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You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison. 275 p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July, 2015. 9780544301122.
Publisher synopsis: “Do not ignore a call from me when you know I am feeling neurotic about a boy. That is Best Friend 101.” —Nash
Maggie and Nash are outsiders. She’s overweight. He’s out of the closet. The best of friends, they have seen each other through thick and thin, but when Tom moves to town at the start of the school year, they have something unexpected in common: feelings for the same guy. This warm, witty novel—with a clear, true voice and a clever soundtrack of musical references—sings a song of love and forgiveness.
First Line: Let's get one thing straight from the very beginning: I am not one of those shrinking-violet fat girls.
Page 56: "Maybe," I say, and I want to, but I'm wondering how Nash will feel if Tom and I become hiking buddies.
We are a quarter mile from the trailhead, back on the flat of the valley floor, when I hear something big in the brush just east of the trail. "Stop!" I whisper to Tom and put my hand out.
I am loving the voice of this one already.