Love can appear unexpectedly: a chance meeting at a friend’s wedding, the
arrival of a handsome new co-worker…or while being robbed at a
For some, love seems an impossible dream. Growing up gay in small-town
Missouri, Jace Holden thought his chance would never come. When he meets
Victor – a wild soul and fellow outsider – his chances of finding love go
from bleak to a very uncertain, maybe. Bracing his heart, Jace chases
after his desire, hoping for a warm hand to hold his tight.
Something Like Autumn tells the story of Jace’s life before the events of
Something Like Summer, while also revisiting his time with Benjamin
The Seasons Series: Book 1: Something like Summer, Book 2: Something like
Winter, Book 3: Something like Autumn, Book 4: Something like Spring.
This is book three of Jay Bell’s Something Like series. While each book
stands well on it’s own, I recommend reading them in order. The overall
experience is enhanced as the overlapping narratives from different points
of view continue to paint a bigger picture.
If you’ve already read book one and/or two, you know where and how Jace’s
story ends, and going through it again was kind of hard, but it’s still a
beautiful story, and there’s a lot of new story that unfolds in Jace’s
past and his first love. Going into it, you should know this one isn’t
going to give you a traditional happy ever after.
Jace is one of my favorite characters in this series (which is also one of
my favorite series), but the younger Jace we get to know here is a little
different from the mature, steady dependable adult we know. We get to see
him grow into that wonderful man, but we first meet him here as an
insecure high school student, still struggling to accept his sexuality in
a less enlightened time.
He falls for a very quirky, unusual boy named Victor. Victor was a
fascinating character I fell a little bit in love with too. He’s a free
thinker but he has trouble fitting into society. Even as he helps Jace to
accept himself, Victor is deeply troubled, suffering from mental illness.
Victor is charismatic and bewitching but ultimately his troubles are more
than Jace can save him from and Jace has to live without him.
The later part of the book takes us through more familiar territory of
Jace’s second love with Ben, and the triangle with Ben’s first love Tim.
Retreading a familiar story may sound boring, but this is Bell’s signature
move, and he makes it work. Each new retelling brings a different
perspective that keeps the story compelling.
Narrator Kevin R. Free gives a youthful enthusiastic reading that makes
the book more fun to listen to. He’s a familiar voice, doing all of the
Something Like books so far, and I like his style.
5 of 5 stars
Copy Purchased for Review