Review: Me, Myself, and Him
Title: Me, Myself, and Him
Author: Chris Tebbetts
Release Date: July 9th, 2019
When Chris Schweitzer takes a hit of whippets and passes out face first on the cement, his nose isn't the only thing that changes forever. Instead of staying home with his friends for the last summer after high school, he's shipped off to live with his famous physicist but royal jerk of a father to prove he can "play by the rules" before Dad will pay for college.
Or . . . not.
In an alternate time line, Chris's parents remain blissfully ignorant about the accident, and life at home goes back to normal--until it doesn't. A new spark between his two best (straight) friends quickly turns Chris into a (gay) third wheel, and even worse, the truth about the whippets incident starts to unravel. As his summer explodes into a million messy pieces, Chris wonders how else things might have gone. Is it possible to be jealous of another version of yourself in an alternate reality that doesn't even exist?
What I Liked
Chris is the typical stupid teenager doing stupid teenager things, but he's still very relatable--who among us hasn't done a stupid thing? The splits between Chris A and Chris B are done very well, although sometimes you can't really tell who is who when you start. I don't know if it was my e-book version, but it seemed like some chapters were in a larger or smaller font depending on who was the viewpoint character. I'm not sure if this is the case in the printed book, but if so, that's a cool way to tell the difference! Chris's relationship with his parents and other siblings are broad, and it's interesting to see the sometimes minor, sometimes major differences in how Chris interacts with them depending on which timeline he's in.
What I Would Have Liked to See
[SPOILER!] I was expecting Swift to be there in the alternate version of things, and I was kind of sad when he didn't show up. But at least Other Chris still got his happily ever after (at least for now)!
I was surprised (pleasantly!) at how my expectations were to like one Chris over the other, but things actually ended up being the opposite. And I love Swift! He's so great, as evidenced by his choice in donuts!
When Chris passes out after doing whippets, he splits into two separate versions of his own future: one where he's busted for the whippets, and one where he's not.
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. All thoughts are my own!