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Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 177

Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman is a novel about a romantic encounter between a 17-year-old teenager and a 24-year-old writer. Aciman is an American novelist who has written many articles that have been published on media platforms such as The New York Times. In this book, he writes poetically.

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The main themes in the book are obsession and sexuality. The author implies that pain and happiness in love come in equal measure. He reveals how an intense, romantic relationship in a person’s youth can be short-lived and ended by unavoidable events—such as the fact that Oliver had to leave. Elio is aware that Oliver will at one point leave, and he says,

You watch, I thought, this is how he’ll say goodbye to us when the time comes. With a gruff, slapdash Later! (4)

I believe the author did a great job in highlighting the romantic moments young people experience. Despite this, it is noteworthy that Elio’s obsession with Oliver became toxic when he started monitoring his every move and conversation.

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