3,5 stars. After so many great reviews, maybe my expectation was too big. It was written very well, but the story and the characters didn't really catch me. I would buy the author's next book, because the language was elegant and it was overall a good read. I just found the story a bit predictable: that the MC would fall in love with the beautiful younger brother, after the older brother dumped him. That the older brother (and best friend) would get AIDS (it is the 80ies and he got all other STDs through his carelessness, so it was more or less a given, after a certain point in the story).