Me, Him, Them and It
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Author – Caela Carter
Pages – 320
Publisher – Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Expected Release Date – February 26th, 2013
When Evelyn decided to piss off her parents with a bad reputation, she wasn’t planning to ruin her valedictorian status. She also wasn’t planning to fall for Todd-the guy she was just using for sex. And she definitely wasn’t planning on getting pregnant. When Todd turns his back on her, Evelyn’s not sure where to go. Can a distant mother, a cheating father, an angry best friend, and a (thankfully) loving aunt with adopted daughters of her own help Evelyn make the heart-wrenching decisions that follow?
My Rating – 3 Stars
*I received an advanced digital copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Bloomsbury*
Evie is pregnant. Will she get an abortion? Will she keep it? Will she give it up for adoption? She doesn’t know. She changes her mind constantly. Her friend with benefits Todd tells her he supports whatever decision she makes but he can’t help her. He doesn’t know how. Evie can’t even tell her parents; they hate each other and ignore Evie. She doesn’t tell her best friend, which causes some serious friction later. She eventually moves to Chicago to live with her favorite aunt.
I am middle ground with this book. Evie is a total selfish brat through the whole book. I honestly couldn’t stand her up until the last few chapters. She’s a rich kid whose Dad cheated, left and came back. Her parents barely speak to each other, her mom is cold and stiff and her father continuously calls her “pumpkin” which she hates. Because of this, Evie decides to be “bad” which involves getting in trouble at school, doing drugs, drinking, having unprotected sex, except that she is super smart and still manages to keep her 3.9 GPA. In fact Evie is obsessed with being valedictorian. Which I find really unbelievable, a girl that’s as desperate to be valedictorian as she is wouldn’t willingly have unprotected sex multiple times just to piss of her parents.
She is a jerk to Todd, and it’s not really surprising when he tells her he can’t help her. Though he does email her just about every day when she moves. She lies to her best friend, and then gets upset when her friend gets mad. Evie isn’t even mature enough to say the word ‘pregnant’. She, at some points, refuses to acknowledge that she’s even pregnant, refuses to act responsible and take necessary actions. She has a social worker at Planned Parenthood tell her mother because she can’t say the words. After her parents do know, they are super supportive but she’s too angry at them to take their help.
Evie tells her parents that she doesn’t want anyone at her school to know, so they send her to her aunt’s house, where she spend the next few chapters whining about how her parents kicked her out. She blames the baby for all the things that have gone wrong.
I know divorce can be extremely rough on a kid and cause them to act out, mixed in with a teenage pregnancy; it can really make a girl act nuts. However Evie reminds me of the girls on Teen Mom who make stupid decisions and expect other people to clean up their messes. Evie has an amazing support system that tries and tries to help her and she whines about how alone she is and shuts them all out.
She does redeem herself, a bit, at the end but not by much. I guess this book has a good message that young girls should read but Evie also has a lot more options and help than the average pregnant teen. The book isn’t bad, the writing is very well done, and the other characters are great but Evie is just a bitch and I could not stand her, which really turned me off the book.