3 out of 4 stars
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Something About Sammy by Blaine Sims is about a man named Andrei who, for some unknown reason, becomes obsessed with Sammy, a young gay man. Andrei is an older man who has gone through a lot of ups and downs in his life. He moves to a new community and decides to go to a bar where he meets Sammy. For Andrei, it becomes love and lust at first sight. However, there is a problem – Andrei is straight. Why is he suddenly attracted to another man? Why Sammy? What mysterious force is behind this attraction?
My favorite part of the book is the ending. It is shocking and unexpected. However, unlike other books with shocking endings, this one does not end in a cliffhanger and does not feel rushed. Everything is wrapped up nicely. It is an ending that leaves us questioning not only Andrei’s reality but our reality as well.
Reading this book is very much like reading a memoir. There are no shocking plot twists (except for the ending), there is no action-packed adventure, and there are no lovers that overcome all obstacles to end in a happily ever after. It is simply a man narrating his life story and his obsession with Sammy. Therefore, if you do not like reading this type of content, this book might not be for you.
The book focuses on a lot of issues that stem from mental health problems, such as depression, obsession, and bipolar disorder. A couple of these subjects are discussed openly, but others are interwoven so subtly in Andrei’s story that you don’t realize it until the end. It is an interesting parallel to real-life because sometimes psychological problems can go unnoticed for years.
My least favorite part of the book was the detailed explanations of certain subjects, such as obsession and bipolar disorder, in the middle of the book. Even though these explanations were written from Andrei’s point of view, they still stood out from the rest of the narrative.
I recommend this book to anyone who has family or friends struggling with mental health problems. However, I feel like reading Andrei’s story might be triggering for people with depression, especially those struggling with suicidal thoughts. The book touches on the subject of sex, but there are no actual sex scenes. It contains profanity, but I did not find it overly done. I recommend this story to people over the age of 18. A younger audience might not be able to grasp some of the more mature themes presented in the story.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The objective of opening our eyes to mental health problems is brilliantly executed. It does so in a very subtle but very powerful way. I found at least ten grammar mistakes, but none of them created a distraction from the story. Nevertheless, the number of mistakes is enough to not give this book 4 stars.
Something About Sammy
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