Monday, 23 September 2013

Review: Me and You by Claudia Carroll

I’m fine. I’m sorry. Please take care of him for me. And maybe one day I’ll get to explain.

Angie knows a lot about her best friend Kitty.
She knows Kitty is mad and wild and loves to wear clashing colours. She knows she’s incredibly funny and generous but also very unreliable.
And she knows that there is a perfect explanation for Kitty standing her up on her birthday.
She thinks she knows everything about Kitty, except she doesn’t.

Kitty knows that she is the happiest she has ever been.
She knows she’s so lucky to have a lovely boyfriend, Simon and a best friend like Angie.
But what she doesn’t know that on this night, her past is finally going to catch up with her and change everything.

Heartbreaking and uplifting, Me and You is a story about how hard it is to leave our old selves behind, the tough choices we sometimes have to make and how love and friendship can heal even the most damaged of hearts.

Review: this book has been sitting on my shelf since it was released and I've been desperately trying to get to it, I'm so glad that I finally did. I was hooked into this story right from the very first page. It is a dual narrative of sorts and in Angie's part of the story, her thoughts are written in a kind of diary style, with times and then what is going on in that time. I found this really compelling, diary style books always make me read faster! The other part of the narrative tells us what has happened to Her best friend Kitty in the past and also what is happening to her in the present. I sometimes struggle with books that jump around with times but I think that because this was already a dual narrative, I found it much easier to cope with.

I found myself drawn to the character of Angie right the way through the book, as if she was my best friend and not Kitty's. I have to admit that I didn't like Kitty very much at all in her past story or in the present time, I thought that the level of impulsiveness with which she did things was uncalled for and it just didn't sit right with me. kitty's boyfriend Simon is the main male character in this book, I had a bit of a mixed relationship with him, finding him strong and desirable at the beginning and end of the novel but really quite irritating in the middle section. So the jury is still out as far as he's concerned with me.

I thought the storyline was really interesting, something completely different. At some points it was a little to much mystery for me, and there was too much to find out, but there was enough action in the present, love stories and flashbacks to the last to balance it out, learning about Kitty's back story was really interesting but some parts were really quite graphic and therefore harrowing, I definitely skimmed over these bits, finding them a little too uncomfortable for me personally to read. 

I found this quite a quick read, I think because of all the flashbacks and the diary style writing. Although I finished it quite quickly, I still don't feel as if everything has been resolved and so therefore the ending, for me, was a little bit of a let down! Overall though, I thought this was a good pice of women's fictions and something slightly different from the norm that would definitely get people out of a reading slump or convince a reader that not all women's fiction is the same. Definitely a good book to end the summer with! 

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