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Monday, October 15, 2012

Between You and Me by Marisa Calin

Between You and Me by Marisa Calin
"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."- summary from Amazon

It took me a little bit of time to get into the book, which I was a bit surprised about because I thought the play format was so cool. I thought this would be a book I'd be flipping the pages of, but not so much right away. This may have been one of the e-galleys that I started, then put it down and read another e-galley before going back to it.

I don't know exactly what it was that kept me from really enjoying the novel. I liked it well enough and there was a lot of interesting stuff here (the format, theatre, best friend only referred to as "you", the sexual orientation confusion), but it wasn't an amazing book. I did really enjoy the theatre aspect because I love when theatre is involved in a plotline.

I also thought I had figured out the gender of the best friend, but then I wasn't so sure. There was an instance when I thought of a boy when Phyre answers the door in just an oversized t-shirt and nothing underneath and she was embarrassed. I feel like if the best friend was a girl, it wouldn't matter. You have the same parts. But then there was another time when Phyre was undressing in front of her best friend (or something like that) that made think the best friend was a girl. So I don't know. If you've read the book, what do you think?

Overall, an okay book, but probably just a library read.

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

1 comment:

  1. I really loved this one. In my head, you was a girl, mostly because Phyre's mom never seemed to mind having you over.