Summary (from Goodreads):
“For as long as Tatum can remember it’s been:
Tatum + Lori = Best friends
They do everything together, including a yearly clarinet/flute duet for District Honor Band auditions. But when a new boy transfers to their middle school and their band, the equation suddenly changes to:
Lori + Michael – Tatum = One happy couple
With her best friend slipping away and her parents recently separated, Tatum’s life has turned upside down. Plus her good friend Aaron thinks that they are secretly boyfriend and girlfriend, all because of one little lie Tatum told. Accepting change isn’t easy for Tatum, but just how much is she willing to give up to hold on to her friendship with Lori and life as she knows it? For Tatum, the best way to move forward may require a whole new formula…”
I was so excited to read this book because I loved OyMG so much. The two are very different and while I definitely preferred OyMG, I really enjoyed this one, too.
I think everyone can relate to the idea of being left behind. Tatum tries so hard to cling to her friendship with Lori that she’s very willing to sell herself short. And, like most of us (or, at the very least, like me), she won’t admit to being upset or hurt because it may cause a fight or accusations of being jealous that Lori has a boyfriend and she doesn’t.
She even goes out on a fake date with her friend Aaron so that Lori will wonder what else Tatum has going on that she isn’t sharing. (And honestly, Aaron is so much cooler than Lori’s boyfriend Michael.)
This is a very sweet, fun book. And it’s impossible not to cheer for Tatum. Highly recommended.