Two Like Me and You
We're talking cover-of-every-tabloid-in-the-grocery-store-line famous. She dumped Edwin one year ago on what he refers to as Black Saturday, and in hopes of winning her back, he's spent the last twelve months trying to become famous himself. It hasn't gone well.
But when a history class assignment pairs Edwin with Parker Haddaway, the mysterious new girl at school, she introduces him to Garland Lenox, the nursing-home-bound World War II veteran who will change Edwin's life forever.
The three escape to France, in search of the old man's long-lost love, and as word of their hilarious adventure spreads, they become media darlings. But when things fall apart, they also become the focus of French authorities. In a race against time, who will find love, and who will only find more heartache?
Edwin gets dumped and is having a hard time getting over his ex, but when he’s partnered in class with the new girl, Parker, they end up setting off on a wild adventure to France to reunite their elderly friend Garland with his long-lost love. I was immediately smitten with both Edwin and Parker, as their friendship blossomed in the sweetest of ways. Add a heartsick geriatric to the mix, and you end up with a buddy adventure you weren’t expecting.
In the interest of full disclosure, there were definitely hijinks and calamity throughout the book that were a bit hard to swallow, starting with a nursing home allowing two teens to take one of their patients on a trip across the Atlantic, but if you allow yourself to suspend reality for just a bit (and honestly, isn’t that exactly what reading’s all about?) you’ll find yourself cheering for this surprising trio all the way to the end.
The pace of the book is brisk, but there’s still plenty of time for each of the characters to grow within their own arcs and discover what their collective journey has to teach them. What I loved most about this book was the way Gibbs allowed each of his characters to grow in ways that were completely natural. All three learned as much about themselves as they did one another, leading to a most satisfying conclusion, full of so much hope.
Highly recommend to fans of heartwarming YA contemporary.