Between You & Me

Between You & Me

by Marisa Calin


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Phyre knows there is something life-changing about her new drama teacher, Mia, from the moment they meet. As Phyre rehearses for the school play, she comes to realize that the unrequited feelings she has for Mia go deeper than she's ever experienced. Especially with a teacher. Or a woman. All the while, Phyre's best friend-addressed throughout the story in the second person, as "you"-stands by, ready to help Phyre make sense of her feelings. But just as Mia doesn't understand what Phyre feels, Phyre can't fathom the depth of her best friend's feelings...until it's almost too late for a happy ending. Characters come to life through the innovative screenplay format of this dazzling debut, and unanswered questions-is "you" male or female?-will have readers talking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599907581
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile: HL740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marisa Calin was born in the U.S., grew up in Bath, England, then moved to New York City at the age of eighteen to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and pursue her dreams of being an actress. She is still in hot pursuit, and when not on stage or on set uses all her spare time and training to create vivid character-driven worlds on paper.

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Between You & Me 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
eBook_Addict More than 1 year ago
There were so many things about this novel that caught my eye that had me crossing my fingers that I'd get a chance to read it! First, I love the front cover of this novel; immediately it made me want to get to know the person that was on it. Secondly, I loved the synopsis for this book!! Last, but certainly not least, I love the fact that this novel was written in screenplay format!! Phyre, the main character, is a 16-year-old girl who has a passion for acting, and after she meets her drama teacher, Mia, she suddenly has a passion for her too. Phyre's best friend, You, was an incredible character; it was definitely bittersweet not knowing the gender of You. Of course the curiosity is killing you to know whether or not You is male or female, but it was quite entertaining and it made me feel more involved with the novel. As the story goes on, it becomes a play within a play, which I also enjoyed. Phyre's character can be related to very easily; when you're sixteen, most people do have crushes on their teachers, and although Phyre's crush on Mia seemed more like an obsession at times, it was nice to see how she dealt with her crush on Mia. As an aspiring screenwriter/author, I appreciated this novel to the highest; I have so much respect for Marisa Calin and I think this was a brilliant novel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a great plot but is entirely confusing. Who doea she love mia? You? Anyother guys? Well i loved how it ended but to me there was way to much conflict between her and you. She went through a whole year of complete crap for it ending weird. I would have wrote it with actual "" marks instead of the weird headers that she uses to say whose speaking i got lost lots and confused as to whose speaking and her thoughts. I cant believe she dosent see the love her best friend gives her and shes to enthralled by herown obbsessions to five a crap about her friend.. he has a right to be mad and she just dosent get it. Wouldnt really reccomend it.
Humbee More than 1 year ago
I'm very excited about this book. It's a truly unique read with all the components that make it a stand out for YA and general fiction. Breaking ground in the genre, "Between You & Me" is a screen play within a novel including a school play story that is so well written and so dynamic it will have you reading far more quickly and more compulsively than anything in your hands lately! I was blown away. While it sounds strange on paper, by way of my review no doubt, the format works amazingly well, and Marisa Calin is genius to think of it. Quick witted and snappy dialog makes the book move at a bullet's pace. The depth of emotion conveyed seems unlikely with such spare words, which is one of the charming things about this book. We are brought into a situation of the love-lorn that it both poignant and profoundly expressive between two different teens, and two different scenarios simultaneously, and they both work in such perfect heart-stopping harmony. I found it timeless. If any of you remember "Love Story," you'll understand how few words can convey a world of angst and true depth of caring. This is such a book. In the summary of the book, you'll find the outline of the story of Phyre and her obsessive crush on Mia, her drama teacher...and her "blind" relationship at the same time with the "You" of her play. There is nothing more I would give away on that count except to say that the invisible is so beautifully drawn here on the "You" character that you ache for him/her. This, of course, shows the writing talent and expressive gifts of the author. I enjoyed very much, as well, her instructions to the drama class on how to find the emotions and meanings in their acting. What a wonderful way to work Phyre's emotional turmoil and "You's" behind the scenes feelings into the story/play. And then, the school play on top of the storyline play was so enjoyable a read. This is a unique book. One that I won't be surprised to find visited with awards this year. Get it and experience a wonderful story. Guaranteed to please you. Good for Bloomsbury!
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's easy take a gimmick and make a book out of it. It's hard to make it work. Marisa Calin's debut, BETWEEN YOU AND ME, is told in the form of a screen play. A screen play in first person that addresses the protagonist's best friend only as "You." And the best part is: it works.High school theater student Phyre is thrilled for the new semester. And as soon as her new theater class starts, her whole world changes. At least that's what it feels like. Their student teacher, Mia, is unlike anyone Phyre has ever met. And although she's only dated boys before, Phyre soon finds herself not only intrigued by Mia, but infatuated. She's thinking about her all the time -- at home, hanging out at the coffee shop with her best friend, in class, and, of course, at the theater. She gives up her lunch period to do an extra study with Mia. And all the while she thinks she might be getting an in. But Phyre's world is bigger than Mia. She just isn't seeing it. Soon her best friend is not only worried about Phyre, but about their friendship. This is not only the story of first love, and it's bigger than it's soon-to-be-classification as an LGBTQ book. It's ultimately a story about friendship, the tunnel vision that is an epic crush, and finding one's identity. It's a lot to fit in this narrow volume, but it's all there. And I can't recommend it highly enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seemed like it would be a good book but was just a sample.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago