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Almost Like Being in Love

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4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,797 Ratings  ·  382 Reviews
A high school jock and nerd fall in love senior year, only to part after an amazing summer of discovery to attend their respective colleges. They keep in touch at first, but then slowly drift apart. Flash forward twenty years. Travis and Craig both have great lives, careers, and loves. But something is missing .... Travis is the first to figure it out. He's still in love w ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Harper Collins (first published 2004)
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Susan
Mar 17, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-favorites

March 16, 2013

Doing a quick re-read...just wanted (needed) some Travis bits to make me smile...

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4.5 stars

“Being Travis was a full-time job, yet that never kept him from teaching me how to be Craig.”

This book is about first love, true love, forever love…

Damn this book.

Charming, witty, funny, original…and almost 100% quotable. This book made me laugh and cry and hope and hurt and hope and smile. Travis (me, if I was a 38 yr-old gay man) and Craig (my soulmate if I was a
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
I didn't know that funny can be boring. DNF. I will refrain from rating this book.

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No offense, Rowan…bye!

There are enough good reviews on GR that you can check out. Let's just say that Almost Like Being in Love is not my cuppa at all. In fact, the writing did not suit me and even though there are some laugh-out-loud moments, most of the time I felt bored out of my mind. Also, this book is weird to read. There are plenty of e-mails, memos, journal entries, notes etc. and it felt like I was consta
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“All the music of life seems to be
Like a bell that is ringing for me
And from the way that I feel
When the bell starts to peel
I would swear I was falling, I could swear I was falling
- It's almost like being in love”

from Brigadoon (Gene Kelly = *swooooooooon*)

This book. This little book that I didn’t even remember putting on my to-read list until Heather K posted that there was a massive price drop and I decided to bump it to the top
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Lenore
This is one of those times I can't do a proper review. Mostly because there are so many things I want to say about this book, I don't know where to begin.

So I'll just say that I loved it. It made me smile, laugh out loud even. It made my heart ache and jump and swell in my chest. It made me love and root for the main characters, and it also introduced me to a set of remarkable side characters. Travis, I admit I liked you a teeny tiny more than Craig, and your best friend Gordo was fun, but Crai
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☆☽Erica☾☆


WOW WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWWWW

IM DYING AND FANGIRLING AND JUST OMG WOW



This book is the literal embodiment of a sparkling rainbow of love and joy. It is so flipping romantic and beautiful and thoughtful and special I just can't... Q _Q

I was squealing for a majority of the second half of the book and freaking everyone out around me. Someone asked if I was orgasming.

So using rational and coherent thoughts, here is the basic plot premise: Two adorable, quirky dudes named Craig and Travis fall in love i
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Kassa
Apr 14, 2010 Kassa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those classic great books that makes the blog review rounds almost every year as more and more readers discover its greatness. I’ve had the paperback on my shelf for a lamentably long time and finally picked it up to highlight for those few readers who haven’t indulged in the fabulousness that makes up this book. Almost Like Being in Love is a tour de force of wit, charm, and cultural references. A large cast of incredible characters immediately delights and entertains even if the ...more
Jen
Jan 15, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE EVER
Recommended to Jen by: A lot of people, and I love you all forever
A quick note before you read my sappy-ass review: do yourself a favor, and read this as an actual book, and not as an e-book. I’ve heard the e-book is not formatted correctly, and trust me… you want the correctly formatted version!

Anyway…

I want to give this book a million stars, I loved it so much. I literally hugged this book when I finished it… and how ridiculous is that?!

Is it possible to feel completely shattered and completely blissfully happy all at the same time? Because that’s what I f
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Deeze
If there was ever a book that deserved more than 5 stars this is it. Not only was it one of the sweetest love stories ever but so funny I was laughing out loud through out the whole book. I could rave about this book so much but I could never do it justice. If you haven't read it yet then your missing out. It is so worth the time and money.
Emma Sea
I really, really tried to love this book. I wanted to love this book. But somehow it just slid by me without any engagement. I didn't find the characters believable, although they were likeable. After three weeks I gave up and skipped to the end to find out what happens. I feel bad for not enjoying it :(
Vio
Oct 21, 2011 Vio rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vio by: Deeze
What can I say, brilliant, engaging and funny. It made my day, loved it.
Kati
Jul 19, 2007 Kati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like hilarious gay stories, then this one is just the book you were looking for. It's not written in the usual "book-ish" style, it's like looking into someone's life through their Post-It notes, emails, journal entries etc. It's new and totally refreshing but it takes some time to get used to.

And I haven never encountered two characters that would simply fit like Craig McKenna and Travis Puckett. Travis is the guy who counts his pop-corn and lines up the peas and asparagus on his plate a
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L-D
Nov 07, 2011 L-D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE who loves M/M
Recommended to L-D by: Deeze
5+ stars for me.

I'm in shell shock right now. I just finished this book and I jumped on GRs to immediately spill to my friends. Some of my friends on GR (to remain nameless) like to recommend angsty books even though they know I will put them on my read-rage shelf. I thought for sure that this book was going to destroy me. I LOVED this book. This book is going straight to my favorites shelf - do not pass go - do not collect $200.

Travis and Craig were first loves from HS. It is the typical jock
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Emanuela ~plastic duck~
The story is, from a romantic point of view, very conventional: two boys fall in love, college (for some reason) takes them apart, and after almost 20 years one of them - the former nerd and now history professor Travis - realizes that the other one - the former jock and now civil rights lawyer Craig - was the only love of his life.

It would be a perfect romantic movie, with a bit of road trip, goofy moments and some drama. What's different, even if not original, is that the story is told through
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T.J.
Jan 27, 2012 T.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars? Duh.
Marina
Jan 19, 2016 Marina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-amour
3.5 I want to give it four stars but the ending was very anticlimactic.
MsMiz (Tina)
Jan 27, 2012 MsMiz (Tina) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-all, kindle-mobi
LA reminded me how much I love the word epistolary, yet do not recall ever getting to use it in a sentence. So here it goes;)

The first time I thought to read this book, I was able to find it at the library. I was so excited! I mean how many books with gay themes do you find at your library? So I hunkered down and got to page two. What the hell is this? News articles? Less than 500 word stories? What? I do not get it? Yes those are all the things that went through my head and I put it down and w
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Christina

Likes and Dislikes:

1. I loved the beginning when they were young, friends, and realizing they were falling in love. It was sweet and I was caught up with them instantly.

2. Characters: I liked both the MC's. Travis is quirky and adorable. He loves musicals and has a touch of OCD. Craig is the high school jock who grows up with the "fight for what you believe" attitude. Gordo - I loved him!!!! He is the perfect best friend. He's funny and has a sharp wit. I think the secondary characters really m
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Shelley
Nov 06, 2013 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

Very different, in a good way.

A great diversion in formatting that surprisingly worked really well.

Very Funny when you can relate to the Americanisms.

Brilliant characterisation. More than enough to draw you in and enjoy the journey. Even though each character is very different in nature they have very similar styling in humor and the way they construct their thoughts. I wouldn't have been able to separate the narration if it hadn't been made clear.

It's probably way too long, but that'
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MsMelbourne
Magnificent. I loved this one. Format took a bit of getting used to but as the book progressed it was perfect. I didn't cry but I really wanted to - I had to put the book down at one stage (for this annoying intrusion called - my life outside of books) and had a heavy heart agonizing over how things would turn out. Did I say I adored this book??
Absolutely read this one!!
Katie
Sep 14, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2012
Absolutely one of the best books I've read this year, if not the best. I wish the ending were a little longer...hell, I wish the book were longer in general. Really wonderful!
JenMcJ
May 26, 2009 JenMcJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was fun and interesting and rather unique in style. This a very lovely, romantic story. It is also very, very funny. I laughed out loud often and several times I laughed until I had tears. If it was not a m/m romance it would be on the "summer reads" table in your local bookstore.

I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who was going to end up with who, and just as importantly, who belonged with who right up until the end.

I know it has a lot of great review
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Taylor
Jan 16, 2013 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Taylor by: Susan
I looooooove this book. Kluger took every cliche you can think of, threw them in a blender, and turned it into something new and fresh and hilarious. The humor was non-stop, and I was smiling throughout the entire book (with the exception of the two times I cried).

Reasons you should read this book:

1.) The story is told through emails, letters, and journals and it made for a fun and different reading experience. (get it in paperback)
2.) Every character is hilarious. (even the women, can you beli
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Natasha
This book actually outsmarted me. You win, book. You're smarter than I am. I have grade 6 French under my belt, and this book might as well have been written in French for the amount of it I could understand. There was just so much! The writing was awesome, but I think it's just about my tiny little comprehensive level or something, because most of the time I didn't understand what was happening.

The main characters romance was adorable! I will say that. Also I didn't give a shit about Gordo and
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Chris
Apr 18, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent m/m romance told in epistolary style about two boys (a nerd and a jock) who fall in love in high school and then lose touch with each other after going to college. I'd heard nothing about good about this book, but I still wasn't prepared for how it sucked me in. Highly recommended.
Camille
Gosh, this book was exhausting, exhilarating, alienating, endearing, saccharin, arresting, amazing, campy, craftfully written and just...a lot.

Wow.
Monika
Aug 09, 2012 Monika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-romance
4.5 Stars

After some nudging from my friends I finally decided to give this book a try and to be honest at the very being I found it difficult to read and get into. The story is told through emails, journal entries and other personal correspondence not the way every other book is written. I can’t believe it worked and that I ended up loving how it was written once I got into the flow of it. Along with the MC’s every character in this book had their POV told, normally if there are too many charact
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Sheri
Dec 11, 2013 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boyz-luvin-boyz, gift
Soulmate treasure hunt.

Once you truly give your heart away, you never get it back. Hop on to this hilarious journey of two separated souls destined to be together. Tag along and see if it’s possible to slip into the empty space lingering after 2 decades apart.

Young love. First love. True love.
Seniors Travis and Craig fall into each other’s arms (literally) and give their hearts away without hesitation. They have ‘perfect’ love and look forward to their happily-ever-after future together. Unfor
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Wave
Apr 01, 2011 Wave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost Like Being In Love is as addictive as chocolate, it’s that good and it’s one of those books which I hated when it ended because I loved, loved this story so much. The book is epic without being 600 pages long, and it’s about a man’s journey to find his soul, his lost love from 20 years before, how he abandoned everything else in his life in his quest, and the people in his life and those he met along the way.

The story is told epistolary style and if you’re put off at the thought of readin
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Tony
This book was amazing! I didn't know if I would like the format - but turns out I absolutely loved it. I loved the POV coming from all of the characters through emails, checklists, journals, and depositions.

This story had my stomach in knots when it was getting close to the end, but well worth the sweat and queasy feeling! Very little sex in this book, but you don't even miss it! Such a sweet, stressful, dreamy read!

I am glad I got this in paperback - it deserves a home on my bookshelf!
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Steve Kluger is an author and playwright, born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1952, who grew up with only two heroes: Tom Seaver and Ethel Merman. Few were able to grasp the concept. A veteran of "Casablanca" and a graduate of "The Graduate," he has written extensively on subjects as far ranging as World War II, rock and roll, and the Titanic, and as close to the heart as baseball and the Boston Red S ...more
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