You and Me and Us
The heartbreaking, yet hopeful, story of a mother and daughter struggling to be a family without the one person who holds them together—a perfect summer read for fans of JoJo Moyes and Marisa de los Santos.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.  You and Me and Us is a beautifully written novel that examines the unexpected ways loss teaches us how to love.

You and Me and Us Details

TitleYou and Me and Us
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN-139780062934864
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction

You and Me and Us Review

  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes:Puppies. Rainbows. Kittens. Unicorns. Ice cream. I cycle through the list of things that should make me smile, just thinking about them. If I can fill my head with enough happy thoughts, maybe the sad ones will go away.Heres to cheating, lying, stealing and drinking, Tommy says, catching us all off guard. Tommy. I look over at Abigail and then back to him. Its okay, he says, before continuing, If youre going to cheat, cheat death. He turns slightly in his chair to face Jill. If Favorite Quotes:Puppies. Rainbows. Kittens. Unicorns. Ice cream. I cycle through the list of things that should make me smile, just thinking about them. If I can fill my head with enough happy thoughts, maybe the sad ones will go away.“Here’s to cheating, lying, stealing and drinking,” Tommy says, catching us all off guard. “Tommy.” I look over at Abigail and then back to him. “It’s okay,” he says, before continuing, “‘If you’re going to cheat, cheat death.’” He turns slightly in his chair to face Jill. “‘If you’re going to lie, lie for a friend.’” He turns back toward me, his eyes locking onto mine. “If you’re going to steal, steal a heart.” His gaze drifts over to Abigail, who meets his stare. “If you’re going to drink, drink with me.”Like a living page of the “stars are just like us” magazine spread, Monica Whistler is standing in front of me, a prescription bag in her hand. If there is any justice in the world, I hope it’s for herpes.I remember reading something once— if you have a boy, you only have to worry about one penis. If you have a girl, you have to worry about all the penises.The house feels like a museum, each room an exhibit, a memory of us.My Review:This poignantly written and well-crafted book hit all the feels and even managed to astound me with the realization that this was the author’s debut. Alison Hammer has found her niche as she writes with a deft hand. Her words were cleverly arranged and pack an emotive punch that managed to squeeze my cold heart, stung my eyes, and wedged hot rocks in my throat several times. She also put a smirk on my face and had me grinding my teeth and stamping my little foot in irritation with the obnoxious behaviors and selfishness of the mother and daughter characters until their “aha moments” slapped them briskly in their matching faces. And they were in dire need of such stunning alterations, and being stubborn, they required repeated applications to chisel away at their thoughtless rigidity and blossom into softer and more pleasantly humanized amalgamations of themselves. Although I initially had my doubts of their redeemability, I came to admire and even adore Ms. Hammer’s skill and agility with her characters’ development, which was beyond insightful and was richly perceptive and profoundly observant, with sensitive handling and thoughtful touches tucked in that added additional depth to the reading experience. This talented wordsmith is definitely one to watch and has been added to my list.
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  • TL
    January 1, 1970
    I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. ---I'm still processing this book. Cursing work too for being busy and making me too tired to focus on reading. This was a beautiful experience and journey to go on with these people. They felt so real, there was many times I wanted to walk into their house and give them a hug.I'm sucking at this haha, but I really don't know what to say except have tissues ready.Would highly recommend.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    This book had a good premise and it did hold my interest but I do wish this would have been more of an emotional read. I think the main problem is I didn't feel any connection to the main characters and so I missed out on what could have been a good tearjerker. This was a nice distraction though from everything going on in the real world so for that reason I am thankful I read it.Alexis Gold is always working and that means she sometimes misses out on important moments in her teenage daughter's This book had a good premise and it did hold my interest but I do wish this would have been more of an emotional read. I think the main problem is I didn't feel any connection to the main characters and so I missed out on what could have been a good tearjerker. This was a nice distraction though from everything going on in the real world so for that reason I am thankful I read it.Alexis Gold is always working and that means she sometimes misses out on important moments in her teenage daughter's life. Her husband, Tommy, is supportive of her career and maintains a good relationship with their daughter, CeCe. When Tommy receives a terminal cancer diagnosis he asks his wife and daughter to spend the summer with him in Destin, Florida. Alexis will have to figure out how to juggle her job while being there for Tommy just as he has always been there for her. Given Alexis and CeCe don't have the best mother-daughter relationship, knowing Tommy is the glue that holds their family together is making this situation even harder for them.The story alternates between the perspectives of Alexis and CeCe. Their relationship is just as much a part of the story as their individual relationships with Tommy. I've read many books over the years that explore mother-daughter dynamics and unfortunately I didn't find there to be anything special or memorable with this one. We all have characters we gravitate towards and while they kinda fell flat in my eyes, that doesn't mean that will be the case for every reader. At the very least this story is yet another reminder life can change in an instant so value the things that are truly important.I won a free copy of this book from the publisher and the LibraryThing Early Reviewer's program but was not obligated to post my review here. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Bradeigh Godfrey
    January 1, 1970
    If you like emotional, engaging, life-affirming stories that make you laugh and cry, you need to pick this one up!Alexis and Tommy are the kind of couple everyone wants to be: they support each other, tease each other, and love each other with their whole hearts. In order for Alexis to focus on running her own advertising agency, Tommy has taken over as the primary parent for their now-teenage daughter, Cece. And while there are frequent sparks between Cece and Alexisas often happens between If you like emotional, engaging, life-affirming stories that make you laugh and cry, you need to pick this one up!Alexis and Tommy are the kind of couple everyone wants to be: they support each other, tease each other, and love each other with their whole hearts. In order for Alexis to focus on running her own advertising agency, Tommy has taken over as the primary parent for their now-teenage daughter, Cece. And while there are frequent sparks between Cece and Alexis—as often happens between teenaged daughters and their mothers—Tommy is always there to smooth things over.But then Tommy gets sick. Sick enough that Alexis takes the summer off to spend together as a family at their favorite beach town, Destin, Florida. Alexis and Cece, for the first time, realize that they won’t always have him to bring them together. I adored this book! I felt like I knew every character, like I could feel the ocean area and taste the Arnold Palmers. Yes, this is a tear-jerker, but it’s also funny and wise and poignant. Anyone who has ever struggled to connect with someone they love, or has lost a loved one, will relate to this book. Highly recommended! Not one to miss. Out 4/7/20 in the US!(I received a copy from the author)
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    Im not sobbing, youre sobbing.Alexis knows she works too much and she has done so since she started her own ad firm a few years ago. Shes missed a lot of things like family dinners and school plays, but she knows Tommy, her supportive partner, will smooth everything over, especially with their teenage daughter CeCe, who is definitely at the stage of hating everything Alexis does or says. (She even hopes that the couple will split up so she can live with Tommy alone.)When Tommy is diagnosed with I’m not sobbing, you’re sobbing.Alexis knows she works too much and she has done so since she started her own ad firm a few years ago. She’s missed a lot of things like family dinners and school plays, but she knows Tommy, her supportive partner, will smooth everything over, especially with their teenage daughter CeCe, who is definitely at the stage of hating everything Alexis does or says. (She even hopes that the couple will split up so she can live with Tommy alone.)When Tommy is diagnosed with terminal cancer and chooses not to fight it, everything Alexis has depended on is thrown into disarray. He wants to spend his last summer at their beach house in Destin, Florida, where they first met as children, so despite her concerns about his ex-wife, a television actress, being in Destin at the same time they will be, she can’t deny him this wish.It’s not easy going from being the one taken care of to becoming the caretaker, especially when your daughter has such resentment for you. The worse Tommy’s condition gets, the more strained her relationship with CeCe gets, even though Alexis is (mostly) doing the best she can.As you can imagine, this is a tremendously poignant book but it’s not maudlin. It’s a book that is tremendously genuine in its depiction of grief, facing the loss of your true love or your parent, and how hard it is to see someone who was so vital become so physically ill.The one area I struggled with was CeCe. I understood her attitude toward Alexis, and know it’s probably accurate, but she was just so hurtful and mean sometimes I didn’t entirely enjoy reading scenes with her in them. Ultimately it got easier, but that was the sore spot for me in this book.To be honest, it might not have been the best idea to read this book as the sixth anniversary of my dad’s death approaches, but I was really captivated by the beauty of the emotions Allison Hammer captured. Sure, my eyes were red afterward, but reading You and Me and Us was worth the emotional trauma.Thanks to William Morrow Books for the Bookstagram giveaway through which I won a copy of this book!Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Nursebookie
    January 1, 1970
    You and Me and Us is a heartrending story that made my cry, smile that left me hopeful and feeling gratified. This is a story of a family that went through what I can only describe as kintsukuroi or kintsugi, which is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery and mending the break with gold or silver, not hiding the cracks, where once repaired becomes an even more beautiful than the original unbroken piece. The story is centered on Alexis, Tommy and their teen daughter, Cece. Alexis owns a You and Me and Us is a heartrending story that made my cry, smile that left me hopeful and feeling gratified. This is a story of a family that went through what I can only describe as ‘kintsukuroi’ or kintsugi, which is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery and mending the break with gold or silver, not hiding the cracks, where once repaired becomes an even more beautiful than the original unbroken piece. The story is centered on Alexis, Tommy and their teen daughter, Cece. Alexis owns a business - a highly competitive ad agency struggling to succeed in a man’s world. The razor focus on her business has tilted her work/life balance to the whims of her demanding clients. Tommy, her loving and supportive partner takes over what Alexis may be lacking, like raising their daughter and running the household. Suddenly, Tommy becomes sick. So sick that he has asked to go back to spend the summer in his favorite summer spot in Destin, Florida. This may be the last summer they spend together. Told in dual point of views on how Alexis and Cece are dealing with Tommy’s sickness, their anger and disappointments, and their coming together as a family reeling in their grief. It’s a story of the complexities of mother - daughter relationships, families dealing with terminal illness, and how to keep hope alive and move on with their lives. I cannot recommend this book enough.
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  • SheLovesThePages
    January 1, 1970
    ⚕BOOK REVIEW⚕You and Me and Us by Alison HammerPub Date: April 7, 2020452 pages-DESCRIPTION-Alexis is a hard-working wife and mother of one. Often her job has her missing out on moments with he family, none feeling it more than her daughter, CeCe. Her husband Tommy is diagnosed with terminal cancer and his last wish is to send the summer with his family in Florida.-THOUGHTS-I am missing these characters as I'm writing this. They seemed so real. They were my friends and my family. Perfect in ⚕️BOOK REVIEW⚕️You and Me and Us by Alison HammerPub Date: April 7, 2020452 pages-DESCRIPTION-Alexis is a hard-working wife and mother of one. Often her job has her missing out on moments with he family, none feeling it more than her daughter, CeCe. Her husband Tommy is diagnosed with terminal cancer and his last wish is to send the summer with his family in Florida.-THOUGHTS-I am missing these characters as I'm writing this. They seemed so real. They were my friends and my family. Perfect in their imperfections. The story is told from the point of view of Alexis and CeCe. Both voices could not have been more different. It's hard to believe this is Hammer's debit novel.-RATING-⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 starsI highly recommend this book!-SIMILAR RECOMMENDED READS-Beyond the PointThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoMap of the Heart
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    This book started out a little slow, then I had a love hate relationship with Lexie, She was not the best mother or wife but boy did she show up when she needed to. I ended up loving her. I will not lie I did cry. So be sure to have your Kleenex handy while reading this one.So glad I grabbed a copy of this one.
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  • Sharon M. Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes a book comes along that you can't put down, even if you're in a coffee shop and you're crying so hard into your iced latte that you're pretty sure other customers think a family member died but really you've just connected so much with the characters in said book that your heart is both breaking and healing.That book was YOU AND ME AND US by Alison Hammer for me. Alexis is a forty-something-year-old woman who is brilliant at work but not so brilliant at parenting. Her teenage daughter, Sometimes a book comes along that you can't put down, even if you're in a coffee shop and you're crying so hard into your iced latte that you're pretty sure other customers think a family member died but really you've just connected so much with the characters in said book that your heart is both breaking and healing.That book was YOU AND ME AND US by Alison Hammer for me. Alexis is a forty-something-year-old woman who is brilliant at work but not so brilliant at parenting. Her teenage daughter, CeCe, spends most of her time with her father, Tommy. For years, this has worked for their little family. Until Tommy gets sick. Really, really sick.The family decides to spend their last summer together in Florida in the town where Tommy and Alexis first met. For the first time, Alexis and CeCe are forced to figure out a way to come together without Tommy's help. It's not gonna be easy, that's for sure.This book is both heart-wrenching and hopeful. The author tackles love. loss, grief, family relationships with skill and such depth. The writing is deceptively easy and simple, the feelings behind those words are huge. I loved everything about this book and am so excited for others to experience these characters. I was blessed to read an early copy of this novel but the story and the characters have stuck with me for months. 5/5 StarsNumber of Ugly Cries: A LOT
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  • Orly Konig
    January 1, 1970
    Alison Hammer's debut is perfect in every way. The writing is flawless and engaging, the characters are flawed and real, the story will rip your heart to shreds and duct tape it back together. I adored this book from word one to the very last word, and that's rare.
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  • Terry
    January 1, 1970
    What a touching, beautiful novel. The characterizations are expertly done, they're so real, they could be family members, neighbors or friends. I found myself grieving after I finished it... Grieving, yet healing at the same time. I haven't experienced a novel which has done that in quite some time. I highly recommend this novel, but want to make you aware that it will grip your heart.As any good book should.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    After beloved husband/father Tommy receives a grim lung cancer diagnosis, his family's life will never be the same. His wife, Alexis, is a workaholic so their teen daughter, CeCe, has always been closer to her dad than her mom. Will Alexis be able to build a relationship with her daughter while also grieving the imminent loss of her husband? Well, wow. This debut blew me away! I was drawn into the story from the very first pages and didn't want to put it down. The characters were all so well After beloved husband/father Tommy receives a grim lung cancer diagnosis, his family's life will never be the same. His wife, Alexis, is a workaholic so their teen daughter, CeCe, has always been closer to her dad than her mom. Will Alexis be able to build a relationship with her daughter while also grieving the imminent loss of her husband? Well, wow. This debut blew me away! I was drawn into the story from the very first pages and didn't want to put it down. The characters were all so well written, and I loved every single one, flaws and all. I teared up several times ... but don't let the sad parts scare you away because this story was also so full of HOPE and LOVE ... and we can all use a good dose of that right now!I do have to add that while the balloon release ceremony was very touching in fiction, it would be extremely harmful to the environment in real life. Click here for more information.Location: Atlanta, Georgia and Destin, FloridaI received an advance copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to for providing me with a copy of this novel for review purposes. I knew when I first read this synopsis that I would be crying, and this story did not disappoint! Plot: Alexis Gold is a working mum. She never planned to have a family, but she loves her partner Tommy, and their daughter CeCe. Tommy takes the role of working part-time from home, while raising Cece, while Alexis starts up and runs her own successful advertising agency. However, everything changes when Tommy receives a Thank you to for providing me with a copy of this novel for review purposes. I knew when I first read this synopsis that I would be crying, and this story did not disappoint! Plot: Alexis Gold is a working mum. She never planned to have a family, but she loves her partner Tommy, and their daughter CeCe. Tommy takes the role of working part-time from home, while raising Cece, while Alexis starts up and runs her own successful advertising agency. However, everything changes when Tommy receives a terminal cancer diagnosis. His wish is to return to Destin - the beach where he grew up, met Alexis, and have visited every year with Cece. Their beach. As the realization hits Cece, the cracks begin to appear as her resentment to Alexis grows for not being their as she grew, and she comes to terms with growing up without her best friend and father.  Alexis puts her career on hold,  and puts her family first - packing up and making their way 'home' for one last summer.Tomorrow is as much about for you as it is for your dad and me. It's about you and me and us. Our family.- Alexis Gold, You and Me and Us Review: Gah!!! Where to begin??This would have been a brilliant story about a dysfunctional mother - daughter relationship all on its own, but in the face of a timer and loss of a loved one every emotion was elevated. The strained relationship was so hard to read but I could feel both sides. You could feel the tension and you could feel the unspoken words. And talking about things doesn't always solve them, which was a huge factor in this story between Alexis and CeCe. Alongside the grief, CeCe is trying to find some normalcy, trying to dream about her future, navigate growing up, making friends, having dreams and boys. While she was frustrating at times she was a good kid and there was no lack of trying on her side either. Her perspective was interesting, it was a different love story to Alexis', with her relationship with Tommy.I truly empathized with Alexis as well. She was struggling with a lifetime of reflection, and bitterness to her future and her loss. Her relationship with Tommy was beautiful and oh how I cried on the couch. Grief is such a tricky thing. There is no wrong or right way to experience it, and there was a range of coping strategies between the characters that clashed, but that was real for me. Things do not fit perfectly in life. I think Hammer did a fantastic job of handling this theme, and even though tears were shed, it was hard to put down this book. Here is what I have to say about cancer. My Pa passed away from lung cancer when I was a teen. He was my favourite person in the world. He did get treatment and it changed him. It changed his demeanor as well as his appearance. At some point, he refused to let us see him because he wanted us to remember him in a better way. I still struggle with this, but I am also grateful, because I don't remember him being at his worst, and our memories are precious. Every story with cancer is different, and I felt very connected to this one. Beautiful story looking at the good the bad and the ugly of family dynamics at the toughest of times.  I highly recommend this read, and I strongly advise having tissues on hand.  (Triggering topics include death of a loved one, cancer patients and treatment. Although I will note that this is handled with as much grace as possible.) I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on You and Me and Us. Have you read this? Tell me what you thought!    Feel free to comment below or on my 'bookstagram' at @ReadWithWine .  This review was originally posted on ReadWithWine
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  • Laura Drake
    January 1, 1970
    A sparkling debut. I'm not a crier, and I just went through 2 napkins and a half roll of toilet paper (in the very best way).It's about work and old and new love and screw ups and teenagers and friendships and pain and grief and memories . . . life. It's about life. And it's so bittersweet-just like the real thing. Best book I've read all year, I kid you not.
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  • Shannon (The Book Club Mom)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my gosh. I think this book is going to be very popular this summer, you guys. You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer ticks all of my literary boxes: family, marriage, parenthood, and friendship. Check, check, check and check! By page 14, I was already 100% invested in this story and its relatable characters. Its always a good sign when I lock myself in the bathroom (to hide from my children) for an hour or so with a book. Next time, Ill sneak wine. I always forget that very important part. If you Oh my gosh. I think this book is going to be very popular this summer, you guys. You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer ticks all of my literary boxes: family, marriage, parenthood, and friendship. Check, check, check and check! By page 14, I was already 100% invested in this story and it’s relatable characters. It’s always a good sign when I lock myself in the bathroom (to hide from my children) for an hour or so with a book. Next time, I’ll sneak wine. I always forget that very important part. If you haven’t read the synopsis of this novel yet, I suggest you don’t bother. Go in blind like I did. All you need to know is that it follows one family during one summer. There is a terminal cancer diagnosis, so I do want to bring that trigger warning to your attention. Be prepared to smile and probably cry a little too. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! I guarantee you will fall in love with this family. Especially Tommy! He’s definitely one of my very favorite fictional dads. LOVE that guy. The love and affection he shows the women in his life made me melt. I was a puddle on the floor. This fantastic debut is available now. Please, please, please find a way to get your hands on a copy. 4.5/5 heartwarming stars for You and Me and Us!
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  • Barbara White
    January 1, 1970
    YOU AND ME AND US is a powerful and hopeful debut about grief, love, and the ties that bind--even when we resist. The crisis threatening to rip the family apart is heartbreaking and raw, not sugar-coated and sentimental. But real life continues with first loves, best friend squabbles, and mother/daughter friction. The characters are multilayered and their reactions are so very real. Many stories gloss over the anger that comes hand-in-hand with grief. This story didn't shy away from it. There YOU AND ME AND US is a powerful and hopeful debut about grief, love, and the ties that bind--even when we resist. The crisis threatening to rip the family apart is heartbreaking and raw, not sugar-coated and sentimental. But real life continues with first loves, best friend squabbles, and mother/daughter friction. The characters are multilayered and their reactions are so very real. Many stories gloss over the anger that comes hand-in-hand with grief. This story didn't shy away from it. There were fights, and disagreements, tears and love notes, all the good stuff. And Tommy, wow, what a guy. The world would be a much better place if we could clone him!YOU AND ME AND US = perfect book club reading. There is much to discuss.
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  • Asheley
    January 1, 1970
    Tommys world is upended when he has to tell his wife Alexis and daughter CeCe that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. For years, Alexis has been a workaholic and has typically tended to miss important events in the lives of her husband and child. 14-year-old CeCe doesnt have a lot of affection for her mother because from her perspective, Alexis doesnt prioritize her and therefore must not love her. The relationsip betwen mother and child is tumultuous at best, and Tommy has always been Tommy’s world is upended when he has to tell his wife Alexis and daughter CeCe that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. For years, Alexis has been a workaholic and has typically tended to miss important events in the lives of her husband and child. 14-year-old CeCe doesn’t have a lot of affection for her mother because from her perspective, Alexis doesn’t prioritize her and therefore must not love her. The relationsip betwen mother and child is tumultuous at best, and Tommy has always been the glue that holds the family together. But Alexis and CeCe will have to learn how to manage their relationship when Tommy is no longer with them.I knew that this one would be emotional going into it, and OH MAN it was. It wasn’t long ago that I lost someone important to me, and I was a little bit nervous about how I would handle certain aspects of this story. I teared up in multiple places, but overall I felt like it was cathartic for me. I was able to relate to things that I wasn’t necessarily expecting in the story, and I was also able to emotionally connect with the characters in a strong way.That doesn’t mean that I love everything they did. Alexis and CeCe have a really difficult relationship, and it was hard to read at times. CeCe did not respect her mother at all for a time, and Alexis really didn’t pursue her daughter at all. She essentially left the parenting up to Tommy. Apparently I have stronger opinions about this than I realized, because when I had to put the book down for a few minutes, it was because of how Alexis and CeCe acted toward one another rather than how emotional some parts were. Most of the time, I felt more about their relationship (anger, frustration, sadness) than I did about the grief they were all experiencing.But that’s just me. The anticipatory grief in this book is super, super well presented. It is so hard to watch someone go through a terminal illness physically, especially when the person used to be a thriving and healthy person in the prime of his or her life. The apprehensive moments where CeCe was nervous to be around her father were so accurate and well done, and the desperate moments when Alexis wanted to almost will Tommy to breathe and thrive were also very well done.It’s a deeply emotional read, but also hopeful and full of happy, funny moments.I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you, William Morrow Books!Find this review and more like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books!
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    This book took my breath away and me ugly crying. I loved this mother daughter story and the conflict of their relationship. Tommy was an absolute gem and my heart broke for him and his diagnosis. I wanted him to fight too. This book is real life and made me appreciate my family just a bit more. I cant wait to read more from this author in the future. This book took my breath away and me ugly crying. I loved this mother daughter story and the conflict of their relationship. Tommy was an absolute gem and my heart broke for him and his diagnosis. I wanted him to fight too. This book is real life and made me appreciate my family just a bit more. I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future.
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    This book pulled out every.single.emotion I had!!!!! Talk about heartbreaking .... yes it is!!!!! The entire book.
  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Last night, I was finishing up this book in bed and sobbing. My husband came into the room, took one look at me, and stopped short. "It's a really sad book," I explained."Sounds like fun," he said, giving me a mystified look. I didn't know how to explain to him that it was fun, that it was such a treat to read a book with such lifelike, captivating characters that I enjoyed the grief I felt for them, and so I just nodded and turned back to the book ... which I couldn't put down until I had Last night, I was finishing up this book in bed and sobbing. My husband came into the room, took one look at me, and stopped short. "It's a really sad book," I explained."Sounds like fun," he said, giving me a mystified look. I didn't know how to explain to him that it was fun, that it was such a treat to read a book with such lifelike, captivating characters that I enjoyed the grief I felt for them, and so I just nodded and turned back to the book ... which I couldn't put down until I had finished it. Alison Hammer has created something really special here: an emotionally complex story about love, loss, and family, populated with characters that will stick with you long after you turn the last page.
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  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    This storyTommys, Alexiss and CeCesis one of the most beautiful tributes to love that Ive ever read. Three people have their world turned upside down in the most painful way possible, and yet somehow they find the most extraordinary ways to love each other, and to show their love. Nothing is sugar-coated; their pain is palpable, their anger is intense, their grief broke my heart, but their love was the most powerful force of all. This story—Tommy’s, Alexis’s and CeCe’s—is one of the most beautiful tributes to love that I’ve ever read. Three people have their world turned upside down in the most painful way possible, and yet somehow they find the most extraordinary ways to love each other, and to show their love. Nothing is sugar-coated; their pain is palpable, their anger is intense, their grief broke my heart, but their love was the most powerful force of all.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great read... it was about loss and hope. The characters came alive.... would recommend this one to anyone who has dealt with grief and the loss of a loved one. It was truly a great love story!Thanks for the giveaway.... hope this author will continue to write with such personal warmth.
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  • Amy Doan
    January 1, 1970
    Luminous.YOU AND ME AND US is a beautiful, gripping novel about love in the face of loss. I cared deeply about Alexis, CeCe and Tommy from page one and couldnt rest until I knew what happened to them. An extraordinarily confident and sensitive debut by Hammer. Luminous.YOU AND ME AND US is a beautiful, gripping novel about love in the face of loss. I cared deeply about Alexis, CeCe and Tommy from page one and couldn’t rest until I knew what happened to them. An extraordinarily confident and sensitive debut by Hammer.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to LibraryThing and Wm. Morrow for this ARC.I needed a box of tissues for a lot of this book but it was happy in places too of course. It was inevitable what was going to happen in this book and no spoilers since it says so on the back cover of the book. It was a poignant book and I enjoyed mostly all of the characters. Alexis, the mom was a little bit full of herself with her job owning her own advertising agency and practically ignoring Cecelia (CeCe) her 14 year old daughter with Thank you to LibraryThing and Wm. Morrow for this ARC.I needed a box of tissues for a lot of this book but it was happy in places too of course. It was inevitable what was going to happen in this book and no spoilers since it says so on the back cover of the book. It was a poignant book and I enjoyed mostly all of the characters. Alexis, the mom was a little bit full of herself with her job owning her own advertising agency and practically ignoring Cecelia (CeCe) her 14 year old daughter with Tommy, who has cancer and who really "brought" up CeCe. CeCe really resents her mother for that and I can see why.Alexis and Tommy never got married because Alexis is a stubborn woman but Tommy was the most easy going man and I can see why he was a psychiatrist. All in all, they go back to Destin, FL to do his bucket list where they grew up together. Alexis doesn't want to relive those memories since Tommy's ex is filming a tv show there and Alexis doesn't want CeCe to be involved and to know that's Tommy's ex. I thought that was very selfish since she was 14 and very mature for her age and always wanted to be an actress. It ends up where she meets Monica and finds out the truth. In the end, a year later, you find Alexis and CeCe heading for L.A. where CeCe finally gets what she wants, being on TV.
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  • Hallie Szott
    January 1, 1970
    4.5Alexis does not have a good work/life balance, but she does not worry too much about her family because she knows her partner Tommy will be there for their daughter, CeCe. A terminal cancer diagnosis changes everything, unfortunately. Now, a few months of summer is what Alexis and CeCe have to not only savor their remaining time with Tommy, but also figure out how to move forward without him. Alison Hammers debut novel is absolutely beautiful. Covering love, loss, and family, it is not an 4.5Alexis does not have a good work/life balance, but she does not worry too much about her family because she knows her partner Tommy will be there for their daughter, CeCe. A terminal cancer diagnosis changes everything, unfortunately. Now, a few months of summer is what Alexis and CeCe have to not only savor their remaining time with Tommy, but also figure out how to move forward without him. Alison Hammer’s debut novel is absolutely beautiful. Covering love, loss, and family, it is not an emotionally easy read, but it proves worth it. I enjoyed getting to know this broken family—and cried for them more than once. Their navigation of the challenges through something no one should have to face is not without hopeful and humorous moments, and by the end, I just felt glad to have experienced their story.You and Me and Us is a book I definitely recommend.This review is also posted on Hallie Reads.I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Leah DeCesare
    January 1, 1970
    YOU AND ME AND US has it all. Laughter and tear--and a thousand human emotions in between--it has young love and long-time love, deep friendships, new friends, superstars and exes. I dare you not to cry reading this story that grapples with motherhood and marriage, forgiveness and faith, and learning to face the hard stuff.
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  • Megan Collins
    January 1, 1970
    Im so grateful for the opportunity to read an advance copy of Alison Hammers gorgeous debut, YOU AND ME AND US. 📚 Alexis has worked hard on her careerso hard, in fact, that shes sometimes neglected her job as a mom, leaving the parenting up to her loving and understanding husband Tommy. As a result, her relationship with her teenage daughter CeCe is strained. When Alexis and CeCe learn that Tommy only has a few months to live, they grant his wish of spending one final summer together at their I’m so grateful for the opportunity to read an advance copy of Alison Hammer’s gorgeous debut, YOU AND ME AND US. 📚 Alexis has worked hard on her career—so hard, in fact, that she’s sometimes neglected her job as a mom, leaving the parenting up to her loving and understanding husband Tommy. As a result, her relationship with her teenage daughter CeCe is strained. When Alexis and CeCe learn that Tommy only has a few months to live, they grant his wish of spending one final summer together at their favorite vacation spot in Florida. Over the course of that summer, as they tick off items on Tommy’s “Kick the Bucket List,” Alexis and CeCe each prepare to lose the man they love more than anyone, all while learning new things about themselves and each other so that, hopefully, when it’s just the two of them, they will still feel like a family. 📚 Although Tommy’s looming death obviously casts a somber and foreboding shadow over the story, Hammer does an amazing job of making this book a beautiful, heartfelt page-turner that’s filled with just as much joy as it is pain. In fact, it’s the pain that further illuminates the joy, and though I did go through a lot of tissues while reading, I also laughed and smiled a lot too. Hammer’s characters feel so real—maybe devastatingly so; by the middle of the book, I felt like Tommy was family, and like Alexis and CeCe, I was desperate to hold onto him. (I know Alexis didn’t appreciate his jokes about his terminal illness, but I found them funny!) This exquisite book is an urgent reminder to cherish those we love, to honor the big and small moments, to figure out what’s most important to us—and somehow, it is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking, a balance Hammer achieves through hypnotizing storytelling and charming, memorable characters.
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  • Meredith Schorr
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. I am so incredibly impressed with this debut by Alison Hammer, perfect for fans of Karma Brown and Sarah Jio. It reads like she's been writing novels forever. The story was incredibly sad and my eyes teared on several occasions, but it was not a full-on downer at all! There was humor and moments of hope and optimism sprinkled in. It was a story of growth, of facing and surviving the worst things life can bring, and coming out stronger. I loved the alternating POVs of Alexis and CeeCee Wow. I am so incredibly impressed with this debut by Alison Hammer, perfect for fans of Karma Brown and Sarah Jio. It reads like she's been writing novels forever. The story was incredibly sad and my eyes teared on several occasions, but it was not a full-on downer at all! There was humor and moments of hope and optimism sprinkled in. It was a story of growth, of facing and surviving the worst things life can bring, and coming out stronger. I loved the alternating POVs of Alexis and CeeCee (mother and daughter) and thought Hammer painted a perfect portrait of a fourteen-year-old girl. None of the characters were perfect, aside from Tommy perhaps, but they were all relatable and easy to care about. I see big things for Alison Hammer in the future and absolutely cannot wait to read her next book. Thank you to Netgalley and William Morrow for the complimentary ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 "xx" Stars...It's hard to know exactly how to review You and Me and Us. Quite simply, it's a beautiful book about the parts of life that can be downright ugly. Ms. Hammer wrote a love story with multiple facets. It deals with not only the romantic love between a man and woman, but also the love between a father and his daughter, a mother and her daughter and the love present between close friends. It's loving someone else so much that you prioritize what is best for them ahead of what you 4 1/2 "xx" Stars...It's hard to know exactly how to review You and Me and Us. Quite simply, it's a beautiful book about the parts of life that can be downright ugly. Ms. Hammer wrote a love story with multiple facets. It deals with not only the romantic love between a man and woman, but also the love between a father and his daughter, a mother and her daughter and the love present between close friends. It's loving someone else so much that you prioritize what is best for them ahead of what you want or need. Even in the midst of everything though, people are human and selfishness creeps in no matter how much we try to battle it. Sometimes, it blinds us to what the best options truly are in a certain situation because a person just can't see past their own personal desires. "You'll always be his daughter, he'll always be your dad."You and Me and Us deals with saying goodbye to the man who is the glue in the family. Tommy holds everything together. Alexis has relied on him for as long as she's known him because he always had her back. How will she move on without Tommy to smooth everything over for her and to keep things running well at home. Alexis and her daughter, Cece have anything but an ideal relationship. Cece has always been closer to Tommy. As Alexis and Cece prepare to say goodbye to Tommy and learn to live without him, they also have to learn to rely on and trust one another."I remember he told me that some things in life were worth sticking around for, and that things would be hard wherever I went. So he told me I should stay and work through the tough parts to get to the good ones."You and Me and Us was a well-written women's fiction that chronicled the long goodbye to a loved one with cancer while helping the soon to be survivors figure out how to relate to one another again. There weren't any surprise twists and nothing catchy, it was just straight forward beautiful words that pulled you into this family's story. I was so engrossed that I really felt their anguish. Their time with Tommy was a blessing but at times it was also tortuous because they knew what was coming. The only mystery was when."I put the paper down - I don't need any help remembering the rest; it's the story of us."Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    This is an emotional, beautifully written debut novel by Alison Hammer that will make you laugh and make you cry. The characters are so real - flaws and all - and even though parts of the book are very emotional and sad, the overwhelming feeling is one of love.Alexis and Tommy have been together for over 15 years and have a teenage daughter CeCe. They have many of the same problems as everyone - Mom works too much, Dad works from home and daughter and dad get along but she and her mother This is an emotional, beautifully written debut novel by Alison Hammer that will make you laugh and make you cry. The characters are so real - flaws and all - and even though parts of the book are very emotional and sad, the overwhelming feeling is one of love.Alexis and Tommy have been together for over 15 years and have a teenage daughter CeCe. They have many of the same problems as everyone - Mom works too much, Dad works from home and daughter and dad get along but she and her mother constantly disagree. Life is good for all of them...until Tommy finds out that he has terminal lung cancer and only has several months to live. He decides not to fight it and to enjoy what little time he has left with his family. Alexis is afraid that when Tommy dies, she and CeCe will not be able to make a family of two - that Tommy was really the glue that held them together. Can Alexis and CeCe learn to trust and respect each other again after Tommy dies and they return home?You and Me and Us is a beautifully written book about life and death, family and friends. The pain and the love the family goes through is emotional and heartwarming but is also very real and not sugar coated. This is the story of survival for this family and how they get through it with love and their friendships. These are characters that i won't soon forget.WARNING - Don't be too far away from a box of tissue when you read this - you're going to need them!Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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