Title: Two Like Me and You
Author: Chad Alan Gibbs
Publication date: May 20th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: E-galley from Xpresso Tours which did not influence my opinion.
My Rating: 5 stars
Edwin Green’s ex-girlfriend is famous. We’re talking cover-of-every-tabloid-in-the-grocery-store-line famous. She dumped Edwin one year ago on what he refers to as Black Saturday, and in hopes of winning her back, he’s spent the last twelve months trying to become famous himself. It hasn’t gone well.
But when a history class assignment pairs Edwin with Parker Haddaway, the mysterious new girl at school, she introduces him to Garland Lenox, a nursing-home-bound World War II veteran who will change Edwin’s life forever.
The three escape to France, in search of the old man’s long-lost love, and as word of their adventure spreads, they become media darlings. But when things fall apart, they also become the focus of French authorities. In a race against time, who will find love, and who will only find more heartache?
Oh my gosh, this book had me laughing constantly! From the hilarious one-line predictions for each chapter at the beginning of each chapter to the witty comments from both the elderly Garland Lenox as well as the snarky new girl, Parker Haddaway. Like chapter 60: "In which everyone's favorite bureaucratic asshat returns." Or chapter 53: "In which Garland Lenox tries to singlehandedly undo decades of Franco-American relations". Of course it begins earlier on with one like this in chapter 11, "In which our hero boasts of his excessive cautiousness, despite evidence to the contrary." It's a road trip on steroids, with the police after this World War II veteran and the two teens who may or may not have kidnapped him according to his lawyer, a lawyer that Garland claims put him in a nursing home without his permission. The romance that got them all started on the trip though is just really sweet, and the perfect story to go along with their own trip. I love when Edwin finally gets his chance to grab his ex-girlfriend Sadie's attention. I love how he handles it, and what she's done that makes it even better!
The humor in this story reminded me a lot of how much I enjoyed reading Denton Little's Death Date. I pretty much laughed almost all the way through this one. Even the emotional parts had perfect humor to release the tension. Oh yeah, the main character, Edwin, says the sorting hat would send him to Hufflepuff, which is my house, so that won me over to him right away!