WARNING: If you have a heart,you’ll sob your eyes out reading this book.
I’m honestly surprised my copy of this book isn’t drenched and warped from all the tears I cried reading it. Every once in a while a story comes along that just makes me lose it. In middle school, I cried so much while reading Gatsby that my mom said “You have to stop crying- the people at school are going to think we’ve abused you!” I had no idea what she was talking about. Then I looked at myself in the mirror and realized my eyes were swollen and my face was blotchy and red. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I didn’t think I was going to get so emotional over the book because I had already seen the movie and knew what to expect. BUT I WAS NOT PREPARED. I still cry every time I watch the movie (it’s a favorite) and get emotional when I even think about the story. Oliver and Elio’s story is just so incredibly beautiful yet heartbreaking.
If you’re looking for a synopsis, here ya go:
Elio is a teenager spending the summer like he does every year at his family’s summer home in the countryside of Italy. His father is a professor, so every year they take a student under their wing and invite them to spend the summer at their home. Enter Oliver, an all American guy with a casualness they aren’t used to. Over time, Elio and Oliver form a bond one can only hope to experience in their life. Life isn’t fair though, and neither are the expectations they face as well as social stigmas.
Why should you read the book rather than just watching the movie? The movie just barely scratches the surface of how beautiful this story is. Reading the book made me feel for Elio, what he has faced, and how it has effected his life. The book also shows you their lives beyond the end of the film and lets you inside their story farther than a movie can allow. AKA ALWAYS READ THE BOOK!
This is one book that shouldn’t be missed. It is one of the few stories that I will never be able to forget. Every time I even look at the cover, I feel a gut-wrenching mix of emotions. It may not be considered a “classic” but it totally should be.