"A complex theme that makes for interesting reading. Whenever we face painful situations, especially when a moral dilemma is concerned, we sometimes hold ourselves back as we try to process what's happening. An unusual, albeit interesting read. Recommended."
Emerald Book Reviews
The heart wants what the heart wants. Our lives are a culmination of experiences. The character, Andrei, is no different. Learning to understand and come to terms with that is a journey we all take. Some more painful than others. Andrei's sudden infatuation with a gay millennial has him examining his past.
This book delves into friendships, successes, failures, love, infatuation, homosexuality, mental illness, and parenting. Dealing with all of those things and functioning in today's society is our greatest feat. Everyone is worth it.
Monica King - Michigan
Reviews of Something About Sammy
[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Something About Sammy" by Blaine Sims.]
3 out of 4 stars
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.
This is a wonderful story that has breath and depth. It shows the longing of love in all its beauty. It can deeply affect a person to the core and change one’s life like nothing else can. Love can alter us and our life to the point that we will never be the same. Love is an emotion that no one should live without because it gives our lives meaning, yet it is the hardest to live with when one is overwhelmed by it.
Andrei is a straight man who moves into a new community in Blue Springs. He has experienced many ups and downs in life. But he was ready to make a new life for himself. He seemed like a regular guy doing regular things until he met Sammy, a millennial Gay man.
Andrei’s whole world turned upside down. It seemed at first like a relationship that would never work. Andrei was decades younger than Sammy. They seemed to have little in common and didn’t have much to talk about. But when they were together, it seemed like the whole world stood still.
This is a story like no other I ever read.
I found myself reflecting on the nature of love and how all-encompassing it really is. There is so much to reflect on and many realizations to be had as we read the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read Sims’ next book.
Irene S. Roth
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