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An emotional story interwoven with the logical and illogical; obsession and indifference; fantasy and reality. A conundrum of unfamiliar and inexplicable sensations and feelings so powerful they’ll shake you. You’ll enter the world of an older straight man settled into a new community. A man with a history of triumphs, successes, failures and let downs who has always risen out of the ashes.
Experience the startling shock that engulfs him when he becomes infatuated with, and consumed by, a much younger millennial Gay man – a total stranger he has little in common with. Immerse yourself in his attempt to deal with a foreign and confusing set of circumstances, the outcome of which affects him to his core.
Find yourself confounded by a cast of people and events. Throw yourself into several of the character’s personalities and positions, then determine where the fault is. Delve into the mysteries in an attempt to solve them. Contemplate how you’d feel. Conjure up your emotions and establish how you’d deal with such a situation.
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.
Arimart99 » 23 Sep 2020