You and Me and Us

Tomorrow is as much for you as it is for your dad and me. It’s about you and me and us. Our family.”

Thank you William Morrow publishing for gifting me a copy of YOU AND ME AND US by Allison Hammer.

“Alexis Gold knows how to put the “work” in working mom. It’s the “mom” part that she’s been struggling with lately. Since opening her own advertising agency three years ago, Alexis has all but given up on finding a good work/life balance. Instead, she’s handed over the household reins to her supportive, loving partner, Tommy. While he’s quick to say they divide and conquer, Alexis knows that Tommy does most of the heavy lifting—especially when it comes to their teenage daughter, CeCe.

Their world changes in an instant when Tommy receives a terminal cancer diagnosis and Alexis realizes everything she’s worked relentlessly for doesn’t matter without him. So Alexis does what Tommy has done for her almost every day since they were twelve-year-old kids in Destin, Florida—she puts him first. And when the only thing Tommy wants is to spend one last summer together at “their” beach, she puts her career on hold to make it happen…even if it means putting her family within striking distance of Tommy’s ex, an actress CeCe idolizes.

But Alexis and Tommy aren’t the only ones whose lives have been turned inside out. In addition to dealing with the normal ups and downs that come with being a teenager, CeCe is also forced to confront her feelings about Tommy’s illness—and what will happen when the one person who’s always been there for her is gone. When the magic of first love brings a bright spot to her summer, CeCe is determined not to let her mother ruin that for her, too.

As CeCe’s behavior becomes more rebellious, Alexis realizes the only thing harder for her than losing Tommy will be convincing CeCe to give her one more chance. “

When I set out to pick my next book, I knew I wanted a book that had some feelings in it. What I was not prepared for, was to pick up a book that had ALL of the feelings. I’m not kidding, when you do sit down to read this book (and I recommend that you do), I think it’s imperative to have a box of tissues readily available. I should have known from the synopsis that it would be a heart-wrenching book but it hit me so much harder than I anticipated.

If you have ever lost someone to cancer, you may want to take a moment before reading YOU AND ME AND US to consider if this is the right time for you. Alison Hammer wrote with all of the emotions that follow a cancer diagnosis that, at times, it was difficult to read. I had to take a few moments while reading to collect myself – the story hit me hard.
My heart broke for Alexis and CeCe but it completely shattered at one point when the reader was given a glimpse into Tommy’s perspective. The entire book is a beautiful tribute to what so many families have had to endure.

Thank you, Alison Hammer, for writing such a beautiful and poignant reflection on all of the ways that cancer can impact a family. And, thank you, William Morrow, for the opportunity to read this book.

YOU AND ME AND US was published on April 7, 2020, and is available to order now.

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