Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2007 ISBN: 0374299218
Seventeen year old Elio falls in love with his father’s summer graduate student assistant, Oliver, while occasionally sleeping with neighbor girl Marzia. Oliver is hot and cold with him by turns, and Elio is left anguished and unable to express his feelings.
At least half the book is taken up with Elio’s frustration, and while it brings back memories of being a tongue-tied teen, it gets tedious at times. Finally, three weeks before Oliver is due to leave, the two confess their feelings for each other and the action picks up.
Older teens may have the patience for the slow action.