Tuesday, April 16, 2019

#ARCReview: You, Me, & Letting Go By Katie Kaleski

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You, Me, & Letting Go By Katie Kaleski
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release Date: May 14th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ 
A love so epic, no label is needed.

Van Sato’s got labels. Tourettes, ADHD, SPD - words that have defined his existence since the time he was old enough to know what they meant. Now, Van wants to prove he’s more than an acronym, a syndrome, a problem kid. He takes a summer job as a day camp counselor to prove he’s capable of independence and moving on to the next phase in his life. Maybe, he might even make a friend while there. Someone who’s got just as many or even more labels than him. Someone who understands what it’s like. 

Tabby Dubanowksi wants to forget about everything, the hospitalization, the judgment, the whispers behind her back. As a camp counselor, she will be admired, looked up to, and able to help people who don’t know anything about her old life. Tabby wants a fresh start and a chance to re-ignite her passion for film-making, if only for one summer.

After running away from their pasts, Van and Tabby collide in a storm cloud of attraction laced with self-doubt, insecurity, shame, and blame. Now, with Van feeling like he might have to quit his job, and Tabby struggling to quell the urge to cut, they will struggle to find themselves in a world designed to keep them apart.
If you are looking for a cute teen romance, than look no further than Katie Kaleski's You, Me, & Letting Go. I also want to point out that this book deals with a lot of issues that teens may face, so I also want to preface my review with some trigger warnings. Some of these include bullying, self-harm and eating disorders. They are discussed in a really healthy way about getting better, but I feel like I would be doing my reader's a disservice by not mentioning it up front.

I haven't read a lot of books with characters like Van who have Tourettes, ADHD or SPD, but I was really glad we saw some representation in a book for teens like this. It's interesting because while I was reading this, I happened to stumble upon a clip of the singer Billie Eilish talking about having Tourettes. Clearly a coincidence, but such a strange one to occur! I don't know enough about these conditions to say if Van's portrayal is a good representation, but as an outsider it felt genuine to me. I would love to hear from a reviewer who has these conditions to see if they are a good representation.

I could relate to Tabby a lot, mostly because I have a lot of scarring from mean middle school girls. Why are girls so awful to each other? Not to the extent that Tabby dealt with, but I think it's something a lot of young girls can relate to. In this book Tabby is just overcoming her issues and is fresh out of treatment, and she's still struggling to figure it all out. I was really glad to see she has a good supportive system with her mom and her best friend.

I felt like the pacing could have been a little better on this book. I felt like towards the end it dragged on a bit and there felt like unnecessary drama was added in. Look, I know it's a book for teens, but when Van and Tabby have some miscommunication and are fighting, I felt like it was so unnecessary. I get it, that I am not the target audience, so maybe the drama doesn't bother other readers.

In general this was a fun book to read, despite my issues with some of the relationship drama.

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*I received an eARC copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Many thanks to Swoon Reads for sending me an eARC for my honest review! Quotes are taken from an unfinished ARC and may not match final publication.
Happy Reads Everyone!

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