[Review] Me and Me

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Title: Me and Me
Author: Alice Kuipers
Genre: Young Adult
Published: April 11, 2017
Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

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It’s Lark’s seventeenth birthday, and although she’s hated to be reminded of the day ever since her mom’s death three years ago, it’s off to a great start. Lark has written a killer song to perform with her band, the weather is stunning and she’s got a date with gorgeous Alec. The two take a canoe out on the lake, and everything is perfect—until Lark hears the screams. Annabelle, a little girl she used to babysit, is drowning in the nearby reeds while Annabelle’s mom tries desperately to reach her. Lark and Alec are closer, and they both dive in. But Alec hits his head on a rock in the water and begins to flail.

Alec and Annabelle are drowning. And Lark can save only one of them.

Lark chooses, and in that moment her world splits into two distinct lives. She must live with the consequences of both choices. As Lark finds herself going down more than one path, she has to decide: Which life is the right one?

Alice Kuipers, the award-winning author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You and Life on the Refrigerator Door, is an expert chronicler of the teenage heart, and she takes her work to new heights here. A riveting, high-concept novel with heart, Me and Me is about what it feels like to be torn in pieces, and about finally finding out who you really are.
Much like every book I choose to read, I requested this because of the summary. The first question I had to ask myself was if I was ready to go through a possible heartbreak because of a story about a girl that has to make an important, drastic decision that can be life-altering. Bringing in parallel lives helped in my decision to read it, for sure, and I was more than ready to dive into the book.

Lark isn't my type of character, however. She let Alec push her around and allowed her friends to step on her when she confided in them. When it was revealed to her that she was possibly living a parallel life, she took her time trying to figure out why. Instead, she wrapped herself up in Alec, deserted her friends, her band, and didn't even act like she was impacted by her initial decision. Having to choose in a moment like that will most definitely affect a person. I would have such a hard time with the guilt, but Lark continues like it doesn't make her feel bad. This makes it hard to like her. All of it does.

I have to admit, it was a bit hard to differentiate which life was being lived because of the way it was written. It's just chapters and the number of days. You apparently need to just read and figure it out yourself and I feel like that's not supposed to be my job as a reader.

The idea of the story is great. I mean, who doesn't want to get their heart ripped out by such a heart-wrenching decision that needs to be made? Unfortunately, I feel like it was poorly executed. In no way did I feel sympathy or empathy for Lark or the decision she made. The ending really bothered me. Sure, everyone loves a happy ending, but now it just makes the "heart-wrenching decision" null. There was no intense urgency, there was no emotion in the decision after that ending. What even was the point of it when everything works out in the end?? Talk about a let-down.

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