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ME: Evelyn, closeted good girl turned bad.

HIM: Todd, her supposed Friend with Benefits.

THEM: Her cold, distant parents.

IT: The baby that’s growing inside her.

When Evelyn decided to piss off her parents with a bad reputation, she wasn’t planning to ruin her valedictorian status. She also wasn’t planning to fall for Todd—the guy she was just using for sex. And she ...

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Overview

ME: Evelyn, closeted good girl turned bad.

HIM: Todd, her supposed Friend with Benefits.

THEM: Her cold, distant parents.

IT: The baby that’s growing inside her.

When Evelyn decided to piss off her parents with a bad reputation, she wasn’t planning to ruin her valedictorian status. She also wasn’t planning to fall for Todd—the guy she was just using for sex. And she definitely wasn’t planning on getting pregnant. When Todd turns his back on her, Evelyn’s not sure where to go. Can a distant mother, a cheating father, an angry best friend, and a (thankfully) loving aunt with adopted daughters of her own help Evelyn make the heart-wrenching decisions that follow?

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Editorial Reviews

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"Evie . . . is the wisest, funniest, most conflicted narrator since Juno. Me, Him, Them, and It ought to be assigned alongside The Scarlet Letter." —Patricia McCormick, National Book Award finalist and bestselling author 

"Caela Carter paints a raw and unflinching picture of the truth about teen pregnancy—a truth every teen should know . . . Readers looking for a bold and gripping addition to their bookshelf will not be disappointed—and will not be able to put this book down." —Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List and Bitter End 

"Deftly captures the emotional complexities of teenage pregnancy . . . For readers looking for genres that express the stark realities of life with all their highs and lows, this book will be one to recommend." —VOYA

"Breathtaking, brutal, and beautifully real, Carter's debut is stunning." —Romantic Times

Publishers Weekly
In this introspective first novel, Carter persuasively traces the vacillating emotions and opinions of a distraught pregnant teenager, showing how a 16-year-old mother-to-be finds the support and courage she needs to make necessary choices. Evelyn knows she has options, but she can’t imagine carrying out any of them; she’s at the top of her class, has Ivy League aspirations, and—more than anything—just doesn’t want to be pregnant. At her parents’ suggestion, Evelyn seeks temporary refuge with her aunt’s unconventional family in Chicago, but she soon realizes that hiding from her friends and the nuns at her Catholic school back home won’t make her problems disappear. She also has to face hard truths about her parents’ failing marriage, her best friend’s anger at being kept in the dark, and the father’s unwillingness to take responsibility for the unborn child. Carter doesn’t sugarcoat the pain and complications that result from Evelyn’s choice. If anything, readers are left to ponder whether there are such things as “right” decisions for girls in Evelyn’s situation. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kate McKean, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
Does a good girl truly go bad if nobody notices? In an effort to get her silently feuding parents to pay attention (Dad had an affair, but for Evelyn's sake has "reconciled" with her mother and moved back home), Evelyn resorts to trashing her reputation. She drops track, begins partying in earnest, and sleeps, repeatedly, with Todd. However, with her grades still deliberately intact, Evelyn's parents are oblivious. So when Evelyn's un-boyfriend Todd (amazingly, no one at her small, Catholic high school even knows they are together), turns up one night sans protection, Evelyn concurs. One night leads to multiple other protection-free nights and lo and behold, Evelyn turns up pregnant. The story turns on Evelyn's inability to make any decision regarding her pregnancy; she drags her mother to the Planned Parenthood clinic staffer to break the news and is completely incapable of seriously considering the plethora of options which now face her. Attorney mom takes charge, arranging for Evelyn to leave Florida and stay with her "sick" aunt for the remainder of the school year. Barely speaking to Todd, she joins Aunt Linda and Aunt Nora and their two adopted African-American kids in Chicago to ride out the pregnancy. At turns extraordinarily annoying and heartbreakingly insightful, Evelyn struggles with her options, with letting people help her and finally, with coming to grips with her decisions and their myriad of consequences. While Evelyn is incredibly self-centered (but what teen isn't?), credit is due for the honest portrayal of her mixed-up emotions and for presenting a balanced approach to the struggles and questions a pregnant teen must face. Things wrap up a bit too neatly, and the book isn't the strongest of its genre, but it may well resonate with teens facing—or know friends who face—similar circumstances. Reviewer: Kris Sauer
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Accomplished at cross-country, art, and academics, 16-year-old Evelyn, who attends a Catholic school in Jacksonville, Florida, downs ginger ale and hard-to-hear advice, both handed to her by Mary at Planned Parenthood. When life with her parents got too silent and miserable following her dad's return home after leaving for another woman, Evelyn decided to leave her good-girl image behind and sleep with a football player who really seemed to like her. Todd never actually becomes her boyfriend, and their relationship stays on the "down-low." Soon Evelyn finds herself pregnant with no good options and no real help from him. She doesn't even want to tell her best friend about the decisions she is facing, let alone think about attending school while she swells to smuggling-a-basketball proportions, but she can't do this alone. While Bean grows inside her, Evelyn learns how to talk, to take risks, and to forgive. Characters feel true, and the pregnancy time line helps propel readers through a difficult but rewarding journey as Evelyn's life utterly transforms. A poignant tale that is likely to appeal even to reluctant readers.—Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA
Kirkus Reviews
A "good girl" experiences an unplanned pregnancy and its aftermath. Evelyn is a classic good girl, earning top grades and excelling in the art studio as well as on the track. When her parents start paying more attention to their acrimoniously crumbling marriage than to their daughter, she punishes them by becoming drinking, drugging, sex-having Bad Evelyn. Unfortunately, Bad Evelyn's exploits become a punishment for her, too, as her protection-free sex with Todd leads to an unplanned pregnancy. Evelyn's situation is the stuff of classic YA problem novels: What will she do about her pregnancy? How will she live with her choices? Will her heart, in fact, go on? Fearing expulsion from her competitive and deeply conservative Catholic high school, Evelyn relocates to Chicago to live with her aunts Linda and Nora and their daughters while she makes her choices and protects her GPA. Evelyn is a tough nut to crack, and she's not particularly likable, but through all her self-contradictory crabbiness and emotionally withholding fears, readers may see someone recognizably real. First-time author Carter drags her narrative out, making readers angst along with Evelyn as she chronicles every week of her pregnancy and beyond. Readers who relish self-indulgent inner monologue and expect dramatic arguments, seething resentment, tearful heartbreak, unspoken anxieties, unexpected friendships and ultimately, graceful reconciliation, will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 14-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619631861
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 200,417
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

CAELA CARTER is also the author of My Best Friend, Maybe. She spent eight years working in middle and high schools as a teacher and a librarian. A graduate of The New School’s MFA program, she also writes for Teen Writers Bloc, a blog on children’s literature. She lives in New York with her husband.

www.caelacarter.com

@CaelaCarter

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

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    Hmm... I really had trouble rating this book. It wasn't that it

    Hmm... I really had trouble rating this book. It wasn't that it was poorly written because it's not but I just wasn't a fan of the main character. I found her to be spoiled and extremely childish over everything. Which may have been the idea since she is only a teen but I would hope most 16 yr olds know that having unprotected sex NUMEROUS times will eventually result in a pregnancy. I was hoping that as the story progressed that Evelyn would grow and mature as a person but apparently she just spiraled down and got worse.

    The story pretty much consists of Evie deciding should I or shouldn't I. Should she abort the baby or shouldn't she? If she doesn't abort, should she keep the baby or give it up for adoption? She never makes up her mind until the very last possible second. Looking back, maybe the author wrote the character like that because she didn't want to seem "pro" anything when it came to teen pregnancy. Either way, I found the wishy washy thoughts of a spoiled (borderline stupid) girl a bit tiresome. I wish something had come of the book by the end but alas I didn't feel sorry for her, for her actions, or for the decisions she made in the end.

    The one good thing that can be taken away from this book is the consequences of having sex, when you are not prepared to start a family. She made some poor choices both before conception and after that not only affected her and the baby but the father, his family and Evie's family as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2014

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    Books about heavy issues/real problems are some of my favorite b

    Books about heavy issues/real problems are some of my favorite books. I love seeing how different authors write their characters and scenarios in these every day situations that real people face. These books are like real life (only they’re not)… and I find people and their reactions absolutely fascinating (even if they’re not real people). That being said, Me, Him, Them, and It was only okay.

    SPOILERS I just flat out didn’t like Evelyn. Yes, I understand she’s 16. Yes, I understand she’s dealing with a major life changing event. I get all that. However, I don’t get her immaturity and flat out refusal to make any informed decisions about her baby. She routinely read like someone even younger than 16 to me (she can have unprotected sex, drink, and be “Bad Evelyn” but refers to Todd’s penis as “his thing?”) The entire time, I just wanted to scream at her to get it together and grow up. END SPOILERS

    In the end, I just wasn’t as impressed with this book as I had hoped to be.

    You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2014

    Wow

    I can't figure out how to buy it on a gift card

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    Posted July 18, 2014

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    4/5 stars

    4/5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    I have thid I have this in hardback...

    At thw end it is very depressing. I threw the book across the room

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

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    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?
    “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.
    *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review* 
    *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review

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  • 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.




    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    I know the author!

    Ms.Carter is my school librarian... I haven't read the book yet though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    This book was recommended to me by a friend. I was a bit skeptic

    This book was recommended to me by a friend. I was a bit skeptical at first since I don't typically read this genre; however, I'm so glad I did. I thought the book was AMAZING! I seldom get emotional when I read books; however, as the story progressed I cried and cried. I also cried for about 20 minutes after the book. I think this is a great read for adults as well as parents with teenage children. It's a great way to have a family discussion about teenage pregnancy and the choices you make. Even though I was never a teenage mom I was able to relate to the main character. I've recommended this book to my friends for book club! This book is fantastic and a must read.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

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          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. 
         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. 

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    4.5 stars! Every teenage girl and every parent of a teenage

    4.5 stars!





    Every teenage girl and every parent of a teenage girl should read this book.  It's raw, it's harsh, but it's reality.  It packs a hard punch right to the abdomen (no pun intended) and really makes you think.




    Evelyn is sixteen.  Evelyn is a junior on the track to being valedictorian in her class, with dreams of going to an Ivy League school.  Evelyn has a tough life at home with her non-speaking parents.  Evelyn is depressed.  Evelyn is pregnant.  Crap.  Now what?  Evelyn is faced with a huge burden, major decisions, and parents who are of no help at all.  No matter how hard she tries, she's unable to bring herself to tell her BFF of her predicament.  She doesn't know who to turn to, or what to do next.




    Evelyn is asked over and over again by the counselor at Planned Parenthood the same questions: Will you have this baby?  Will you have an abortion?  If you have the baby, will you give it up for adoption or care for it as a teen mother?  If you decide to parent this child, where will you live?  How will you support it financially?  But Evelyn doesn't have the answers.  She has no idea what to do.  She's lost and insecure.  Evelyn needs help.




    Me, Him, Them and It is a stark look at the life of a pregnant teenager, the roller coaster ride that consumes her mind, and the emotional toll it takes on her and everyone in her life.  The thoughts that run through her head.  The questions being asked of her.  The strength it must take to put your own dreams and desires on hold long enough to consider the life of the being growing inside of you.  I think teenage girls and mothers will definitely benefit from reading this story.  I'd have to say it's the best teenage pregnancy book I've read thus far.  I'm neither a teenager nor a parent of one, but I really enjoyed this book.  It was REAL, and that says a lot.

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