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Something Like Spring

(Something Like #4)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 460 pages
Published January 28th 2014
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Judith
4.5






For a moment, he saw it all through the eyes of a lonely boy who had lost his family. A boy who had never dared dream of a day like this, that a group of strangers could become so many precious things to him—family, friends, and even a lover. (...)




I'm absolutely LOVING this series....


-the writing is so compelling,

-the characters are truly engaging,

-there's angst,happy tears,sad tears,

-this one spans over years( one of my favourite things ),

-I honestly had no idea who Jason would e
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Breann
Reread 2/6/16 in audio

Whether you're a fan of this series or new to the Something Like books, they really should be experienced in audio. Kevin R. Free creates an experience when he reads Jay Bell's words. He brings the characters and the story to life. I've loved them even more after listening to the audio.



******

We all have our favorites. Our favorite authors, our favorite genres, our favorite themes. Wanna know mine? The Seasons series has them all.

I'm really starting to fall in love with
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Salsera1974
4.5 stars

"Happy couples are boring." Jay Bell said this once, when people were begging to hear more about Ben and Tim from the first book in this series, Something Like Summer. And he didn't want to write a boring story. So he did something pretty smart: he knew that fans wanted to see what they looked like after the dramas, break-ups, lies, and deaths, so when crafting Something Like Spring, he brought the happy couple back, but he funneled the conflict into a new character's story, and showed
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Jan
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ku
I couldn't connect with this story and neither warm up to the characters.
The average rate is so high that you shouldn't take my word for it, though.
The Epilogue was amazing. Hence the round up to 3 Stars (I like it.)
Tina
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a sobbing, snotty mess and it was worth every word. Jay Bell continues to amaze me with his mastery of character development and interaction. There isn' t a chart big enough to keep track of all these lovable people and how their lives intersect. I have survived Something Like Four Seasons. Full review to come.

One thousand-four hundred-fifty-four. I keep trying to make that number fit into the melody from the song from Rent that always gets stuck in my head, but it won’t work. That is the n
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Andersón.
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book men...

So, I need to explain well so this will contain spoilers.

I read Kelly's book first, I have here Nathaniel's book too but I havent read it, they were gifts that's what I haven't read Jace's book either.

Kelly's book feel... incomplete, reading it after finish Tim and Ben's story might not have been the smartest choice, at the end I liked it but not without having my problems with it.

Cheating. That's like my Achilles Heel, I don't know why but that always rub me the wrong way, I j
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Ted
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely amazing book.
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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That is what Jason did...

This is Jason's Story~And its Absolutely Fab!

In this book

There is sweetness
There is love
There is action
There is angst
There is (view spoiler)
There is a Tim & Ben...(view spoiler)......*wipes tears*
There is a part 1, 2 and 3 plus a BEAUTIFUL EPILOGUE (view spoiler)
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clear skies
I bought this last night and spent the whole day in bed reading this book. I love Jay Bell as an author because he writes the books I love. Teenagers and college kids trying to make something of themselves, so many authors shy away/refuse/or just write them badly. This man has such a great way with young characters. I just can't deal.

"Something Like Summer" was a knock out for me. I loved Ben but I loved Tim more. The Antichrist so many readers hated as they fell for Jace. "Something Like Winter
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Riina Y.T.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the entire world and every living soul in time and space!!!
♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥ spring's eternal ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥

Something Like Summer… was my first and so were Ben and Tim, and you know what they say about firsts ….

I came to discover Summer one year ago, late I know, but it honestly was my first - young adult, m/m romance - and my first true love.

Ben and Tim. And in more than one ways Tim. He'll always remain in my heart as the most wonderful person. With Spring you showed me once again just how wonderful he truly is. Thank you! ♥

I rememb
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☆ Todd
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: favorites
Jason's story in "Something Like Spring" is definitely worthy of being part of the amazing Seasons series and at 460 pages, I loved all of the character detail.

I enjoyed seeing Jason grow from a very cynical, somewhat bitter teenager into a man that anyone, given half a chance, would be proud to call their son or partner.

The first part of the book mainly deals with Jason's failed attempt at first love with the biological son of a wealthy husband and wife looking to create the *perfect* family. I
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Smith Barney
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I'm just a sentimental sap-like-voyeur..on the fringes of these neverending seasons resembling something like life..with an inviting cast of characters one can't help but invest in. Jay Bell brings them to something bigger than life..impossible not to appreciate.

J.Bell's Seasons embodies the essence of -write what you know- as he does it with such unwavering conviction.

There were many moments and passages that resonated, touched, tickled, endeared..and many were noted (certainl
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Brian
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the signs that you've stumbled across a skilled writer is that you find yourself feeling genuine affection for the characters that he or she has crafted out of thoughts and words on a page. So it was with Something Like Summer, Something Like Winter, and Something Like Autumn, and so it is again with Jay Bell's fourth book in the Seasons series, Something Like Spring.

In this book, we meet Jason Grant, a foster kid who seems to have been unlucky in just about everything in life, including
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Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Jay Bell is definitely one of the best writers in this genre. His characters are well developed and the reader gets a front row seat at their evolution.

In this book, Jason Grant, an orphan who had been in over twenty foster homes, got to learn about love, family and loyalty as he finally find his place in the world. It was a really bumpy ride especially since Jason created some of his own speed bumps. But his journey allowed us to revisit Ben and Tim, from book 1 Something Like Summer and gave u
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Brin
This book was fantastic - a truly brilliant end to a remarkable series. Read it in one sitting - I just couldn't put it down!!

Full review to follow...
Justin Nova
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5. I didn't like this one quite as much as Autumn which is now firmly on my favorites shelf but this is an awesome story as well. I really think it needs to be read right after first three books because it provided me with a lot of closure from those. One of my favorite things about Jay Bell is that he always writes from his heart and outside of the box. He isn't afraid to steer away from being a traditional romance and keep his readers guessing what's going to happen. I loved Jason and seeing ...more
Jason
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it


a bit ragged at the end... solid 3. doesnt mean it's bad! just a tough grader.


Ben and Tim withdrawal…


Many reviewers subjected Tim to a rigorous examination pertaining to relatability. These all start with [insert any negative adjective here] and end with [I just couldn’t relate/connect Tim]. This is the laziest type of analysis. No one is asking you to share a Bud on the back porch, so lets get real with reviewing, k?

The ‘this is unbelievable’, fist on table—no I’m not calling you a drunken sa
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~Sαм I Aм~
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-favourites
A beautiful, emotional roller-coaster, and perfect end to The Seasons. I love these guys. Jay Bell, you rock! A well deserved bunch of stars!
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Oh my, where to begin. Jason is now one of my favourite MCs in this series, I loved the way he never gave up hope, and the amazing young man he grew up to be, despite being bounced around the childcare system and never finding a family that gelled. Yeah, he did do some bad things (like the pearls in the chowder, lol) to get put back at the childrens hom
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Karen
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-favorites
I wish I was a writer. I want to write a review so brilliant that people will flock to their favorite bookstore and grab this book and the rest of the series. I want more stars to rate it!

For readers who have not read the rest of the series, this book is still amazing as a stand-alone, but those of us who have been following the series will be thrilled to see a few more years of Ben and Tim and how their story continues. They end up being more than peripheral characters in the book in a way tha
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Chase Potter
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Something about Jay's books makes me feel like he knows exactly what I need to read. In my mind, he personally swoops out of the sky (helped by Amazon, of course) to put a shiny new book in my hand, and it always hits the spot.

I loved Spring. I was nervous how it would turn out, because it's a departure from the Summer/Winter/Autumn books that all revisited the original story. Of course I was being silly. Jay delivered just as he always does - providing a heartfelt mix of struggle and love that
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Sunshine
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt-mm
It's amazing how Jay Bell can weave the characters from the past to the present; plus, the current book in the series intertwine with the others. looking forward to continuing the series.
Anna D.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revised rating on 9/3/15 from 5 to 4 stars after reading Something Like Lightning when new information were presented, mostly (view spoiler)

Amazing! I miss the characters already..

Warning: This review is all over the place!! I can’t seem to put my thoughts together into cohesive, well formed, sentences and paragraphs..but then again I’m not a writer, I’m an accountant so I leave the
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
Something like amazing, awesome, exceptional? It’s just so hard to describe the experience of reading one of Jay Bell’s Something Like stories. Hours after I finished this book, I’m still basking in the warmth and love contained within these pages.

I was sure that I couldn’t possibly like this story, because what more could be said about Ben and Tim and Jace? And I was still reeling from the heartache I felt after the last book, so I was reluctant to expose my heart to one more trip into their w
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Melissa
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost I have to say….

I love you Jay Bell….Thank you so much for bringing ALL of these wonderful characters into my life!

Ok, so…obviously I loved this book and the entire Seasons series. At the end of Jace's book, I wasn't sure where the series would go from there. I mean it felt complete….though I wanted more….always wanted more! Then I heard a new character would be introduced. I was worried that it would be another love interest for either Tim or Ben, and my stomach twisted in a k
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Aniko
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-ipad
Review done for Prism Book Alliance. Go here for the full review

In Something Like Spring, we are introduced to a new character, in Jason Grant, as the story’s protagonist. Jason has known he was gay since he was twelve years old and is perfectly comfortable with it. When we first meet him it’s Houston in 2006 and he is an almost sixteen year old who has been at the mercy of the foster system for almost ten years. The only constants in his life are his beloved, battered guitar and his amazing cas
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Joyfully Jay
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars


Something Like Spring is the fourth book in Jay Bell’s amazing Seasons series and it is just the perfect ending to that wonderful series. I’ll admit I was kind of unsure about this last book before starting it. The first three books in the series follow the same basic story, each told in the POV of one of the main characters. In Spring, we have a different main character in Jason and, for the first time, a totally unique plot. I worried that this story would feel
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Michael
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
My first and most overriding comment is that I absolutely adore Jay Bell and his writing. The man has a way with words that is truly remarkable. His words can draw me in so totally that hours can pass without me realizing that I really need to put one of his books down and go do something else (like feed the dog or clean the house).

The story he created about Ben and Tim starting in the first book of this series is one of the most endearing stories in the genre. Their relationship is not remotel
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Amanda Jones
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, love
I am ashamed to say that I almost didn't read this book. I was apprehensive because Bell was bringing new characters into the mix ... but I have to say aside from Something Like Summer this was by far my favorite book of the series!! Jason and Caesar brought soo much more to this book than I ever could have hoped for .. Although I thought Caesar was a spoiled douch from the start But Jason .. he was just looking for his place in the world .. and I am soo glad he found it with Ben and Tim ..♥ I'v ...more
Wicked
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jay Bell is giving me bags under my eyes. This is the second of his books that has kept me up half the night to finish this week. I'm not sure what to say that wouldn't be spoilerish but I'll try.

I enjoyed this installment of the Seasons. It is a tightly woven layer in this epic series, an important layer of closure for some and a foundation layer for others. The closure is deeply satisfying on a level that I wasn't even aware I needed before it happened. The foundations of course make me want
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Gabi Garcia
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished it and I'm crying my eyes out it was perfect just perfect! I don't even know what to say cause so many emotions came out while reading it that I would end up pasting the entire book here again! So not to do it and still say how great its I need to say this is so Jay like after reading summer, winter, autumn and now spring I love Jay's writing even more and those character will never leave me for sure! And see Ben and Tim together again made my heart jump with happiness! Something ...more
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