First love is one of those experiences that we never forget.
In Call Me By Your Name, by Andre Aciman, Elio is an American teenage boy whose parents own a villa in Italy in the 1980’s. They spend every summer and every holiday there. Elio’s father is a college professor who brings in a graduate student every summer to help him with his work. That particular summer, the graduate student is Oliver. What starts out as an ordinary summer will forever change both of their lives and spark a relationship that is never to be forgotten.
I saw the movie over the summer and was blown away. I was equally blown away by the book. The reader is in Elio’s head throughout the course of the narrative. What blew me away was that Elio’s story was not just about first love, but it was about first love that feels so different from other stories about first love. It felt natural, normal, intense and life changing. There might be some who object that the two lead characters are both male, but the way I see it, this story proves that love is love, regardless of the gender of the lovers.
I absolutely recommend it.