"But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end." - William Shakespeare
|You and Me and Him|
Nash Taylor is gay and Maggie Bower is overweight. having been friends since they were kids, Maggie and Nash are like two peas in a pod and are as thick as thieves. now seventeen, the two continue to wish for the One who will sweep them off their feet. when they see Tom Pierce, the New Boy, at the start of their junior year, both call dibs at the same time but Maggie gives way to Nash. what started as a "running joke" between them turns serious when each falls hard for Tom who just might turn out to be the One after all. who gets who though?
this novel takes a look into the joys and pains of friendship, growing up and family dynamics through the eyes of teenagers living in a small town. Maggie narrates the story from beginning to end. through her voice, the reader learns what it is like to be different, what makes one stand out or ignored and what are the ties that bind or break us. the reader is invited as well to examine closer what and/or who is important in our lives that will make us better, happier persons in the end.
author Kris Dinnison is a keen observer of societal relationships and has a clear insight into the inner workings of a teenager's mind. she had the right ingredients to make this book sweet, endearing and poignant. the plot was engaging and its characters were memorable and realistic. in addition, there were enough humor, music (that's right!) and wisdom thrown in to balance the angst and drama.
i had a great time reading this book and i think a lot of people can relate to Maggie, Nash and the rest of the troop. i hope young and adults readers alike end up enjoying the story as much as i did.
*You and Me and Him ships on July 7, 2015 at Amazon and other retailers.
for more information about Kris Dinnison and her works, please visit her on the web at krisdinnison.net, scribbleandhum.blogspot.com and scribbleandhum.tumblr.com
my personal rating is:
You and Me and Him is suitable for readers 14 and up.
Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy for review from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers via NetGalley. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.