Title: Between You & Me
Author: Marisa Calin
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Phyre knows there is something life-changing about her new drama teacher, Mia, from the moment they meet. As Phyre rehearses for the school play, she comes to realize that the unrequited feelings she has for Mia go deeper than she’s ever experienced. Especially with a teacher. Or a woman. All the while, Phyre’s best friend—addressed throughout the story in the second person, as “you”—stands by, ready to help Phyre make sense of her feelings. But just as Mia doesn’t understand what Phyre feels, Phyre can’t fathom the depth of her best friend’s feelings . . . until it’s almost too late for a happy ending. Characters come to life through the innovative screenplay format of this dazzling debut, and unanswered questions—is “you” male or female?—will have readers talking.
(note: this was originally a mini-review, thus its shortness)
I was excited for this debut – it had an interesting premise and a character simply addressed as “you,” keeping the reader from knowing the gender. It was in a screenplay-esque format and had an awesome cover (not that that’s always a sign of a great book). Unfortunately, I just had trouble getting into this book. The main character didn’t really interest me and actually kind of annoyed me, in fact the only character I really liked was “You,” the poor girl/boy who Phyre always took advantage of and never cared enough about. This is kind of a spoiler, so warning – by the end, I was actually rooting against Phyre and “You” getting together and wasn’t quite happy with the way their story wrapped up. I don’t know why, maybe it was the characters or maybe the story just wasn’t as interesting as I was expecting, but I just wasn’t very impressed with this book.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars