I'm The Same

Fiction - Literary
306 Pages
Reviewed on 03/18/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

I'm The Same is a work of fiction in the literary, coming-of-age, and LGBTQ+ romance subgenres. The work is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author James Ungurait, this poignant novel takes readers along on Kodak's journey as he leaves behind his Southern past for an Oregon writing fellowship. There, he meets Quinn, sparking a connection overshadowed by Kodak's biracial struggles. Amidst personal turmoil, a devastating earthquake strikes, separating the two. As Kodak races to rescue Quinn during a tsunami, their love is tested against nature's fury and human frailty.

Author James Ungurait has crafted a deeply moving experience that explores themes of identity, love, and resilience in a compelling, raw, and often tender narrative. Set against the backdrop of Oregon's lush forests and amidst the chaos of a natural disaster, Kodak's journey of self-discovery is chock full of atmospheric language and visceral descriptions that hit home hard. Like much of literary fiction, the work is deeply reliant on its central character and the experiences and reflections life brings them. Ungurait excels in making every moment count and utilizing Kodak’s dialogue and thoughts to endear him to us more and more. The exploration of biracial identity and the challenges faced by Kodak are eye-opening, resonant, and authentically penned, making the novel both relatable and thought-provoking with its unique perspective on life. As the characters navigate love and loss amidst the chaos, Ungurait's storytelling captivates, leaving a lasting impression on readers. Overall, I'm The Same is a powerful portrayal of the strength found in love and the journey toward self-acceptance, making it a poignant and unforgettable story that I would not hesitate to recommend.