Me & You by Claudia Carroll

31st March 2016

What the publisher says:

Heartbreaking and uplifting, Me and You is a story about how hard it is to leave our old selves behind, the tough choices we sometimes have to make and how love and friendship can heal the most damaged of hearts.

“I’m fine. I’m sorry. Please take care of him for me. And maybe one day I’ll get to explain.”

Angie knows a lot about her best friend Kitty. She knows Kitty is mad and wild and loves to wear clashing colours. She knows she’s incredibly funny and generous but also very unreliable. And she knows that there is a perfect explanation for Kitty standing her up on her birthday. She thinks she knows everything about Kitty, except she doesn’t.

Kitty knows that she is the happiest she has ever been. She knows she’s so lucky to have a lovely boyfriend, Simon and a best friend like Angie. But what she doesn’t know is that on this night, her past is finally going to catch up with her and change everything.

If you love Marian Keyes and Melissa Hill you’ll adore Claudia Carroll’s Me and You.

What I say:

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book as the writer is not one I am familiar with but the blurb on the back sounded promising so I thought I would give it a go.  The style of the book is at times diary style and at times something reminiscent of Marian Keyes with short, clipped sentences.

The story covers the disappearance of Kitty and how her friends deal with it.  Angie as the main character is the first to discover that Kitty has gone when she doesn’t arrange to meet her as planned.    At first they try to find her but as it becomes clear that Kitty does not want to be found and they move on with their lives until a sad event brings them all together again unexpectedly.

The reappearance of Kitty changes all their lives once more.

I found this book an easy read although it was a little frustrating to jump between the diary style and the flashbacks although I appreciate this was probably done to make it clear which was which.  On the whole the characters were likeable although Kitty’s boyfriend Simon was a bit of a wimp.

Rating 3 out of 5

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