“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.
I admit, most of the time I avoid contemporary young adult books. Honestly, it’s not them, it’s me. Cliche, I know, but I raised 3 daughters through their teenage years into adulthood and I’m so over the drama that those years entailed that I can’t even explain it. Every once in a while though, I make an exception. Like when another blogger takes the time to throw a recommendation my way. That’s why I picked up You and Me and Him and I’m not sorry that I did.
So, if me making that statement makes you think that this book didn’t contain teenage drama, you would be wrong. Wrong on so many levels. Just the drama that’s caused by Nash alone would debunk that theory. You and Me and Him is full of drama, but even so, it’s different. Vague I know, but trust me.
When I first started reading this book I thought I had all the characters figured out. I was wrong on that count too. There were a lot of layers that were begging to be revealed… and not just with the teens in the story. Speaking of which, my favorite character (aside from Maggie) wasn’t a teen at all. I’m not going to tell who, because his wisdom kind of sneaked up on me, but I’d bet I’m not the only one who fell in love with him 😉
Maggie had a lot to come to terms with in You and Me and Him, but she did it with a wisdom and grace that few teens find while they’re still ‘teens.’ Not that she didn’t have a couple of teenage angst moments herself. That would have been totally unrealistic.
I have no regrets with my first dip into the Contemporary YA pool in ages, thanks to this story woven by Kris Dinnison. That doesn’t mean I’m ready to pick up all of this genre that cross my path, but it does mean that I’m willing to give a select few a second glance. 😉