Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter

ME is Evelyn Jones, 16, a valedictorian hopeful who’s been playing bad girl to piss off THEM, her cold, distant parents. HIM is Todd, Evelyn’s secret un-boyfriend, who she thought she was just using for sex – until she accidentally fell in love with him. But before Evelyn gets a chance to tell Todd how she feels, something much more important comes up. IT. IT is a fetus. Evelyn is pregnant – and when Todd turns his back on her, Evelyn has no idea who to turn to. Can a cheating father, a stiff, cold mother, a pissed-off BFF, and a (thankfully!) loving aunt with adopted girls of her own help Evelyn make the heart-wrenching decisions that follow?

–back cover of Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter

Content warning: I am not entirely sure how this book ended up being able to be called YA. The sexual content is high and at times a bit graphic in the first half of the book.

That being said, I was excited to read this book. It seemed different, but during the first half I was tempted to put it down. I didn’t like how Evelyn was with Mary. I didn’t like hers and Todd’s relationship. I didn’t like how her whole purpose in life was to make her parents angry. It seemed like a lot of the same things happening over and over. She goes to see Mary, gets together with Todd, things are tense with her parents, over and over and over again. It did not take me long to tire of this.

About halfway through the book things picked up a bit, and at this point I was able to finish the book in about a day. Things were getting a bit more interesting but still, nothing really interesting seemed to happen in the book. So, that was a bit disappointing. Even by the end it seemed that most of the plot was Evelyn whining and being indecisive.

As for the characters…there were very few that I actually liked. Evelyn herself was a very unlikeable character. She seemed to whine nonstop and refused to even really consider making a decision for herself. Plus, a lot of the time, she was unfriendly and bordered on mean. I’m not sure what was up with her, but she was not at all relatable and most of the book I couldn’t care less about what happened to her. Her parents were absolutely the worst fictional parents that I have ever read about…in the first half of the book. During the second part I at least liked them more than Evelyn. Todd was also very unlikeable. Not only did he and Evelyn use each other but Todd was not willing to take a stand when consequences came. I liked Evelyn’s aunt, and towards the end of the book her wife. When her wife was first introduced it seemed like she was so cold it wasn’t possible for someone like that to actually exist, but she became much more likeable towards the end.

Plot and characters aside, Carter’s writing voice was pretty good. It was good enough that I could see a book with different plot and characters being pretty good actually.

I also liked the regret showed in the end of the book, but I felt like the ending itself was very unrealistic.

I give this book two out of five stars.