“Call Me By Your Name” Book Review

“Call Me By Your Name” is the story of a sudden and strong romance that blossoms between a boy and his house guest.

I loved the novel as much as the movie. I think the novel explains a lot more than the movie, and it shows how Elio and Oliver’s romance begins and ends through romantic and heartbreaking memories.

Part Three, “The San Clemente Syndrome,” was my favorite out of the other two parts. It shows the readers Elio and Oliver’s trip to Rome and how they spend their time together without interruptions. I also liked it because of how they rekindled their romance and became close again, since in Part Two they stopped talking to each other.

Although there are many things I like about this book there are also things I don’t like about the book. One thing I don’t like is the age gap of Elio and Olive; they could have put a legal age between the two characters. The book romanticizes an exploitative relationship between a grown man and a teenager. Another thing I didn’t like is that the parents of Elio were okay with him dating someone older than him; I think they should have distanced their son from Oliver and insisted that they weren’t okay with him dating their son.

This is one of those books that I would recommend to certain people because I know some people wouldn’t like reading gay romance novels. Though I think they would enjoy it if they didn’t focus on the sexuality of the characters in the book. Overall I enjoyed this book, and I would definitely read it again.