Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Almost Like Being in Love” as Want to Read:
Almost Like Being in Love
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Almost Like Being in Love

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,521 ratings  ·  512 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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Almost Like Being in Love, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Kara I bought it for Amazon Kindle for $4.99 yesterday
Cut & Run by Madeleine UrbanZero at the Bone by Jane SevilleFish & Chips by Abigail RouxFaith & Fidelity by Tere MichaelsHot Head by Damon Suede
The Best of Gay Romance
2,994 books — 3,226 voters
Shattered Glass by Dani AlexanderAlmost Like Being in Love by Steve KlugerNaked by David SedarisTell Me It's Real by T.J. KluneBear, Otter, and the Kid by T.J. Klune
Best LGBT Humor
383 books — 485 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.06  · 
Rating details
 ·  3,521 ratings  ·  512 reviews

Sort order
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-favorites

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
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Find all of my reviews at:

Commercial Photography

“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
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
Awww, this was the sweetest, cutest romantic MM book EVER! How can you not fall in love with Travis and Craig?! From high school sweethearts to grown up men. They were amazing!

I couldn't help loving Travis a little bit more. He's so sincere, so loyal, so sweet.... A darling.

" Okay, maybe he doesn’t need a history professor showing up from the Twilight Zone, and maybe he won’t even like me any more. But he still has my heart—and if he’s not using it, I want it back. Otherwise I’m going to go on l
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
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing



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
Dec 26, 2012 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!


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.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Five stars? Duh.
anna (readingpeaches)
This review is also posted at Reads Rainbow.

If you’re gay yourself, then you know there’s only one thing better and more comforting than reading a book about gay people your age (or younger) overcoming all the obstacles & getting a happy ending. And that’s reading about older gays doing exactly that. Almost Like Being in Love is a gift for a simple reason: it gives us both.

Half the fun with this book is its format. The story of Travis and Craig (Craig and Travis) is told through emails, list
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vio by: Deeze
What can I say, brilliant, engaging and funny. It made my day, loved it.
Jul 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
☆ Todd
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cool book. The format's kind of a pain in the ass, but well worth it.
Emma Sea
Jan 14, 2013 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 :(
Oct 07, 2011 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
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rainbow-gay, glbt, romance
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

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
Camille Adams
Gosh, this book was exhausting, exhilarating, alienating, endearing, saccharin, arresting, amazing, campy, craftfully written and just...a lot.

MsMiz (Tina)
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Le doy 3 porque me parece bastante creativo y eso pero buff, no he conseguido conectar para nada.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
At first I was taken aback by the way in which the author told this story through a series of letters, memos, blog posts, emails, journal entries, etc. This is truly a love story based on the first love of Craig McKenna and Travis Puckett. Craig is a jock while Travis is a fan of musicals. They spend a brief period of time together until college pulls them apart.

Twenty years later Travis decides to look Craig up and begins the trek from California to New York in in search of him. Meanwhile, Cra
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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'
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
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!!
Aug 27, 2012 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!
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3.5 I want to give it four stars but the ending was very anticlimactic.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Introductions 48 50 Sep 12, 2011 02:27PM  
  • The Cranberry Hush
  • Left of Centre
  • A Note in the Margin (A Note in the Margin, #1)
  • The Other Guy
  • Sno Ho (Summit City, #1)
  • American Love Songs
  • The Epic Love Story of Doug and Stephen
  • Go Fish
  • When Irish Eyes Are Sparkling (O'Shaughnessys #2)
  • Tigers and Devils (Tigers and Devils #1)
  • Take My Picture
  • Strawberries for Dessert (Coda Books, #4; Strawberries for Dessert, #1)
  • All's Fair in Love and Advertising
  • A Place To Run (The Making of a Man, #2)
  • I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier
  • My Summer of Wes (Wes & Mal, #1)
  • A Strong and Sudden Thaw (A Strong and Sudden Thaw, #1)
  • Carol of the Bellskis (Holidays with the Bellskis, #1)
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
“It doesn't matter what people thinks of you as long as you know that your heart and head are in the right place.” 29 likes
“Romance isn't just about roses or killing dragons or sailing a kayak around the world. It's also about chocolate chip cookies and sharing The Grateful Dead and James Taylor with me in the middle of the night, and believing me when I say that you could be bigger than both of them put together, and not making fun of me for straightening out my french fries or pointing my shoelaces in the same direction, and letting me pout when I don't get my own way, and pretending that if I play "Flower Drum Song" one more time you won't throw me and the record out the window” 29 likes
More quotes…