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Almost Like Being in Love

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  2,507 ratings  ·  354 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 wit
Paperback, 354 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2004)
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March 16, 2013

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


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
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.


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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“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

Almost Like Being in Love uses a very standard trope as its jumping-off point, boy meets boy or in this case, nerd meets jock and they fall in love. And despite this, it manages to be an effervescent, charming and exceedingly hilarious not quiet romantic comedy by putting its own spin on this completely overdone cliché. The obvious hook of the book is that it’s written in the epistolary form and told via school assignments, emails, transcripts, menus, memos, journal entries, notes and whatnot
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
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
Jan 15, 2013 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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!


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
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.
What can I say, brilliant, engaging and funny. It made my day, loved it.
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
Emma Sea
Feb 05, 2013 Emma Sea marked it as dnf
Shelves: auckland-library
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 :(
Nov 07, 2011 L-D rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
Not sure how i feel about this book. i admit i came to this with high hopes and a great deal of excitement. It was nice to hold a paperback in my hands again!

This is more of a personal journey than traditional romance. The characters are well written in the beginning, but i still managed to get bored. The cross country journey lost me completely.

The Harvard years felt to real to me as i spent a ton of time there in the late 80s through the mid nineties. I ate at the same restaurants, drank at

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
MsMiz (Tina)
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
Jan 16, 2013 Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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'
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.
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!
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
Gosh, this book was exhausting, exhilarating, alienating, endearing, saccharin, arresting, amazing, campy, craftfully written and just...a lot.

Five stars? Duh.
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
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
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
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
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!
This is such an interesting read. I will admit, the format was a bit of a struggle to get used to and I had to read certain parts multiple times to understand exactly what I was reading. This doesn't progress like your "normal" romance and I think that's what I loved about it. I loved Travis and Craig and the handful of other characters that all joined to make this story. There was no villain though (view spoiler) ...more
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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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