Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and A. S. King's Still Life with Tornado, this story of parallel time lines cleverly explores how our choices can change and shape us--as well as the ways in which choices don't change the core of our being at all.
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?
With musings on fate, religion, parallel universes, and the best way to eat a cinnamon roll, Me Myself & Him examines how what we consider to be true is really just one part of the much (much) bigger picture.
"Wildly ingenious,...altogether, the novel's a winner in this and any other universe."-Booklist, Starred Review
"Tebbetts creates entertaining dual narratives...[and] enjoyable Easter eggs."-Publishers Weekly
"An engaging story that examines love, relationships, and the different paths one's life can take...[perfect] for fans of Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli's What if It's Us, Bill Konigsberg's The Music of What Happens, and Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything."--SLJ
Chris Schweitzer's ideal Green River, Ohio, summer looked very different from the one that he's living. It definitely didn't involve being busted for doing whippits in the alley behind work and then shipped off to California to work under his genius physicist dad, who left the family years earlier. That he's made to go to drug counseling every week and torn from his two best friends in their last summer before college feels to Chris like extra helpings of unfair. But what if Chris hadn't been forced to leave his summer plans behind? Told in alternating chapters, one story follows Chris west, while the other follows an alternate timeline detailing what would have happened had he not been caught. Tebbetts creates entertaining dual narratives, but the ambitious genre meld fantasy, sci-fi, religious, and coming-of-age story falls short in delivering a coherent plot and leaves too many threads dangling. The hidden parallels linking each alternate-reality story, though, create enjoyable Easter eggs that sci-fi fans may enjoy. Ages 14 up.