Every Time I Think of You

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Title: Every Time I Think of You
Author: Jim Provenzano
Cover artist: n/a
Publisher: Self published (CreateSpace)
Amazon Buy Link:Every Time I Think of You
Genre: YA romance
Length: 266 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

A guest review by Sirius

Summary: I can see why this book won Lambda last year :-)

Blurb:

After an abrupt encounter in a small woods of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Reid Conniff, a shy and studious high school distance runner, becomes swept up in the adventurous world of Everett Forrester, a privileged and capricious charmer. Overcoming the distance of their separate schools, parental interference, and a nearly fatal accident, the two young men find a way to be together in spite of their own doubts and fears. Set in 1979-1980, Every Time I Think of You recalls a halcyon era in America’s past with a personal voice.

Review:

This was another book in the line of several awesome YA books that I have read lately. I do want to start with what I did not like and why I did not grade the book five stars, which otherwise I felt it would deserved without doubt.

This would be the dreaded Insta!Love. Granted, one can read it as Instant attraction, but  for me it was just too strong and too fast to consider it a  simple attraction. It happens in the beginning of the book and it left me with a kind of Dream- like impression therefore initially it did not bother me and had the book continued in a Dream- like, fairy - tale- like style, it would not have bothered me later on either. I thought however that the story switched to a realistic style quite fast and therefore the beginning for me personally felt a little off. But I definitely enjoyed everything what happened after the first few pages. Everett and Reid getting to know each other, falling in real love with each other, growing up together and apart.

As  the author mentions in the blurb, one of the guys gets injured during the course of the novel and both of them have to deal with the harsh consequences of such injury and have to work hard for their happy ending. I really liked the portrayal of a person learning to live with disability in this book, but I am not living  with disability, just with some chronic illnesses, and I am perfectly aware that this is so not the same thing.  In other words, if you are living with a disability or have a loved one who does, do more careful research to make sure the book will not  upset you. I am trying very hard to avoid the spoilers in this review.

I really liked that both Everett and Reid are portrayed as sexual beings. As some of you who read my reviews may know I am a reader who really does not care whether the novel has a lot of sex scenes or not. Moreover one of the reasons I started to read more YA literature was because I wanted to find more stories with great plot and characterization as opposed to the stories where plot and characterization are substituted by lots and lots of sex scenes.

And  I definitely was able to find  some YA stories  that made me a very happy reader, however I also noticed that a lot of YA writers tend to go to another extreme in their portrayal of the sex scenes- they do none of them.  I mean, if a book is oriented to  very young readers, I guess I can understand that, but if the book is for ages 16-18,  why not? Teenagers are having sex in real life and I do not see why it should not be reflected in the books (not that I am asking for the YA books to become erotic romances, but some not very explicit scenes that fit the story, why not?).

I was happy that this book did not make the 17-18  year old protagonists abandon their sexual desires. Their connection is definitely not based on sex only, but  sex is the part of their connection.
I want to leave you with a sample of the writing and my whole hearted recommendation of this book.

“ He grinned, reached downward to rub my thigh. “ And what is your favorite thing?

I hesitated, considered the varied settings of our prior intimacy. I wanted to say, “when that leaf landed on our back in the woods,” or “the taste of your lips after drinking champagne,” or “the glow of your skin with snow light reflecting on it.” Instead , I hinted , “That thing you did with your tongue.”

“What thing?”

“You know, on New Year’s Eve with my butt.”

15 thoughts on “Every Time I Think of You

  1. Mercedes

    Thanks for this Sirius! This has been in my TBR for a bit I am going to move it up the priority list. I also wanted to ask you for other YA recs. I really enjoy reading that genre.

    1. Sirius

      Hi Mercedes, I had been reading a lot more YA fiction in the last few months than I ever did. I do not want to get the reputation of the reviewer who only reviews YA (I am not of course :)), but I cannot help myself if I found a lot of books I loved in this genre.

      Okay, probably on my top five list of books this year is Gives Light by Rose Cristo. It is the first book in Gives Light series, but if you do not like it, the first book is pretty self contained, you do not feel annoyed with the cliffhanger when you are done. I reviewed it on the site.

      I also really really enjoyed Aristotle and Dante discover secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saentz – typing from my phone, so please check the spelling when looking for the book. I guess it is gay fiction rather than mm, but it is also without doubt a YA gay romance. I have not reviewed it on the site yet, but thinking about it.

      Also from gay fiction YA – Leaving myself behind by Bart Yates.

      I also recently reviewed on the site Putting Makeup on the fat boy by Bill Wright. Not a romance, but YA with the wonderful characters that I really enjoyed.

      Let me know if you need more recommendations.

      1. Sirius

        Sorry, forgot to include another one of my recent favorites :) – How to repair a mechanical heart by JC Lillis.

        1. Mercedes

          Thanks so much Sirius! I did read the first of the Gives Light series and I did enjoy it a lot. The author writes beautifully. And I had not thought of reading the rest of the series but now I will.
          I added the Aristotle and Dante book to my TBR and I had the JC Lillis book there already. I am just waiting for the month to be over to borrow it next month from the Kindle Lending Library.
          I don’t know if you have read this one but I enjoyed this one as well http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11718466-don-t-let-me-go

          I am happy to see there is someone reviewing YA Gay fiction on this site as I welcome the reviews.

          1. Sirius Post author

            Oh I do not mind reviewing YA in between with other genres :-). It is just one of pleasures of reading MM for me is that it often includes all my favorite subjenres – mystery, historicals, scifi/fantasy. I like switching genres, or if I read several books of the same genre in a row, it tires me out, you know?

            I have heard of that book but have not read it yet, thanks so much for another vote :). I will get to it eventually.

            My other recent pleasant YA read was “Fate lends a hand” by Jax Cordova from Harmony Ink Press. It was nothing groundbreaking or stunningly beautiful as Gives Light books or Aristotle and Dante, but I enjoyed it as sweet pleasant read.

  2. oilsparky

    I hadn’t heard of this one Sirius. I am going to give it a try. I seem to always like the same books you do. :smile:

  3. Reggie

    Thanks Sirius, I started to read this a while ago. The first little bit hit me as kind of meh…so I haven’t picked it up again.

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    Have a good weekend :flowers:

    1. Sirius Post author

      Hi Wave, I am an idiot. I was sure that you have read the book when you suggested it for me to review :-). I hope you enjoy it when you get to it eventually.

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