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Posted September 2, 2013
Evelyn is your typical good student and conflicted teen, who is
Evelyn is your typical good student and conflicted teen, who is falling for the guy she is just having casual sex with and doing everything under the sun to tick off her parents, whose father is cheating on her mother and whose mother is definitely not mother material. When she decides to tell Todd her feelings are more than friendly, she gets more than a life altering shock when she finds out she is pregnant. Even worse, Todd wants nothing to do with her or a baby. With parents dealing with their own drama she can’t turn too for help, a baby daddy who has left the picture and her best friend totally irked at her, her only hope is her loving aunt who has her own adopted children. Can she help Evelyn make the right choices she won’t regret the rest of her life? What about Todd? Will her best friend come back around?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
“Well, adoption is … like being an anonymous kidney donor. I take something out of my body and just give it away. Why would I do that? I always thought those anonymous donor people were creeps. Not just creeps, lonely creeps.”
This was a powerfully written book hitting on topics that teenagers are faced with every day. From parental problems, to those lingering fights between you and your BFF, you always wonder how much more you can take before hitting your breaking point and this book shows us to keep reaching out to those who offer to help, even when we think we have hit bottom. A must read for all teenagers.
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*You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
Posted May 26, 2013
I was so excited to read this one. And it wasn¿t that I was dis
I was so excited to read this one. And it wasn’t that I was disappointed to read it, I just don’t know that it totally hit everything that I was hoping for, or that it could have done. But I do think it shows the emotional roller coaster that teenage pregnancy can put you on. Evelyn faced a lot of choices, and finally chose to move in with her aunt for the duration of the pregnancy until the baby could be adopted. Teenage pregnancy is such a touchy, crazy topic and I do think that Carter handled the pregnancy part of the novel really well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I just felt the overall tone of the book in places was a little rough and unpolished. I didn’t feel like I connected with Evelyn like I hoped that I would. I wanted to feel sympathy for her, or some sort of emotion and it just wasn’t there.
However, I did like a lot of the book and the overall story was great, which is why I gave it such a high rating!
Posted February 26, 2013
Me, Him, Them and It takes a realistic and deeply emotiona
Me, Him, Them and It takes a realistic and deeply emotional look at teenage pregnancy with a fresh narrator and Caela Carter makes the story her own not like reading the same old story again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I connected with Evelyn, the main character, because I can relate and see myself in her. She isn't quite like any other protagonist that I can remember reading about in that she is quiet, and it is hard for her to open up, while I wouldn't quite call it shy. I've read shy and I can sort of relate with that, but Evelyn is different and different is good to me. I guess the best way I can explain it is that she has a hard time saying the truth and of her feelings to others, and when she finally talks, what comes out isn't the truth.
Me, Him, Them and It also showcased all different kinds of family and how love can be shown. There is the traditional mother and father, though both are disconnected and although they love Evelyn, her mom just doesn't talk much either, and her dad has made some mistakes and can't see how to get past them. Then there is her aunt Linda and her wife/partner Nora, who I might add are two of my favorite characters, maybe even more so than Evelyn. I love their dynamic and how at first glance you wouldn't think they would work but they really are the ones that get through to Evelyn. Their little girls Cecelia and Tammy are black while Linda is chinese and Nora is white, and it doesn't matter in the slightest to them, they just love each other. Tammy and Cecelia just bring the story to a whole other level, and I loved every scene they were in and what they taught Evelyn about herself, family and love.
I will say though, that there is one particular decision that Evelyn makes while I fully support the action, I can't say that I agree with her motivations at that time and how the decision came to pass... If that makes any sense. I really don't want to spoil the story, but I couldn't review without mentioning that. I think that it can send the wrong message about that decision and that is the last thing that I would want.
So, that said, I really enjoyed Me, Him, Them and It. The pacing was wonderful, it kept me engaged and the emotions are really what drove this book. I loved watching Evelyn grow and learn about herself and life.
Bottom line: Emotionally driven story about one girl coming face to face with teenage pregnancy and making the hardest decisions of her life while learning to love herself and learning the ways her family loves her.