Summer Sons
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Summer Sons Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 12 hours and 38 minutes
Author Lee Mandelo
Narrator Will Damron Release Date 28 September 2021
Publisher Macmillan Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank #2,960 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
#3 in LGBTQ+ Fantasy
#4 in LGBTQ+ Genre Fiction
#10 in Dark Fantasy

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Reviewed in India on 3 October 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars luscious prose! haunting story! NEW FAVORITE BOOK!
By ZanyAnomaly [Sai] on 3 October 2021
You know that iconic meme of Lady Gaga where she goes "Talented. Brilliant. Incredible. Amazing. Showstopping. Spectacular. Never the same. Totally unique."? that is me with Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo.

My favorite blogger Emma @ Emma Reads Too Much writes in her review of The Secret History: "Here is the problem with reviewing every book I read: Sometimes I throw around terms before I really need them, and then once I read THE book, The Story that requires and deserves that descriptor, I have nothing to give it.

Right now I have this problem. Because I have used the word “immersive” before, and immediately upon my completion of this book it became clear that I should have saved it for right now."

This is the exact feeling I have about Summer Sons. 'Brilliant', 'Incredible', 'Amazing', 'Showstopping', 'Spectacular' - these are all perfect identifiers I have used to describe the books I've read in the past, but I feel are now more deserving of this book. Summer freaking Sons.

I still don't have the adequate words to talk about this book. I can break it down to its barest elements: this book is about the intimacy of male friendships and queerness and realizing that you're queer as an adult and horror and academia and the grief of losing your loved ones and the manifestation of that grief in the form of a haunting etc., etc., etc.,

BUT, I will still not be able to convey how Lee Mandelo wraps them all together with the most visceral writing featuring elements of deep yearning, self-loathing, homoerotic antagonism, toxic masculinity, haunting descriptions, and tense moments.

Our protagonist Andrew indulges in all kinds of self-destructive behavior in his journey to processing his best friend's death. Add to this, Andrew's glacially slow realization that might've loved Eddie in a more-than-platonic way. Eddie may have died, but he is very much present in every aspect of Andrew's life - from occupying every second of his thoughts to appearing as a literal phantom. Andrew is filled with this raw hunger and sadness that made me flinch at times while reading this book.

And on top of all of this, Mandelo adds another layer to this emotional onion by hinting that Eddie's death is not all what it seems in the beginning and there might be foul play involved. Eddie had some sketchy acquaintances in the last few months of his life, and it doesn't help that he was researching gothic lore related to his own life and ancestry that Andrew and Eddie promised never to delve into.

I honestly have so much more to praise about this book and the way Mandelo has fleshed out each character in this book - especially Andrew's and Sam's and their character chemistry - but I lack the braincells to put them in words. Is sensual tension a thing? thats what this book is! this book is 400 pages of sensual tension! and that's all you need to know before getting into the book! JUST! READ! THIS! BOOK!

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo is one of the best books I have read in my life, and it deserves to be appreciated by everyone in the world.

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