarious and adorable communications with his lawyer Craig are great touches to an already outstanding cast. If anyone was destined to become president at a young age, my vote is on Noah. Alongside all the humor, wit, and clever innuendo inserted in very obvious ways, the story is at heart a romance and a love letter to first love. The fabulous storytelling and great writing keep you engaged and absorbed from the beginning to the end but also reminiscent of young lovers and their hopes for forever.

View all 7 comments. It is so flipping romantic and beautiful and thoughtful and special I just can't Someone asked if I was orgasming. So using rational and coherent thoughts, here is the basic plot premise: Two adorable, quirky dudes named Craig and Travis fall in love in high school in the 70's and then unfortunately have to split apart to go to separate colleges.

They write to each other for a while and think about each other all the time and are totally in love. Both think though that the other has stopped responding to the other's letters not really sure what happened here really, this plot would have been much easier but less romantic if there were cell phones involved. So twenty years pass and they're now 38 and moved on with their lives because they have to and also they figured the other probably has. But they still super love each other to infinity. Travis is a lovable history professor who is admired by his students for his honesty and humor and openness and Craig has his own law firm with his female friend and is a respected civil rights lawyer and defender of all things just and good.

One day Travis realizes that he's tired of waiting and trying to be with all these other guys so he searches to find Craig in a hilarious journey cross country and eventually finds Craig. BUT Craig is in a long-term relationship with a guy for 12 years. Soooo that complicates things. But not in a bad way, it's actually so touching and incredible. There's no cheating in this book btw, so don't get that impression. After the first section that is told in 3rd person letters, the chapters are told in first person letters and lists and narration from both Craig and Travis's points of view.

Both characters are so alive and vibrant that this book felt so much longer and more impactful than it would seem from just looking at it. The author manages to create such a beautiful world that really takes your breath away. Also the story is just so fucking adorable.

For real. Everyone is basically gay, and the people that aren't are just super dope and accepting and perfect and I love them. There's no petty drama where people just hate other people. Characters aren't just discarded of in order to make the plot easier. There's no slut-shaming, no people-hating, no stupid stereotypes for the most part , and no unnecessary stupid drama to extend the story more than was needed. And it's so freaking funny I swear I just can't with this book it's so great.

This will be you afterwards. Recommended to Jen by: A lot of people, and I love you all forever. Shelves: hi-freaking-larious , m-m-romance , friends-to-lovers , flufftasticness , buddy-read , favorites , sobbed-like-a-rabid-hyena. A quick note before you read my sappy-ass review: do yourself a favor, and read this as an actual book, and not as an e-book. Anyway… I want to give this book a million stars, I loved it so much.

I literally hugged this book when I finished it… and how ridiculous is that?! Is it possible to feel completely shattered and completely blissfully happy all at the same time? If I really got started heaven help you all , I could probably gush and squee about this book for words upon sentences upon paragraphs upon pages, but… really, everyone should just experience it for themselves. A messy, tragic, happy life.

Favorite lines: view spoiler [ " 4 I can't remember what 'fluctuate' means. Do people really survive this? View all 20 comments. Apr 09, Deeze rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone. Shelves: pick-me-up , more-story-than-sex , would-read-again , old-fasioned-print-versions , laugh-out-loud , favorites , read-more-than-once , fail-safe.

If there was ever a book that deserved more than 5 stars this is it. Not only was it one of the sweetest love stories ever but so funny I was laughing out loud through out the whole book. I could rave about this book so much but I could never do it justice. If you haven't read it yet then your missing out. It is so worth the time and money. Jan 27, T.


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Five stars? View 1 comment. Shelves: highly-recommended , sweet , funny , awesome , delightful. What can I say, brilliant, engaging and funny. It made my day, loved it. View 2 comments. Jul 17, Kati rated it it was amazing Shelves: in-english , queer , , romance , favorites , humor. If you like hilarious gay stories, then this one is just the book you were looking for.

It's not written in the usual "book-ish" style, it's like looking into someone's life through their Post-It notes, emails, journal entries etc. It's new and totally refreshing but it takes some time to get used to. Travis is the guy who counts his pop-corn and lines up the peas and asparagus on his plate a If you like hilarious gay stories, then this one is just the book you were looking for.

Travis is the guy who counts his pop-corn and lines up the peas and asparagus on his plate and wants to write a book about "Alexander Hamilton and the Designated Hitter" with the intent to prove that American baseball league was founded on the same set of rules that are outlined in The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton Or he had been in High School when he spent the most wonderful summer with him.

But then, they went to college and chose separate ways Though there is a little problem Craig has a boyfriend with whom he has lived for the last 12 years A really really nice boyfriend. Travis simply grows on you. Like a mold. He is so great that even the football players at the University look forward to his American History classes and he has this really big heart and everybody whom he meets obviously falls in love and has the happily ever after He is the guy that would drive you completely crazy until you couldn't but kiss him senseless.

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And what does Craig think of the incredible Travis? He knows everything. Like metaphors and nuclear reactors and Luke Skywalker's middle name and the ingredients of Cheerios. All in the same sentence! So far, no problem. I mean, he hasn't come down on Junior Mints yet, so I'm okay. Cool book. The format's kind of a pain in the ass, but well worth it. Jan 14, Emma Sea marked it as dnf Shelves: auckland-library.

I really, really tried to love this book. I wanted to love this book. But somehow it just slid by me without any engagement. I didn't find the characters believable, although they were likeable. After three weeks I gave up and skipped to the end to find out what happens. I feel bad for not enjoying it :. Feb 17, Heather K dentist in my spare time marked it as to-read Shelves: at-my-library , bought-but-haven-t-read-yet , paperback-or-hardcover. Recommended to L-D by: Deeze. Shelves: recommended-to-me , hs-childhood-loves , romance , m-m , favorites , author-writer-journalist.

I'm in shell shock right now. I just finished this book and I jumped on GRs to immediately spill to my friends. Some of my friends on GR to remain nameless like to recommend angsty books even though they know I will put them on my read-rage shelf. I thought for sure that this book was going to destroy me. Travis and Craig were first loves from HS. It is the typical jock meets nerd story but there's no HS level angst of the jock hiding his homosexuality from his other jocky friends. Travis and Craig's friendship is amazing and their romance is the perfect story of first loves.

Travis and Craig unfortunately go to separate colleges and slowly drift apart. Begin angst Cue my increased heart rate and stress levels. This story is told through a series of narratives, emails, letters, exam results, depositions, and more. It was an extremely humorous and creative way to tell the story but I definitely found my self skimming rapidly through the depositions - I just had to skip, skip, skip to get to Craig and Travis because I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happened.

I was tremendously stressed throughout this book. In the description, it says that they both have jobs, loves, and new lives. The whole love part freaked me out the entire time. How do you win back your love from 20 years ago when he is already in a relationship? One that has lasted over a decade? I prepared myself for the worst case scenario - tissues in hand. I was in cold-sweats the entire time and I cursed my friends' existences. This is a MUST read book with highs, lows, and loop-de-loops. Seriously - I know you have a credit card.

Buy this book. View all 55 comments. The story is, from a romantic point of view, very conventional: two boys fall in love, college for some reason takes them apart, and after almost 20 years one of them - the former nerd and now history professor Travis - realizes that the other one - the former jock and now civil rights lawyer Craig - was the only love of his life.

It would be a perfect romantic movie, with a bit of road trip, goofy moments and some drama. What's different, even if not original, is that the story is told through The story is, from a romantic point of view, very conventional: two boys fall in love, college for some reason takes them apart, and after almost 20 years one of them - the former nerd and now history professor Travis - realizes that the other one - the former jock and now civil rights lawyer Craig - was the only love of his life. What's different, even if not original, is that the story is told through journal entries, email, letters, school papers, etc.

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We get the point-of-views of the protagonists, their own words, but we also see them through the eyes of their friends and all the people they meet. I must confess that at a certain point I almost thought I wouldn't finish it. The story was charming, but it wasn't really gripping, or the many voices were distracting me, I don't know, but I think it was Gordo, Travis' best friend, who drew me in. The story was almost too perfect. I must admit that I wasn't sure the author would write the romantic thing, but he was able to wrap up all the individual stories in a nice way, so that nobody really got hurt.

It's both the strength and the weakness of this book. It's funny, but sometimes almost too funny. It's so clean that I think I liked it even if a lot more on an intellectual level than on an emotional one. I see myself re-reading it though. Likes and Dislikes: 1. I loved the beginning when they were young, friends, and realizing they were falling in love. It was sweet and I was caught up with them instantly. Characters: I liked both the MC's. Travis is quirky and adorable. He loves musicals and has a touch of OCD. Craig is the high school jock who grows up with the "fight for what you believe" attitude.

Gordo - I loved him!!!! He is the perfect best friend. He's funny and has a sharp wit. I think the secondary characters really m Likes and Dislikes: 1. I think the secondary characters really made this. Charleen, Clayton, Jody, Noah, and Gordo's dad. They propelled the story and got me back on track. I thought the format of the book was original. At times this got extremely boring. Once they were adults it went downhill. There was also too much baseball for my liking.

Boston is my backyard so it's always fun when names are dropped that I recognize. I really liked Travis' history exam questions. Everything picked up once Travis decided to go after Craig. Road trips make me happy. The author did a great job at building up the big reunion moment. This was a major eye-rolling moment for me. I guess it was suppose to be OTT like Travis but it went too far.

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