Book Review – You Me Everything

You Me Everything tells the story of Jess and her 10-year-old son, William, and their summer vacation in France at William’s dad’s hotel. In an attempt to strengthen the bond between father and son, Jess agrees to spend the summer in the vicinity of Adam, her ex-boyfriend to give her son the father he’s yet to have and needs.

Amidst their vacation runs summer flings, dredged up pasts and secrets. Can Adam be the father William needs? Will the truth about the past be revealed? And can the secrets of the future change fate? It’s cute. It’s funny. It’s heart-wrenching.

So I was new to Goodreads only like 18 months ago and therefore like five years late to that party. However, I was there in time to catch wind of this book when it was first coming out. I added it to my “to read” list and later found it for $2 at a library used book sale. Steal!

Book 47:
You Me Everything
by Catherine Isaac

Genre:
Chick Lit, Contemporary

Published:
May 2018

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, You Me Everything tells the story of Jess and her 10-year-old son, William, and their summer vacation in France at William’s dad’s hotel. In an attempt to strengthen the bond between father and son, Jess agrees to spend the summer in the vicinity of Adam, her ex-boyfriend to give her son the father he’s yet to have and needs.

Amidst their vacation runs summer flings, dredged up pasts and secrets. Can Adam be the father William needs? Will the truth about the past be revealed? And can the secrets of the future change fate? It’s cute. It’s funny. It’s heart-wrenching.

Favorite Quote(s):

“Whatever life might through at me, right now, there’s this – I’m alive.”

– Catherine Isaac, You Me Everything

Awards (based upon my brief research):
None yet.

Pages:
368

My Overall Rating:
4 – I’ve been thirsty for a great novel – something fun yet meaningful – and this one made a great run at satisfying that thirst. Is it chick lit? Yes, I suppose it is, but it was so much deeper than summer romances, rekindled love and French vacations. It tapped into life’s big questions while making me laugh and cry and turn page after page needing to know more.

If I didn’t have two kids at home, I could have sat down and read this start to finish in two days. It was an easy read due to writing style, and a page-turner due to content. There were very few parts that I could have done without – parts that were too cutesy or useless information – yet those few are keeping me from my fifth star. As a whole, solid. Much more solid than I even thought it was going to be. I would put it on a similar level to Ask Again, Yes, but maybe more for girls than the latter.

Book Review – The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is the story of a single mom of two who finally catches a break when her ex-husband returns for a summer with the kids. Off to New York City for a convention, Amy reconnects with an old friend, meets new people, lets loose and learns a lot about herself and what she wants in life.

So, I had a baby, hence the Kindle purchase, because I am now a middle of the night reader in addition to a day time reader, because who needs sleep? One of the most exciting things I’ve found since being a Kindle owner/user is Amazon’s daily deals for e-Books. I pretty much check them every day. And then as a Prime member, I will choose no-rush shipping to get my digital rewards, and between my rewards and the daily deals, I’m getting free e-Books!

Book 41:
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
by Kelly Harms

Genre:
Chick Lit, Contemporary

Published:
May 2019

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is the story of a single mom of two who finally catches a break when her ex-husband returns for a summer with the kids. Off to New York City for a convention, Amy reconnects with an old friend, meets new people, lets loose and learns a lot about herself and what she wants in life.

Favorite Quote(s):

“Some people have to practice forgiveness and will never be naturals. They’ll either do the work and get awesome at it but always have to think it over—or never do the work and die with a sack of hurts the size of an elephant.”

– Kelly Harms, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

Awards (based upon my brief research):
None yet.

Pages:
328

My Overall Rating:
3.5 – Sure, I was half asleep while reading most of this book, but I also found myself continuing to read at 2:00/3:00 in the morning even after my kiddo was done eating, so… the book was good. However, had I sat down and read this during the day, I think I would have found that I didn’t love, love, love it. It was perfect for a pick-it-up-and-read-a-bit situation. It’s light-hearted. The story flowed easily. But mostly, I thought the story was really cute – a feel good read with likable characters the author sets you up to love. Cute doesn’t make me love a book, but sometimes cute is good, too.