It is time for a little bonus book review! whoop, whoop! This little bonus review is for Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman, and you are soon going to see why it isn’t getting a normal review. So let’s do this!
I hate this book. it is as simple as that. I actually ended up DNFing it at around 200 pages, and I pretty much never DNF. I just could not force myself to read a single word more. I just hated it.
I went into this book really wanting to love it. I was hoping that it would be incredibly moving and that it would be beautiful and just an incredible book. and it wasn’t any of these things. It was just straight up bad. And I hated pretty much every second of it. I just had so many issues with this book. I could not stand the characters for one thing. I had hoped that this would be an incredible LGBTQA+ romance and it really wasn’t. the relationship was disturbing and uncomfortable to read. One half of it was 17 the other 24! It was a really uncomfortable dynamic.
And that just the start of it. both characters are incredibly manipulative and there is an ongoing theme of them taking advantage of people, including each other. And the main character is incredible obsessive. Like unbelievably obsessive. Particularly with Oliver. He is boarding on stalking! His thought patterns and behaviours are just so wrong. And so destructive and obsessive and not good. I don’t even know how to explain just how uncomfortable this is to read and how it is so bad. It is just not right and I am slightly concerned about Aciman’s state of mind for having written this relationship.
I also found that it was too overly and unnecessarily sexual. I have read a lot of books with large sexual elements to them. having read everything from Fifty Shades Of Grey to A Court Of Thorns And Roses and books in between, graphic and debauched sexual scenes don’t usually affect me. They don’t shock me or disturb me or even really register anymore. But this book is just incredibly disturbing. Between the swimming trunk scene and the peach scene, it is just too much. Aciman just takes it too far. Way too far. It is unnecessarily graphic and just straight up unnecessary.
As you can see, I really dislike this book. I really don’t get how people are saying that it is beautiful and a once in a life time read……it is seriously fucked up and not even enjoyable to read! I am so disappointed by this book.
0 out of 5
And there we have your bonus, ranty, hatey book review! have you read Call Me By Your Name? did you find it enjoyable? Am I just broken? I hope that you have enjoyed this bonus review and I will see you all again very soon.