Author: Lauren Strasnick
Release Date: October 2010
Published By: Simon Pulse
Goodreads Rating: 3.14 stars
Review: Alex moves with her mess of a mother to a new town, where she is befriended by hot, enigmatic Fred—and alternately flirted with and cold-shouldered by Fred’s twin sister, Adina. Others warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, whose sibling relationship is considered abnormal at best, but there’s just something about Fred—and something about Adina—that draws Alex to them and makes her want to be part of their crazy world…no matter the consequences.
This is a book that overall got some rather negative reviews, and I chalk this up to the book's, well, quirkiness. There's something about this plot that's very, very different from what you typically see, and that's the kind of thing that's going to really appeal to some readers and really turn off others. In my case, it was definitely a case of major appeal. HER AND ME AND YOU was disconcerting in just the right way to strike me as completely awesome.
Underneath the layer of quirkiness, though, there's a lovely, moving story. There is enough emotion in here to drive through your heart, and there were certainly parts of the plot where all I wanted to do was give Alex a huge hug and tell her everything will be okay. The writing was gorgeous enough to perfectly convey all the sweet emotion through the beautifully simple prose.
And of course, the romantic sub-plot in this book was a major component of the novel, so it would be a huge damper if it didn't live up to expectations. Luckily, the romance was amazing, and exactly the kind of thing I've been looking for in a book - a love interest who isn't necessarily all that eye-catchingly attractive and a romance that's fun and sweet and moving without the characters swearing their undying, eternal love for each other.
All in all, HER AND ME AND YOU was everything I look for in a book. It was quirky, it had heart, and it had an amazing romance that honestly ranks among my favorite YA romances ever (I guess this means I have weird taste). If you're fans of quirky books that don't always necessarily get great reviews, I can't recommend this enough.