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Almost Like Being in Love: A Novel de Steve…
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Almost Like Being in Love: A Novel (original: 2004; edição: 2004)

de Steve Kluger

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A high school jock and nerd fall in love senior year, only to part after an amazing summer of discovery to attend their respective colleges. They keep in touch at first, but then slowly drift apart. Flash forward twenty years. Travis and Craig both have great lives, careers, and loves. But something is missing .... Travis is the first to figure it out. He's still in love with Craig, and come what may, he's going after the boy who captured his heart, even if it means forsaking his job, making a fool of himself, and entering the great unknown. Told in narrative, letters, checklists, and more, this is the must-read novel for anyone who's wondered what ever happened to that first great love.… (mais)
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Título:Almost Like Being in Love: A Novel
Autores:Steve Kluger
Informação:Harper Paperbacks (2004), Paperback, 368 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
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Almost Like Being in Love: A Novel de Steve Kluger (2004)

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Craig and Travis fall in love in high school but go to different unis and drift apart. 20 years later Travis decides there is a big Craig-shaped hole in his life and decides to find Craig again.

This was a fun read that I suspect I would have enjoyed even more if a lot of the sporting and theatre references hadn't gone over my head. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Feb 14, 2021 |
What happens when we go to college?" I asked him nervously. "Is that the end of us?"
He glanced up from my chest and frowned as only Travis could frown.
"Do you love me?"
"Down to my toes."
"Then shut up."


I've been saying on here for a while that I wanted something with epistolary elements. I can't explain it,it just sounds good right now. I started this, and I was a bit confused through the first chapter by the format. Once I figured it out (e-reader formatting, I'm guessing) I didn't put this book down. I didn't stop laughing, I didn't stop crying. And I also held my breath a HELL of a lot. This is one of those reviews when I probably don't have the words. The run in the morning dew on an August morning feeling, the smell of your glove in softball, the joy and sorrows of those first loves and missed connections.

"We make families of our own," Travis whispered in my arms on the last night we spent together. "It starts with you and me and then it spreads. And whatever happens, there'll always be a part of me that's part of you. No matter what."

I always struggle emotionally with the missed connection type of stories. I think it's easy to see a million pieces of your past in them and sometimes that just hurts so good. What happens when you meet the your first love in your senior year of high school, go off to college across the country (like, 2988.2 miles away), and start living your lives. What happens when you've never really said good bye and suddenly after 20 years of being a lawyer and an American history professor, you realize someone's got a piece of you and you're feeling a bit unresolved. And what if, after all that time, you've had between 1 and 12 other love stories.

My whole life I've tried to remember the things he taught me. Not just about Ethel Merman and the Japanese American internment, but about finding the truth in everything you touch. Being Travis was a full-time job, yet that never kept him from teaching me how to be Craig.

Emails, journal entries, court cases, memos, written tests--I loved the way this story unfolded. And while the romance elements were swoony and lovely and heart bursting, there's no bitterness, there's barely sadness--It's joyful, Kluger gives us an additional cast and their relationships to adore. Take Gordon, travis's best friend since rooming in high school. He's a gem and a cheerleader to Travis's singularity, even starting in the late 70s in school:
TRAVIS: I never said I like boys!
GORDO: Ever beat off to Penthouse?
TRAVIS: No.
GORDO: Ever collect baseball cards?
TRAVIS: No.
GORDO: How old is Barbra Streisand?
TRAVIS: 36. Three weeks ago.
GORDO: What do you need? A fucking blueprint?


Of course, Travis- the big-hearted, courageous, genius whirlwind, Travis, falls for a jock. And frankly, Craig is equally lovely.
"I just can't figure this out," I said, kissing him yet again.
"It's easy," he replied, kissing back. "You love me."
"Oh, right."


I was bowled over by how authentic and warm these characters felt. There were times I didn't even know what I was rooting for (ok, ok, I usually did) Somehow, even Travis's students were lovely and we only saw test answers from them. The dynamic between him and Gordon. AJ, Clayton, and Charleen. All wonderful. Noah-a 9 year old spitfire.

I was afraid this would happen. When T falls in love, he does it with the whole world at once. Compared to him, Jane Austen was romantically challenged.

It's a romance. It's a love story. It's a story about love. Also, loved it..down to my toes.

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1 vote samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
I just finished this incredibly sweet love story last weekend. It opens in 1978 (and features a restaurant I remember from childhood-Beefsteak Charlie's!) and focuses on two classmates who fall in love during their senior year.

They vow to stay together forever but college plans separate them and nearly twenty years pass before they see each other again. Witty, hysterically funny, touching and sincere, ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE might have you wondering whatever happened to your first love... ( )
  booksandcats4ever | Jul 30, 2018 |
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  MrsDoglvrs | Apr 24, 2016 |
When I find a book I truly enjoy, I often end up hunting down my husband and reading passages to him. Some books are so good that a reader must really just share to enjoy them fully. Almost Like Being in Love, with its laugh-out-loud joie de vivre me looking for my husband multiple times a day just to share the bubbling joy I was feeling.


Travis and Craig found each other in high school, but went to different colleges. Like so many of us with close, close friends and lovers, they promised to stay in touch, only to have life and lack of proximity separate them.

No, that’s not the plot, but the prelude to the wonderful story Kluger unfolds through lists and diary pages and other unconventional methods of letting a tale unfold like the petals of a flower.

Twenty years after college, neither man thinks his life is bad. In fact, university history instructor Travis is so caught up in the academic lifestyle he’s honed for himself that he surprises his friends and colleagues, not to mention himself, when he stops to take stock and realizes that what his life is missing is Craig.

Finding Craig with whom he’s totally lost touch, however, isn’t easy. The private, shy Travis knows he will have to step into the abyss of America and probably have to wallow in embarrassment and wrong turns to locate the love of his life.

Craig, however, who is in a serious relationship that’s about to turn into marriage, isn’t really looking past his current boyfriend. He doesn’t know why he’s reluctant about marriage, but when he gets the first inkling that someone from his past is searching for him, he hopes it will be Travis.

Kluger takes readers on a walk down a path that loops around, back to the road not taken, the road that should have been taken. Readers who’ve had a pivotal moment in their lives, boldly gone one way and later wondered what would have happened had they gone the other route will deeply enjoy this book.

Travis, for all his neuroses and twitches, lends an air of manic fun to the story, sometimes in laugh-out-loud scenes that readers will want to share with those around them. He’s never sure he’s doing the right thing in trying to find Craig, but he’s determined. He’s smart, inventive, and sincere, all the attributes that make up a wonderful friend.

Craig, on the other hand, for all his personal success, is a drifter. He’s drifted into his career, drifted into his present relationship, and is drifting through his adult years. He’s not unhappy, but not terribly happy either. He’s the friend readers will want to give a strongly worded wake-up call because they and Craig know there’s more out there for him, a life of giddy happiness.

In some circles, this book is considered a gay classic and rightly so. It’s the quintessential what-if fairytale, the daydream that makes up the ultimate satisfying romance. ( )
  phenshaw | Nov 3, 2013 |
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A high school jock and nerd fall in love senior year, only to part after an amazing summer of discovery to attend their respective colleges. They keep in touch at first, but then slowly drift apart. Flash forward twenty years. Travis and Craig both have great lives, careers, and loves. But something is missing .... Travis is the first to figure it out. He's still in love with Craig, and come what may, he's going after the boy who captured his heart, even if it means forsaking his job, making a fool of himself, and entering the great unknown. Told in narrative, letters, checklists, and more, this is the must-read novel for anyone who's wondered what ever happened to that first great love.

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