The Compulsive Reader: Her and Me and You by Lauren Strasnick

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Her and Me and You by Lauren Strasnick

Alex doesn't have a lot to be happy about: Her father had an affair that dissolved her parents' marriage and forced her to move to a completely new town with her mother, who can barely get out of bed. She's far away from her best friend, and the distance is causing them to fight. She doesn't make any new friends...until she meets Fred and his enigmatic twin sister Adina. Alex likes Fred and is drawn to him and his peculiar life with Adina, despite the warnings from almost everyone around her to stay away. She has to know them…

Her and Me and You is a very absorbing book, and Lauren Strasnick's style is both entrancing and slightly unsettling. Her short, yet extremely effective, prose is attention-grabbing and probing, and has an even balance between being descriptive and concise and to the point. There are a lot of parallels between Alex's relationship with the twins, the many relationships between various secondary characters, and her parents that won't go unnoticed, all of which illustrate an interesting message about romance and the nature of love. Fred and Adina are very interesting characters; eccentric, puzzling, yet they have a certain vulnerability that will intrigue the reader as much as it does Alex. While Strasnick's book may be one that some readers may leave feeling a little confused, it is a unique one that will have you musing after the final page.

Cover Comments: I really like the colors and the depth of this cover...my only issue is: does anyone actually carry an umbrella when it's snowing?

ARC provided by publisher.

Lauren Strasnick is also the author Nothing Like You.


Mariana S said...

Looks really good, I wanted to read it since I saw it. Great Review.


Jessica Lawlor said...

Ah, I am SO excited for this one! I love love love the cover.

Megan said...

This sounds really good. The cover is awesome, though it's true that you don't see all that many people carrying an umbrella in the snow. That said, I know that I (and a lot of other people, actually) was definitely carrying one last year when I was in NYC before Christmas. It was really wet snow and I was glad to have the umbrella! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I'm sort of intrigued by this book. :) And I love the cover, so... wintery!

Midnight Bloom said...

I've been hearing a lot of mixed reviews about this book which kind of makes me wary to buy it. In any case, if I do choose to buy it, I'll wait for the paperback!

I really do like this cover! Every time I see it, I take a second to admire it, lol. :)

Anonymous said...

I read Nothing Like You by this author and really enjoyed it. I think you describe Lauren Strasnick's writing style perfectly. Can't wait to read this one. :)

Anonymous said...

*LOVED* this book!!! LOVE. Yes it's not like a lot of other books but that's a good thing, a fresh read! Also the picture has an umbrella not because it's a real candid photo but because it's artistic. Makes you think =)