“You and Me and Us” by Alison Hammer
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You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer
You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer
“You and Me and Us is a beautiful book. It will make you become a part of this family’s circle, rooting for them, feeling their pain, and aching for them. You will want to give advice, and a hug, and whisper “be nice to your mom” to CeCe. You will feel their pain. You will cry. And, then, you will feel hope, and in that hope, there is a chance.”-Green Gables Book Reviews
Tommy and Alexis are in love. They have been a part of each other’s lives for nearly as long as they can remember.
But, things happen in life, and Tommy married Monica. The time they were apart isn’t a time they talk about. Tommy and Monica’s marriage ended badly. Monica made a selfish choice, and it wasn’t repairable-or forgivable. A do-over was not possible. But, because of Monica’s bad choice, Tommy and Alexis met again, by chance, in Destin, FL, where they knew each other from before. And, now they are Tommy, Alexis, and CeCe.
Life is good! They have a good routine. Except, teenager CeCe barely speaks to her mom. When she does, it is sarcastic and rude. She even goes as far as telling Tommy she wishes he and her mom would get a divorce. But, they’ve never gotten married. Tommy has asked her to marry him many times, but Alexis had a poor example of marriage growing up and doesn’t want any part of it.
Part of why CeCe is upset with her mom is because her mom is never there for her. She misses events, is late for them, or is more worried about what she’s missing on her cell phone than what CeCe is doing. CeCe knows she can count on her dad always. He never has, and she knows, will never let her down, but work is more important to her mom.
Tommy puts his family first. He hopes he can change this rift between Alexis and CeCe. It’s more important to him now than ever before.
Alexis and CeCe are both concerned about the deep cough Tommy has developed. Alexis encourages him to go to the doctor; he must need an antibiotic.
Tommy has cancer. It’s too advanced, and he doesn’t want to fight it. He wants to spend his last summer in Destin, with Alexis and CeCe. Alexis is reluctant because she knows Tommy’s ex-wife, Monica, will be there, filming her new Netflix show. CeCe doesn’t know about Monica, and with as much as CeCe wants to be an actress, she doesn’t want her to know about any connection to Monica.
CeCe had plans for the summer, and now her dad has cancer? How can this be happening? They arrive in Destin, and Tommy has a puzzle, a long-standing tradition between him and CeCe in the summers at the beach, and he has a bucket list of things he wants to do before he dies. He knows there isn’t much time left for him, but he wants it to be here with the two people he loves the most.
You and Me and Us is a beautiful book. It will make you become a part of this family’s circle, rooting for them, feeling their pain, and aching for them. You will want to give advice, and a hug, and whisper “be nice to your mom” to CeCe. You will feel their pain. You will cry. And, then, you will feel hope, and in that hope, there is a chance.
You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer is absolutely a five-star book.
I hope you will read it.
I received a free copy of You and Me and Us to read and review. I appreciate that it was given to me!