“There they were, the legacy of youth, the two mascots of my life, hunger and fear, watching over me, saying so many people before you have taken the chance and been rewarded, why can’t you?”
This quote defines the book for me. The adolescent angst of first loves. The wanting mixed in with the sheer fear of being rejected and the host of emotions that entirely takes over your mind and body. Everything is to be felt much deeper and more passionately. It’s all new and fresh and exciting, yet equally as paralyzing. Set on the Italian Riviera in the mid 1980’s, the story follows the coming of age of 17-year-old Elio, who falls achingly in love with Oliver, a grad student who has come to stay in their house (picture a huge mansion equipped with orchards) for the summer. The tale of these two characters is utterly intertwined with that endless summer feeling.