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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on July 7, 2015
(Last Updated On: August 8, 2022)
“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.
The second that I heard about You and Me and Him, I knew that it was a book I wanted to check out. First of all, it was about two best friends who had been together for a while and always had each others backs, but it was also about what happens when two best friends happen to like the same guy, which I found to be really intriguing!
Maggie and Nash aren’t part of the popular crowd, but they’ve always had each other. When they meet a new guy on the bus named Tom, Nash calls dibs, which means that he’s Nash’s for the taking and only Nash gets to fawn over him. Maggie is okay with this, until Tom starts spending a lot of time with just Maggie since Nash has to keep bailing out due to family reasons. I really want to explain more but I feel like if I do, I’ll include too many spoilers! I feel like that’s all that you really need to know.
Maggie and Nash were the absolute best. Maggie was overweight and many people made fun of her for it and made her feel bad about it, including her gym teacher and her own mother. I felt extremely bad for her because of that, because she was such a sweet person. Maggie was really into baking as well, which I loved since I enjoy baking too. Her specialty was cookies, since it’s what her grandmother used to make too.
Nash was my favorite character I think. He was always there for Maggie whenever she needed him, though sometimes he was a bit too angsty, but I still loved him. I felt horrible for Cece, who had a crush on Nash, because she knew that she wouldn’t ever get a chance to be with him, yet she pined over him anyway. Tom was a likable character for the most part as well. I love how much he adored the outdoors and going on hikes. He was also really into the record shop that Maggie worked at, which I found to be super cool.
You and Me and Him captured so much of the high school experience, from dating to rivalries to friendships, and that’s what made it a new favorite! Plus, the characters were so entirely lovable and I know that I will never forget them. I’ll definitely keep my eyes out for more books written by Kate in the future, but in the meantime, I’ll be recommending this book to everyone!