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The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart. Jay Bell's bestselling Something Like... series is retold in vivid color, the story now accompanied by Cassy Fallon’s evocative art. This adaptation is the perfect starting point for newcomers, while those familiar with the novels and movie will discover fresh twists and turns. Experience a love story like no other in this first volume of collected comics!


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The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart. Jay Bell's bestselling Something Like... series is retold in vivid color, the story now accompanied by Cassy Fallon’s evocative art. This adaptation is the perfect starting point for newcomers, while those familiar with the novels and movie will discover fresh twists and turns. Experience a love story like no other in this first volume of collected comics!

30 review for Something Like Summer - The Comic - Volume One: Summer (Something Like Comics Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    I really enjoyed this one immensely! There are so many important issues and topics that are tackled and the combination of the story and art is amazing! <3 I loved how Tim and Ben discovered their love for each other and even though I was not okay with a lot of the things that happened in here, I still think that it's important they were a part of the story. Coming out is never easy, especially not if you have parents that won't or can't accept you the way you are. (view spoiler)[Poor Tim! My hear I really enjoyed this one immensely! There are so many important issues and topics that are tackled and the combination of the story and art is amazing! <3 I loved how Tim and Ben discovered their love for each other and even though I was not okay with a lot of the things that happened in here, I still think that it's important they were a part of the story. Coming out is never easy, especially not if you have parents that won't or can't accept you the way you are. (view spoiler)[Poor Tim! My heart hurts so much for him, but also for Ben because none of them deserves to go through this. Ben leaving the key at Tim's house at the end of this broke me!! T_T (hide spoiler)] I love how many thoughts Jay Bell put into this and how perfectly the artist captured them. This feels real and true! And I can't wait to continue with "Autumn"! P.S: I love Jay's comments on every episode. They really make you think and feel. =)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    I am having trouble liking the two main characters here. But I do know that things are going to change in the second volume. It's just who the characters are. The characters are in their stage of life where things in life are rather confusing and I totally get that. Let's stop expecting the young adult characters to behave like mature adults who are making their worse mistakes their lives. With this mind when I read such genres, I tend to understand the characters better. Ben has been facing harr I am having trouble liking the two main characters here. But I do know that things are going to change in the second volume. It's just who the characters are. The characters are in their stage of life where things in life are rather confusing and I totally get that. Let's stop expecting the young adult characters to behave like mature adults who are making their worse mistakes their lives. With this mind when I read such genres, I tend to understand the characters better. Ben has been facing harrassment and homophobic comments on a daily basis ever since he came out. He ignores everything but he just cannot ignore the fact that he's alone and he needs someone in his life to have that special relationship. He develops a hopeless crush on Tim who's giving him mixed signals throughout the entire story ever since they became acquainted with each other. Ben has an amazing best friend and a loving, understanding family, don't get me wrong. We all know how it feels to want to be with someone special. But I was always on the edge while reading this hoping he doesn't get hurt. Like I was actually worried about him. Damn, he became my cinnamon roll that easily 😋 So far the characters are developed well. The second volume seems promising enough! Already into the first 5 chapters of the next volume. Hope things work out for Ben. I didn't like some stereotypes as was being depicted in the story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 stars This book is Jay Bell and Cassy Fallon’s graphic novel adaptation of Something Like Summer, the first book in the Seasons series (and part of the larger Something Like series). I have only read the first of the novels and loved the ever changing trajectories of the main characters. Fans of the novels should understand this graphic novel only covers Ben and Tim’s senior year of high school, whereas the book went quite a bit further (the novel covers around a decade). A Joyfully Jay review. 4 stars This book is Jay Bell and Cassy Fallon’s graphic novel adaptation of Something Like Summer, the first book in the Seasons series (and part of the larger Something Like series). I have only read the first of the novels and loved the ever changing trajectories of the main characters. Fans of the novels should understand this graphic novel only covers Ben and Tim’s senior year of high school, whereas the book went quite a bit further (the novel covers around a decade). As far as the story goes, I think the content has been whittled down enough to work well with a graphic novel format. Of course, most of the action focuses on Tim and Ben’s changing relationship, but there’s also the bullying Ben endures and the support Ben gets from his best friend Allison (TW: she is the target of some domestic violence; readers can see the bruising on her face). Bell strikes a good balance between developing the Ben/Tim story and incorporating the supporting cast throughout the book. Read Camille’s review in its entirety here.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I think that the graphic novel version of Summer was good. I think it can serve as a good introduction to the story for new readers or a fun refresher for those that are long time fans. The artwork was really great, and I do like that they changed the time period to current times so it feels more relatable in the visuals with fashions and dialog. Ben is a little hipster and has definitely got some style! He's by far the cuter of the two, but then again I always pictured him as the cuter one. I un I think that the graphic novel version of Summer was good. I think it can serve as a good introduction to the story for new readers or a fun refresher for those that are long time fans. The artwork was really great, and I do like that they changed the time period to current times so it feels more relatable in the visuals with fashions and dialog. Ben is a little hipster and has definitely got some style! He's by far the cuter of the two, but then again I always pictured him as the cuter one. I understand that in this medium, they had to shorten the storyline to fit, and while it makes sense, I felt that it oversimplified Ben and Tim's relationship. I dont think the medium was able to capture the nuances as much as the original novel. So, for me, the story didn't seem as captivating. Its a fun, quick read though and being a huge fan of the whole series, its a nice addition to the collection!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marsh Myers

    It's an interesting plot about an out gay character who connects with a closeted gay character after accidentally hurting him. It's a little unbelievable in that respect, but I felt the subject of self-respect and familial pressures were handled well and the ending was believable. The artwork was great. I'd recommend this one. It's an interesting plot about an out gay character who connects with a closeted gay character after accidentally hurting him. It's a little unbelievable in that respect, but I felt the subject of self-respect and familial pressures were handled well and the ending was believable. The artwork was great. I'd recommend this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nathalie Korhonen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm going to try to be constructive in this review. I know that the plot is based off of aspects of the author's life, and I don't want to invalidate that in any way. Furthermore, I read this on Tapas for free, so who am I to complain? That said, all art is open to critique, so long as it's not malicious. If it weren't for the more explicit scenes, I would say that this is a middle-grade book and I think that that's the main problem I had with it. I read it as someone who's already gone through I'm going to try to be constructive in this review. I know that the plot is based off of aspects of the author's life, and I don't want to invalidate that in any way. Furthermore, I read this on Tapas for free, so who am I to complain? That said, all art is open to critique, so long as it's not malicious. If it weren't for the more explicit scenes, I would say that this is a middle-grade book and I think that that's the main problem I had with it. I read it as someone who's already gone through coming out and high school, so the story didn't resonate with me as much. This is probably a good and helpful read for people in high school, figuring themselves out, but for me, it fell flat. The story is pretty simplistic, and the reduced format of a graphic novel made the characters feel very flat. I haven't read the novel, so I don't know if this is also the case there. The characters feel underdeveloped and reliant on over-played archetypes. Parts of this story read like a fanfic: trope-heavy, over-dramatic, and rushed. I think that Victor's character is the best example of this. He has a couple strange personality traits, makes these insane "philosophical" statements but there doesn't seem to be very much behind it all. Like a lot of YA romance, the characters declare their undying love at the age of about 19, which I'm not a huge fan of. The characters do a lot of telling, but not a whole lot of showing. There are a couple problematic aspects in this book. Some of them have been addressed by the author on Tapas, so I'm not going to talk about those particular examples. In the first few chapters, Ben is essentially a stalker. I would have been open to a discussion of how feeling isolated drives people to do bad things, but instead this is not really addressed. If anything, it's shown as justifiable since Ben is a victim of homophobic bullying. This would have been a good example to show character growth, but in reality his behaviour is rewarded: he does become involved with the guy that he stalks. This said, it's not actually a huge plot point, so I'll let it slide. My main issue is the lack of trigger warnings for anything other than explicit content. It's common practice on Tapas to have a trigger warning before a chapter, and I think it's especially important in a graphic novel. So here are the relevant trigger warnings: homophobic abuse, physical domestic abuse, suicide attempt, and self-harm. This book just wasn't for me, but there are some things in here that I think are objectively bad.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Doug Reyes

    So just having finished the source novel, I was curious to see how this translated in a graphic novel. Now understand, I don’t read enough graphic novels to have a basis of comparison to know how to rate this. Here’s what I do know: 1. The art is ok. I like that it isn’t typical of either superhero style or manga. I don’t love it tho either; it leans a bit too close to cartoons for me. I would have liked a more ‘serious’ (?) style. 2. Where diversions from the original plot are taken, they make se So just having finished the source novel, I was curious to see how this translated in a graphic novel. Now understand, I don’t read enough graphic novels to have a basis of comparison to know how to rate this. Here’s what I do know: 1. The art is ok. I like that it isn’t typical of either superhero style or manga. I don’t love it tho either; it leans a bit too close to cartoons for me. I would have liked a more ‘serious’ (?) style. 2. Where diversions from the original plot are taken, they make sense. ...also proving there was some fat to trim in the original novel. 3. The GN ends at about the halfway point of the novel. So cliffhanger. No HEA or HFN. As a stand-alone piece, that’s a heartbreaker. 4. I still love Ben and Tim. As messed up as their young love is; I still feel their drama with them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Clearly I can’t review a graphic novel the same as I would a standard novel, and it’s made even more difficult since this was a successful series of novels I really liked, and the graphic novel is an AU retelling. Ben’s story takes place in the present day versus the 1990s, and there are substantive changes. Texting makes a big difference in the plot, and Allison’s father’s story is directly changed as a result of resources now available as well changed mindsets on mental health since the 90s. H Clearly I can’t review a graphic novel the same as I would a standard novel, and it’s made even more difficult since this was a successful series of novels I really liked, and the graphic novel is an AU retelling. Ben’s story takes place in the present day versus the 1990s, and there are substantive changes. Texting makes a big difference in the plot, and Allison’s father’s story is directly changed as a result of resources now available as well changed mindsets on mental health since the 90s. How well does it work as a comic book versus a novel? I’m not sure what I’d say if I didn’t have the book handy as well. It certainly loses something, and while the AU is a chance to do something different, different isn’t always better. 4 stars feels about right. It’s interesting as a companion piece.

  9. 5 out of 5

    jshgvx

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Boże, jak dobrze, że to się już skończyło. Już dawno główny bohater mnie tak nie irytował swoimi decyzjami i jakimkolwiek brakiem pomyślunku. Nie dość, że koleś dosłownie zawsze wybierał najgorsze możliwości, które nijak nie mogły się skończyć dobrze, to dodatkowo kompletnie nie docierały do niego informacje zwrotne o tym, że to, co robi, nie jest mile widziane. Ponadto był pełen hipokryzji. Nie przeszkadza mu jakoś wielce, że jego "chłopak", chce żeby się ukrywali, ale już nie potrafi zrozumieć Boże, jak dobrze, że to się już skończyło. Już dawno główny bohater mnie tak nie irytował swoimi decyzjami i jakimkolwiek brakiem pomyślunku. Nie dość, że koleś dosłownie zawsze wybierał najgorsze możliwości, które nijak nie mogły się skończyć dobrze, to dodatkowo kompletnie nie docierały do niego informacje zwrotne o tym, że to, co robi, nie jest mile widziane. Ponadto był pełen hipokryzji. Nie przeszkadza mu jakoś wielce, że jego "chłopak", chce żeby się ukrywali, ale już nie potrafi zrozumieć tego, że nie jest on gotowy na wyznanie mu miłości. Dodatkowo, jako wisienka na torcie, niektóre zachowania głównego bohatera podchodzą pod prześladowanie. Jedyna pozytywna rzecz, jaką można wynieść po przeczytaniu tego komiksu to to, jak nie pisać historii miłosnych.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Boris del Sauce

    The Story was good, a little cliche, but a good cliche. Open gay in love with a closeted guy. The problem are some things the protagonist do and say, like that he deserves the love of the jock, because the world owes him something, and trying to force an "I love you". I know they are in high school, but come on. Something I didn't like too, the problem with Allison's dad, it was so unrealistic and weird. Maybe they needed more panels to resolve it beter, because it just looked like a moment to sh The Story was good, a little cliche, but a good cliche. Open gay in love with a closeted guy. The problem are some things the protagonist do and say, like that he deserves the love of the jock, because the world owes him something, and trying to force an "I love you". I know they are in high school, but come on. Something I didn't like too, the problem with Allison's dad, it was so unrealistic and weird. Maybe they needed more panels to resolve it beter, because it just looked like a moment to show how brave was the protagonist. The good things, it has good phrases and funny jokes. The art was inconsistent, but when done right, was very good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alan Villafana

    I love the something like series and finished whole series, including the something like stories volume 3. This interpretation threw me off guard with the story taking place in the current time and though I am still on the fence, I love how the modern takes, speaks on current stuff going on currently in the LGBTQ community. I am looking forward to volume 2 and looking forward to where this new interpretation takes fans and hopefully attracts new fans.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chloe McGenn

    I got this on Kickstarter and was -peasant;y surprised by a decent story. There were things I liked, and things I really hated. I also got volume 2, so I’ll be reading that to see if I like the main characters more in the next volume - right now, I’m not that fond of either of them

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daftfader

    Been slightly pacing myself while reading this, a few pages at a time. I like that the setting was changed from the 90s to now, adds a new twist. Looking forward to the next volume

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hunter Lambright

    Pretty basic “out guy dating closet case” story that really could have been tightened up with some editing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Decent story but ready for some character growth.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sydnëy Maë

    3.5/5 stars. BEAUTIFUL.

  17. 4 out of 5

    José Gabriel

    Em pé de igualdade com Heartstopper. Mal posso esperar pelos próximos!!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    nana, inquisitor

    3.5/5 [screams into the void]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patricia allen

    I absolutely love this story. It's so much heeling and all. I can't wait to read more. I absolutely love this story. It's so much heeling and all. I can't wait to read more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Francis

    The art is gorgeous but the story is bittersweet.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Nice starting off point Condensed version of Jay Bell's first Something Like book told in graphic novel form. Well done with nice illustrations. I'm now curious to check out more of the series. Nice starting off point Condensed version of Jay Bell's first Something Like book told in graphic novel form. Well done with nice illustrations. I'm now curious to check out more of the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Fans of the "Something Like..." series will love this very visual representation of Jay Bell's classic coming of age gay drama in the modern Western world will love this graphic novel, perhaps even more than the movie version. While being fundamentally set in the US, with very contextual views of school and holidays; these characters could be in any anglic nation like the UK or Australia. The graphic artwork by Cassy Fallon was brilliant, if a tad romanticised; but this was ultimately a love dram Fans of the "Something Like..." series will love this very visual representation of Jay Bell's classic coming of age gay drama in the modern Western world will love this graphic novel, perhaps even more than the movie version. While being fundamentally set in the US, with very contextual views of school and holidays; these characters could be in any anglic nation like the UK or Australia. The graphic artwork by Cassy Fallon was brilliant, if a tad romanticised; but this was ultimately a love drama, and romanticism suited it. I am very glad that this kick-Starter project succeeded and look forward to the second book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sascha

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ahud

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elise

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anthony McGill

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zack

  30. 5 out of 5

    Francisca Sepúlveda

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