The Myth of Me & You. Finished 3-26-18, 4.25/5 stars, fiction, 312 pages, pub. 2005
The Myth of You and Me captures the intensity of a friendship as well as the real sense of loss that lingers after the end of one. Searingly honest and beautiful, it is a celebration and portrait of a friendship that will appeal to anyone who still feels the absence of that first true friend. from Goodreads
Sonia shrugs. “You know. She’s not that quirky. She likes mainstream movies. Romance. Action-adventure. She’s not into inner turmoil. She’s one of the most practical people I’ve ever met. It’s like, life is a job. She’s a realist.”
For some reason I felt slightly affronted. I say, “I’m a realist.”
Sonia laughs. “You’re not a realist,” she says. “You’re a dreamer who doesn’t believe in the dream.” Chapter 17
There’s nothing quite like those first real friendships when you’re young. Everything is new as you discover the way the world works together, or maybe you don’t quite figure it out but you try and it’s okay because you’ve got each other. Cameron and Sonia were each other’s touchstone from the time they met when they were 14. Through high school and college the two, seeming opposites, stuck together even though they both loved the same boy. What could possibly tear them apart? Fast forward a few years and they are living completely different lives, in different states without a word between them until Cameron receives a letter from Sonia and her boss comes up with a plan to reconnect the two.
I loved this book. Cameron was a bit of a tough nut to crack and as the protagonist in a first person story her distance became the lens from which you saw everything, past and present. Cameron’s journey to find Sonia was filled with many moments that seemed unrealistic, but as a whole it was satisfying. I was rooting for them and for a happy ending for Cameron, which I feared couldn’t happen because I wasn’t sure that she wanted to be happy.
I met the author at a book talk at my library back in 2011. I loved the book she was on tour for, so I’m not sure why I waited so long to read this one. Husband and Wife really spoke to me as a new mother and this one left me missing my childhood friends and wanting to reach out to them.
I just love this cover, don’t you?
9 thoughts on “The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart”
I love that cover too. It sounds like I need to read this author!
She speaks to me 🙂 I’ve got three more to read.
I haven’t read her, but it sounds like storylines that I would enjoy.
I think I read this book. It was before blogging, so I have to dig out my hard copy of books read.
I wish I hadn’t waited so long to read her again!
I’ve never read this author. That’s a great cover!
I think you might like this one!
I read one of her previous novels and really liked it. Adding this to my list!
I don’t think I liked it quite as well as the first, but I do love her writing.