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Monday, February 25, 2013

Me, Him, Them & It by Caela Carter

Me, Him, Them and It by Caela Carter
"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?"- summary from Amazon

Wow. This was a really well-written book, and Evelyn made for a great main character. Carter wrote her in such a way that she's defiant, vulnerable, witty (I did laugh out loud a couple times), and so much more. She felt like a real person and how I imagine many teen moms feel when they learn they're pregnant.

Evelyn has a wonderful emotional arc over the course of the book, and I loved reading along, watching her grow, regress, and grow again. It's a difficult book to put down and I was scrolling through pages faster than usual. I liked the inclusion too of the different types of parents and parenting styles; there's her parents, her Aunt Linda and her partner Nora, her friend Lizzie's mom, a fellow pregnant teen and her boyfriend as well as her family. It was interesting to see all these, and Evelyn comments on all of them, wondering if she'll be like them as a parent.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and reading about these characters' lives. Carter is a fantastic new voice in YA and I can't wait to read what she writes next!

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

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