Two Like Me and You

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 28 Jun 2019

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You know what? This book really surprised me. I went into it kind of “meh” based on the description of the plot (which, amusingly enough, is a tongue-in-cheek joke made at one point in the book when one of the characters briefly restates what’s going on and the other character responds “Sounds like the plot of a book I wouldn’t read.” I genuinely laughed out loud at that.) So, yeah, my expectations were not all that high going into this book. Boy was I pleasantly surprised!

I loved EVERYTHING about this book. I’ve read some real misses this year, so this was an incredibly welcome surprise. Witty, smart, heart-wrenching, and laugh-out-loud - this book has everything. The writing was just amazing, and the characters were all so likable. Especially Garland. He’s the grandfather we all wish we had.

I can’t sing this book’s praises enough. It’s been awhile since I read such an enjoyable book - one that made me laugh, hope, and cry all at the same time. 5 very enthusiastic stars on this one!

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I'm somewhat torn between giving this a 3 star and a 4 star because even though I did enjoy the book, I found it a bit too unrealistic. Like, way too much, at least for me 🙈 

The story basically revolves around Edwin Green, who embarks on a journey through France, helping Parker get a new life and Garland find his long lost love. Which seemed very very unlikely to me, and very suspicious. Like, Edwin didn't even know the two of them any well but was all down to help them and break law. Edwin, I know, could be easily convinced. At times, his inner monologue listing things out often just annoyed me. A lot. 

I truly felt bad for Edwin because I could relate to his not-breaking-rules persona and also his pain of getting dumped. He was lovely and his worries kept me entertained throughout. 

Parker was just - okay. I did not hate her, neither did I love her. I found her very bossy and couldn't connect to her arc. 

Garland, on the other hand, I totally disliked him. Don't get me wrong, but I just did not like his character arc at all. He was stupid and silly and just too reckless. Now, I too like and adore reckless characters, but he continuously kept making Edwin uncomfortable. I found him plain rude and unlikable. 

I loved the historic premise of the story and the whole setting of Paris. It was vivid and beautiful. The story overall was very entertaining, exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. I laughed and giggled, and it was full of bittersweet moments. I enjoyed the end more because it wasn't entirely happy but still happy. 

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good heartfelt contemporary with historic touches. 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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A little too derivative for my liking, but it was incredibly well written with likeable characters. I needed more of a new spin on the love sick, let’s win them back riff.
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Edwin is normally a cautious guy.
The day he meets Garland, that changed.

Edwin’s life hasn’t been the same since his girlfriend Sadie left him. She became famous by accident and left Edwin when a talent scout spotted her at 16.

This is a great journey.

Edwin’s class is assigned to interview someone around during WWII.
He gets paired up with the new girl at school, Parker 
Parker knows exactly who she wants to interview. His name is Garland, he’s at the nursing home where her aunt works.

When Edwin meets Garland, Garland offers him $50,000 to take him and Parker to Paris. Garland is trying to track down his true love.

Edwin’s first instinct is, of course, to say no. He’s only in high school, he knows he won’t actually be allowed to do it. He doesn’t want to agree to do something behind his parents’ backs.
But a few things appeal to Edwin right away:
1) If he became famous for helping Garland, he might get Sadie back 
2) his parents are worried about how to pay his college tuition
3) he is a romantic and he likes the idea of reuniting Garland with his lost love

What follows is an epic journey. The characters are likable and colorful. 
I really enjoyed it.

I got to read an early copy of this book from NetGalley. Thanks!
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I got to say this book is unlike what you see just from the synopsis or title. It's totally unexpectedly good and fun to read. Edwin and Parker were assigned to pair up for an school assignment and Parker introduces Garland who is a World War II veteran (someone they need to interview for their assignment). The adventure begin when 3 of them set to France to look for Garland's long lost love.
I enjoy the adventure in the story although the immaturity in Edwin who can't get over his ex can be a little annoying at some point. Overall, it is a fun and wild adventure that tackles the issues of growing up and hanging onto long lost love. This book made me laugh and tugged on my heart strings. 

I received an ARC through Victory Editing NetGalley Co-Opfor an honest review.
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I don't know what I was expecting when I first started reading Two Like Me and You. However, whatever I expected? This book exceeded those expectations. By far.
I was offered an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are strictly my own.

The story
Edwin Green's ex-girlfriend is famous. We're talking cover-of-every-tabloid-in-the-grocery-store-line famous. She dumped Edwin one year ago on what he refers to as Black Saturday, and in hopes of winning her back, he's spent the last twelve months trying to become famous himself. It hasn't gone well.

But when a history class assignment pairs Edwin with Parker Haddaway, the mysterious new girl at school, she introduces him to Garland Lenox, a nursing-home-bound World War II veteran who will change Edwin's life forever.

The three escape to France, in search of the old man's long-lost love, and as word of their adventure spreads, they become media darlings. But when things fall apart, they also become the focus of French authorities. In a race against time, who will find love, and who will only find more heartache?

The opinion
This story really has it all. There's romance, there's history, there's a chase for something possibly impossible that's just crazy enough to be plausble. And throughout all of that, there's an author who manages to get it just right every single time.

I mean, where do I begin, really? The slightly over the top-ness of just about everything that Garland says? The mystery that is Parker Haddaway, and the perfect pace with which the author manages to unveil just why and how she is the way she is? Or the melancholy, the acknowledgment of "why am I doing this" mixed with a heaping helping of "what am I even doing?" crossing through Edwin's mind for just about the entirety of his narration.

As Edwin, Parker and Garland make their way through France, there's a slow reveil of what exactly brought all three of them there. The culmination of that, which felt both so tragic and sad, but also so utterly perfect for each of these characters? The way the ending is hinted at-but-not-quite even from the first page. The way everything that happens seems just a little mad a bit insane... Yet I was so willing to go along in it, so rooting for them to find what they were looking for... That's the signs of a great author for me.

The rating: 5/5
I don' give 5 stars easily. I really don't - I almost have to feel that a book changed me, or my perspective. But Two Like Me and you definitely did that - and it left me sitting there, just staring in front of me, and wishing to experience that entire thing again. I absolutely loved it!

-Saar
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This was so sweet and some of it is set in France and we all know I love a good France book. Does he become famous or not? Lick this up to find out!!
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Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book. I was laughing out loud so many times during this book. It kept my attention and I couldn’t help but root for the hero, Edwin Green.
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I really enjoyed this book; cute characters, great story and fantastic pacing. A great YA book that can be fully appreciated by adults alike. One of my favourite books so far this year. Well deserved 5 stars.
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I didn’t like this book at the beginning but it got better as I worked my way through it. It was a nice story about love and new relationships. The characters were well developed and I felt they were friends by the end of the book.
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This was a delightful read. Part young adult, part historical fiction, I found the book to be funny, warm and adventurous. I really enjoyed all the characters but I especially liked hearing it narrated by Edwin. Soeaking as the mother of two teenage boys I thought Gibbs did a great job of capturing an authentic voice. I found the story to be original and fun, I finished it in just a few sittings because I was excited to see what would happen.
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A good story.  At times it was crazy unrealistic, but it was different from most other books I've read.
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*I received an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This book was hilariously funny, cute, and entertaining I enjoyed every last minute of it. The MC is Edwin Green who is John Green type of character if you get what I mean. There is nothing really extraordinary about him except his famous ex-girlfriend who he’s obsessed with and makes him want to become famous, so he can attract her attention. This leads him on a crazy journey with Parker the odd new girl at school and old age pension Garland these unlikely characters have an exciting adventure that keeps the reader captivated and unable to put the book down. It is really difficult to review this book without spoiling it. So, I strongly recommend if you’re a fan of quirky characters and adventures and  I bet you never come across a character like Garland Lennox before.
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I'm going to be honest, this story is nice but didn't grip me. I got frustrated about three chapters in and totally lost hope. It's more of a telling than showing kind of story, and that usually drags stories in my opinion especially if not done well.
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Rating: 3/5
Source: ARC from Netgalley for review
Date finished: 16 June
Pages: 298
Publication date: 

Summary: 
A teenage boy breaks an old man with dementia out of his nursing home and smuggles him to France in search of the man's long-lost liver, and in hopes of getting famous to convince his famous girlfriend to get back with him.

Negatives: 

I found this book difficult to get into - it was one of those books where I read a few pages, then put it down for weeks, then once I picked it up again when I'd nothing to do in a bus read the rest in two days. 

The narrator is a perv - are teenage boys just like that? He keeps talking about ogling random girls, and his goal is fairly creepy in general. He was also very reactive, which honestly was fine as a reader but I hear you're not supposed to do that. 

Finally, I didn't find the ending satisfying. There was something in there that I'm pretty sure was supposed to be some grand metaphor but I'm afraid I did not get it. 

Positives:

Once I got into the story, it was a fun adventure, a romp through France with lots of nice little details. It was also solidly funny, and the relationships in it were pretty heart-warming and wholesome, especially the protagonist's relationship with his best friend - a heartfelt male friendship! Amazing! 

While Parker (the girl who drags him into this adventure) was kind of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, she had her own problems and her own goals in life, which I liked. 

In summary: If you can stick with it through the first few pages, a fun and pretty wholesome story.  It wasn't one of those books that stick with me or make me strongly identify with the characters or feel very deep, but it was an enjoyable read.
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Two Like Me and You by Chad Alan Gibbs is a very entertaining book, which I really enjoyed.  Edwin is a teenager who is upset his ex girlfriend dumped him, and now she is famous.  Edwin and Parker, a mysterious new girl at school become friends.  For a school project, Parker introduces Edwin to Garland a world war II veteran.  One thing leads to another, and the three of them are headed to France.  What a fun and crazy adventure.  If you are looking for the perfect escape or a summer read, I highly recommend this book.  I will be reading more books by this author.  

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you.
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What a fun summer read 'Two Like Me and You' turned out to be!

Edwin Green, the most cautious teenager in the world, has been pining for his famous ex-girlfriend Sadie for a year now. So when a ninety-year-old World War II veteran Garland  and Edwin's newish classmate Parker who might or might not be an undercover cop hatch a plan to bust Garland out of his nursing home and take him to France to find his long lost love, Edwin is not thrilled. But what if this crazy escapade made Edwin famous and won Sadie back?

If you are a fan of road-trip novels, definitely check this one out. It's cute, it's hilarious, it's heartfelt, it makes you laugh but also shed a tear. Or two. The characters are very likable and their stories tug at your heartstrings.

I also liked those little summaries at the beginning of each chapter which were funny in themselves.

Perfect for John Green fans.
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I didn’t know this book would make me laugh so much! It was light and funny and full of adventures and stories, I have a hard time believing it’s a debut. This book is a refreshing new voice in YA literature, is filled with humor and charismatic characters that’d make you root for them till the end. Also, finally, finally there’s a YA book by a male author featuring a male protagonist that’s not John Green or Patrick Ness. Yay!

Two Like Me and You might mislead you with its cover and title, because this book isn’t exclusively about romance. It’s about two high school kids and an old man. Edwin Green is fed up of people at school asking him about his ex-girlfriend Sadie Evans, who is now a highly popular Hollywood star. When Parker Haddaway, the mysterious new girl at school offers to help him gain fame and his girlfriend back, Edwin is cautious and hesitates, but finally relents. Together, in pretense of a history assignment, they break out Garland Lenox, a World-War II veteran, from his nursing home and the three of them fly to Paris in search of Garland’s long lost love.

At first, I got the cliché mysterious-new-girl-at-school-and-the-boy-protagonist vibes, but soon the story took a round-about turn. Ever since Garland’s character made the entry, there was no turning back. He’s hilarious, and Parker and Edwin are no less. The characters have amazing chemistry and are well-developed. I loved all the descriptions about Paris and the way the author incorporated stories from World War II. Never would I have thought history could be this hilariously told. Chad’s writing is definitely one of the best things about this book – he has a distinctive humorous tone. While at first the brief one line summary at the top of each chapter felt like they’d spoil the fun, I later found myself actually looking forward to them. It’s a unique idea and it worked. 

All in all, I loved how this book is different from the other YA books, especially that ending. I’m so happy it ended the way it did. It also has a slight hinting at a sequel, and if it comes, I’d be first in queue to read it!
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Edwin's ex-girlfriend Sadie is famous. Like, really famous. So when new girl Parker Haddaway enlists Edwin on a cross-Atlantic mission, Edwin agrees in the hope that it might catch the attention of Sadie. Add a 90 year old WW2 veteran into the mix and chaos ensues.

This book had me gripped from the get go. Parker's mystery mixed with Edwin's desire for Sadie's attention makes for a gripping tale. I was drawn into Garland's story and loved hearing his tales from the war.
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Thank you NetGalley and Borne Back Books for an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book.  This book was not what I expected.  This a coming-of-age, coming to terms with the end of your life adventure story.  This book centers around 3 characters, 2 teenagers and 1 ninety-year old man with dementia who wants to escape his nursing home to go to Paris to find a lost love.  What ensues is so much fun, this was a very meaningful book and thoroughly enjoyable.  What a pleasant surprise.
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