“Falling hard for somebody makes you do things you never thought you'd do before. Like pulling off an A in History or finally facing the truth about yourself”
― Steve Kluger, Almost Like Being in Love
Out of all the books I read during the weekend, this one is my most favorite. The unique way of telling the story (using just the characters' post-its, journals, emails, etc to build the story) , the endearing characters, the setup, the plot, the sense of humor are really highlights of this book. Oh Gosh, words cannot describe how much I love Travis. He is quirky, strong, brave, has his own mindset, spontaneous and horribly unlucky in love to the point of being pathetic. Maybe some may find him too unrealistic and daydreaming for his own good, but seriously, if you hate Travis, it's mostly because he has the guts to do what he wants to do no matter how crazy that may sound. Gosh, you don't simply cross a whole country of United States just to see your perfect first love in high school that happened like 20 years ago. And he didn't even know Craig's address. Or how he became an American History teacher just because of some cute ass. But the football players loved him and his unorthodox way of teaching anyway. At some point, I found him pathetic, but he is Travis. It's really hard not to love him at the end.
Plot wise, it does seem like a bit of perfect modern fairy tale to me. I mean Craig is committed for 12 years already. How much chance does a high school first love 20 years ago stand to that? Travis obviously understands that, and that's one of the 123455 reasons why I love this character. The ending seems a bit rushed to me. I'm not sure if it's the best ending ever, but it serves its purpose. Everyone is happy at the end. Seriously, if Travis did not have his own happy ending, I could see the rage of all readers glaring at the writer hahaha, me included for sure!!!!!!!!