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you and me and himWhat: You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison

Who: HMH Books for Young Readers

When: July 7th 2015

How: A copy of this novel was provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for review via Edelweiss.

“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.


That’s it. I am officially cursed with incorrect synopses.

When I requested You and Me and Him, I thought that it would be told from two perspectives: a straight girl, and a gay boy. I also thought that they would both fall in love with the same bisexual guy.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. You and Me and Him is told only from the perspective of the straight girl, and the guy that both friends fall in love with is also straight.

So I am more than a little annoyed that this book seemed to be LGBT+ from the synopses and then turned out to be something I would have had little to no interest in if it was not for my synopsis curse.

I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. Maggie is constantly in a state of “woe is my life” over her weight, and this does not change by the end of the book. I appreciate the fact that she wasn’t your typical character that is gorgeous and blows everyone away with her physique, but I was also really disappointed that nothing was touched on regarding the fact that being overweight doesn’t necessarily mean you’re unfit. Or that being overweight definitely doesn’t mean that you’re unattractive, or that people would never want to date you. The number of times Maggie said “I mean, look at me” when she was talking about never having a boyfriend or never having been kissed was outrageous. The body shaming in this book was a huge let down.

I did not warm to Nash. I thought he was a bit of a Manic Pixie Dream Boy with a side of extreme drama queen. When Maggie was lamenting over the fact that they were fighting, I thought that she might have been better off without Nash, anyway. He said some pretty shitty things to her, and he overreacted to the nth degree.

Tom wasn’t anything. I didn’t see him as anything but a love interest for both Maggie and Nash. I had no clue who he was supposed to be as a character. He shamelessly flirted with everyone, giving the wrong idea to Nash and even to Maggie, to an extent. And then he tried to pass it off with some story about how he was a complete jerk in the past? Uhm, leading someone on is also a jerk move, you idiot. Even though I didn’t warm to Maggie or Nash, they both could have done better.

The owner of the record store that Maggie worked out was a flat two dimensional character straight out of a fairytale. I don’t even remember his name. The only purpose he served was providing sage, out of this world wise advice to Maggie, and to care about her more than anyone else. To be honest, I think some of his character would have been better off as a parent, because I also found it a little creepy.

You and Me and Him ended openly, and was just the cherry on top of this mediocre cake.

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Posted on: July 11, 2015 • By: Chiara

10 Responses to Review: You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison

  1. Kayla says:

    After all of that, an open ending? Eh, I think I’ll pass on this one. I don’t see much about it that interests me :/

  2. Oh, the synopsis curse sounds absolutely horrid to have. *sends you hugs and takeout* It’s always sad when LGBT+ elements aren’t REALLY in the book. Although hmm, a love triangle with a bisexual hypotenuse would be really fun. Perhaps I should write one.

    • Chiara says:

      I know! It’s happened SO many times, I am now very scared of synopses *accepts hugs and takeout gratefully* Yeah, I was SO looking forward to a bisexual guy being in love with two best friends, and that is SO not what I got *sigh* You totally should! I would 100% read it :D

  3. WELL. I’m glad I didn’t preorder this book! I hate misleading synopses D:

  4. Ugh, I think misleading synopses are the bane of my existence. I was actually quite excited about this one when I read the blurb – because I mean, come on, a straight/gay/bi love triangle?! How awesome is that?

    Alas, it seems I’m going to pass up on it. There doesn’t seem to be anything particularly extraordinary in this book. :(

    • Chiara says:

      SAME. I was so excited, and then 100% let down by this book and it’s complete straightness :(

      There is definitely nothing particularly extraordinary about this book, and passing on it is a pretty good idea. Unfortunately.

  5. Valerie says:

    Booooo. I have never even heard of this, but the misleading synopsis sounds much better than what it actually was! I’m sorry this didn’t turn out well Chiara! BETTER LUCK NEXT BOOK! :)

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