Nothing in this world is permanent. Friends, lovers, even family can all disappear in the blink of an eye. Without these anchors, it’s all too easy to find oneself drifting.
Jason Grant doesn’t have much, aside from a beat-up old guitar and knack for getting kicked out of foster homes. His latest placement is set to be just another in a long line of failures. Then he meets Caesar Hubbard, a handsome guy who lives down the hall. For the first time in his life, Jason wants to stay, which means learning to be part of a family, and not letting his feelings – or his actions – ruin his first real chance of falling in love.
Something Like Spring introduces a new character to the Seasons story, one with a troubled past and an equally turbulent future. Jason must traverse a winding road fraught with emotional conflicts and tough decisions – a road that might just lead to a certain couple in Austin.
This review will contain spoilers for the first book, Something Like
Summer, which I strongly recommend you read first.
Ok. So many readers of SLS will come into this book with mixed or negative
feelings towards Tim. I totally get that. As someone who threw away his
first love because he wouldn’t come out, then years later nearly wrecked
Ben’s new relationship, hurt a lot of people and still came out a winner
in the end, Tim has a lot of baggage. SLW explores much of the events of
the previous novel from Tim’s point of view, and seeing how much he
suffered for his bad choices does help make him more likable. While
exploring some familiar scenes again may sound repetitious, I love this
aspect of the series, as each new perspective adds a deeper understanding
to the larger story.
Tim in many ways is a victim of our homophobic society, and he paid for
his mistakes. I think most people who read SLW, even if they start out
hating Tim, come out of this book understanding him a lot better. (I still
like Jace better though)
The story explores Tim’s years without Ben, and his close friendship with
a much older gay man, Eric. Eric is Tim’s partner in many ways, although
they are not lovers. Tim’s devotion to Eric, and although it may sound
funny, his whole hearted devotion to his very lovable dog show a lot of
emotional growth from a once very self centered boy.
Tim’s attempts to steal Ben from Jace, how he dealt with the fallout of
that and his second chance with Ben are all explored from this new
perspective, adding layers and depth to a familiar story, and their story
is taken further along.
It’s interesting to note the very appealing cover art tells it’s own
story. While SLS shows Ben watching Tim, SLW show Tim watching Ben. It all
seems symbolic of perceptions, which is a key theme in the series.
If you love this series, I recommend continuing from here to the third
book, Something Like Autumn where Jace’s story is told, of his
relationship with Ben and the untold story of his own first love.
Kevin R. Free’s narration is youthful and animated, if a bit exaggerated
6 of 5 stars
Copy Purchased for Review