Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on July 7, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Friendship, Romance
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Reading Challenges: Booking Through Summer, COYER Scavenger Hunt
“Do not ignore a call from me when you know I am feeling neurotic about a boy. That is Best Friend 101.” —Nash
Maggie and Nash are outsiders. She’s overweight. He’s out of the closet. The best of friends, they have seen each other through thick and thin, but when Tom moves to town at the start of the school year, they have something unexpected in common: feelings for the same guy. This warm, witty novel—with a clear, true voice and a clever soundtrack of musical references—sings a song of love and forgiveness.
You and Me and Him is a young adult contemporary that explores the age of old question of what happens when two best friends like the same guy. Will he come between the two friends? This review is going to be a bit different than my normal reviews because of the nature of the book, I don’t want to give away any specifics, because I fear if I say something, anything at all it will give you some idea of how the whole Tom situation is going to turn out. And that would just not be any fun. So I will give you a basic rundown of You and Me and Him and leave the enjoyment of reading it and finding out what is going on with Maggie, Nash and Tom all for yourself.
First I need to start out by talking a bit about how much I love this cover. I think it fits the story perfectly, and I like that it isn’t like multitudes of other YA contemporary covers out there. Ok, so the story. Maggie and Nash have been best friends forever. (and ever) They have an interesting friendship because their interests and personalities are pretty different. One thing they do have in common is their taste in guys. And whenever they see a guy that they like they calls dibs on him. (never mind asking the guy, if he himself prefers guys or girls. Maggie and Nash dibs away.) So when the new guy Tom shows up in town, they both spy him on the school bus and Nash calls dibs. And guess what…both Maggie and Nash end up crushing hard on Tom.
Tom seems like a genuinely nice guy, right off the bat, which I totally loved about him. I can easily see why Maggie and Nash like him so much. I am not going to say who I wanted Tom to end up liking, but I will say that the book is told entirely from Maggie’s point of view, so it is kind of hard not to connect with her a little more- at least in the beginning. (and really the whole thing for me, but me liking Maggie more didn’t necessarily influence who I wanted Tom with.) Have I confused you yet?
You and Me and Him is a really cute book about friendship and guys always inevitably seem to worm their way in between friends. Those high school years are rough. So yes, there are some immature moments, and some general teenage brattiness, but overall You and Me and Him is a great read that I would recommend to a wide range of fans of young adult. People that like overall light reads that will make you smile. Did you and Me and Him blow me away and change my life? No, but I did really enjoy it. I have really been into books with interesting friendship dynamics and You and Me and Him is a great book for that. That was my favorite part of the story, and I think Kris Dinnison did a fantastic job with Maggie and Nash.What happens when 2 best friends like the same guy? @BookBriefs #Review You and Me and Him by @KrisDinnison @HMHKids Click To Tweet
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