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Between You & Me

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  383 ratings  ·  92 reviews
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 perso ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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I finished Between You & Me with a bad taste in my mouth. Now all I can wonder is how could I have been so wrong? The short of it is that Between You & Me was incredibly disappointing.

Let's start with what positives there were. Between You & Me has the unique distinction of being written in script format. In my opinion, it is very well executed. The format combines everything that a fluid narrative has along with having all the dialogue being like it is in a script. It's nice to look
3.5 out of 5

SCENE SETTING: Young girl, Phyre, theatre-junkie, crushing on unattainable woman, her drama teacher. Cue: life crisis. Enter: Phyre's best friend, clearly head over heels for Phyre. Cue: drama

Now, I personally found it easy and pleasant to slip into the writing style of this book which is set up in the format of a screenplay. I do realize that perhaps some modern young readers out there might not like this, and I feel as if the older crowd might roll their eyes and find it pretentiou

Actress Marisa Calin's young adult debut is a fun, creative novel. BETWEEN YOU & ME is written in a hybrid screenplay/direct address format that expresses main character Phyre perfectly. She's an actress and someone who manages to be much more eloquent in her head than in real life. She analyzes her words deeply but rarely thinks about the things people say to her. Except for Mia.

Phyre is crushing hard on the new drama teacher, Mia. She tries to talk to her as much as possible, waiting in pl
Jenni Frencham
Here's my take on this book:

1. I was intrigued by the premise. An LGBT YA book with the teen protagonist crushing on a teacher. It sounded interesting (as long as it didn't get creepy - which it didn't). A focus on drama/theater high school groups. It sounded good, and sounded like it would reach a new audience, the same way Beautiful Music for Ugly Children did with its emphasis on music and radio shows.

2. I hated, really hated the format. I don't think in screenplays, so it's hard to read one.
Mrs. S
I'm so all over the place on this one. I think it does a lot of big things well, certainly, and I would recommend it for plenty of people. On the other hand...there were some things that bugged me.

1) This book depicts the feelings of a teenage girl who is dealing with a crush on a teacher--a female teacher--when previously she has only had experience with boys her age. While I am a bit touchy about anything that even remotely resembles teacher-student relationships that cross the line, I though
Review originally posted on my blog

Between You & Me by Marisa Calin is a kind of a ballsy book. There were a lot of risks taken with Between You & Me – and a lot of subjects discussed – that are usually overlooked in young adult literature and I really admire Marisa Calin for that.

The screenplay format of Between You & Me was definitely a change from the typical novel and felt very refreshing to me. It was a risky move, but I thought the scree
Marisa Calin’s Between You & Me employs an unusual format to portray a relatable and contemporary glimpse into the complicated, confusing and often heartbreaking world of falling in love and growing up.

Written in screenplay format, Between You & Me follows sixteen year old Phyre as she grapples with her confusing and burgeoning romantic feelings for Mia, the new and young theater and film teacher. Phyre has never felt attracted to another girl before and her strong feelings for Mia have
Literary Princess
The format of this book was completely illogical, as it wavered between using a script for the dialogue and announcement of setting but then incorporated the main character's thoughts constantly. The 2nd person referral to the best friend was stupid and completely distracted me from the story (also made it hard to have any attachment whatsoever to the character).

I couldn't believe in anything that was happening in this book. Having a crush on a student teacher? Okay. Having a student teacher te
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4.5 stars

Quite the book, Calin has made a book seemingly into a screenplay. As a teenage girl confused with her feelings for her drama teacher, who by the way is a female, was a new sort of premise. What I really liked about the book was the humor, and the character 'You'.

'You', didn't have a specific name, and the author didn't tell you the gender. So throughout the book you're questioning yourself, what you think, etc. I went back and forth constantly, and I ended up being wrong about the gen
What I really liked about this book: the dialogue and actions were very, very realistic for teenagers. I had a crush on a teacher in high school, and in college, and Calin nailed the calculation that goes into every action you perform when you have a crush. The characters also each had a tinge of selfishness that is very much a real thing in the teenage world, where people care about each other but also are really worried about themselves. In that way, it was very realistic. This is why the book ...more
Marisa Calin "Between You and Me" is a story written in screenplay format.In this story a ominous 'You' character which could be read as female or male is a best friend to the main character Phyre.Phyre falls in love with a her new drama teacher and becomes a bit obsessive over her while cause troubles with the "You" character. In all although the story was well written I found this whole story confusing(of the plot)the author's purpose was muddle. I felt as the author's purpose wasn't conveyed ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it 4 of 5 stars
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(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

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I love love love epistolary novels (this one is told as a screenplay in homage to the main character's love of films) so I thought this would be an enjoyable read. Plus it had a couple of hooks that sounded different from other YA novels-I don't think I've ever read a book that had those two elements together.

But I think it ended up being too gimmicky. First the book is told in second-person POV which always confuses me. The "you" does not refer to me the reader and it is hard to remind mys
E. Anderson
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 P
Lisa Collins (Lisa Likes Books)
When I read that Between You & Me by Marisa Calin was written in a screenplay format I was equal parts intrigued and horrified. Once upon a time I was a cinematography major, so I’m well aware that screenplays are meant to be adapted, not read as a novel. Then I started reading the book and was equal parts peeved and grateful. Let me explain. Between You & Me is not a screenplay. I sort of don’t want to even say it’s written in screenplay format. I’ll settle with: Between You & Me is ...more
Wow, this book is so very different from anything I've ever read before. Ever. In my life.

This excerpt is part of my 2013 Contemporary Month Event and is taken from my review on Into the Hall of Books. Read more here:

The first thing you need to know is this:
Main character Phyre has developed feelings for her theater teacher.

Phyre's feelings develop from a small fascination into a full-on crush that becomes one of those all-consuming life-size things that
Laura Graves

Once again, I was drawn in by a cover. Between You & Me just looks intriguing. Then, when I read the synopsis I thought it would be right up my alley. While it was a little more cute than I was expecting, I was totally engaged the whole time.

Phyre is going through something she never expected when she finds herself attracted in some way to her theatre teacher, Mia. I felt frustrated with her several times, but I was always sympathetic

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This story follows outgoing teen, Phyre, as she goes through the motions of crushing on her new film (female) teacher. Phyre has never developed feelings for another female before, but as soon as she lays eyes on Mia, she's smitten. Mia projects an air of whimsy and breeziness that Phyre just can't resist.

Phyre's crush propels her to try out for the school play as a way to be closer to Mia as well as further her experience with acting.
Nicole Fisher
This book is a satisfactory read, a very simple love story with enough suspense to drive the reader toward the end. But while it was suspenseful, there were parts that were disappointing or anti-climactic.

This story had a lot of potential, and the actual story line is great, but I think the writer gives away too much at moments, or writes a bit unrealistically at certain scenes. A lot of the imagery seems idealized (the many tealights, the pool onstage), but it also seems unrealistic. I wasn't

Marisa Calin’s debut novel Between You & Me is a contemporary tale with a very intimate story line. There is no “real plot” per se; it merely follows the life of a young woman named Phyre, her best friend, and Phyre falling for her drama teacher, a woman named Mia.

The relations between the three main characters are a sort of bizarre love triangle, Phyre’s friend – referred with a gender neutral (yes, that’s right gender neutral) You – likes Phyre. Phyre likes Mia. Mia, well, Mia is just doi
Caron Dessoye
Between You & Me, has the simple story line of young girl, Phyre, has crush on Mia who is not interested and simultaneously, Phyre's best friend has a crush on Phyre. The twists are, Mia is Phyre's teacher and that the gender of Phyre's best friend is never revealed. Throughout the participation in a school play, Phyre has more contact with her teacher and hopes that Mia will reciprocate her feelings. Phyre's best friend not only supports her in the crush on Mia and simultaneously makes ove ...more
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog:

I love when authors take creative chances. When they do it right, the book morphs into more of an experience than just some paper bound together in your purse.

Between You & Me is just that. Written in screenplay style, author Marisa Calin introduces us to Phyre, a 16-year old girl, who loves theater and her best friend – a best friend that garners no name, simply known as ‘You’, with no description whatsoever, just movements and words and pe
This book did not quite work for me. The style was interesting in theory but was hard to get into. It’s written in a script-like format and that was innovative, but I did not fully understand that writing choice. I’ve also never been a fan of present tense because it always makes me stumble. Throw in first person addressing “you” and that is the recipe for confusion. It did not feel like the reader should have that kind of insight into Phyre’s inner thoughts from that perspective. Maybe it would ...more
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When Phyre develops feelings for her new drama teacher, it takes her by surprise. She's never had feelings for someone of the same sex before, and she's not quite sure what to make of it. These new feelings unleash a barrage of questions which Phyre takes up with "you", her best friend, who is dealing with their own feelings for Phyre. It's a curious little love triangle, which on the surface was sweet, realistic, and handled well (in context) by the author.

This book is definitely unique, not so
Will McGee
This book did two things I found annoying. First, it is written in a screenplay format. I've read other books that had unusual formats--like Walter Dean Myers's Monster, which is also in a screenplay format, or the Power Point chapter of Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, or the listing of different cities in Italo Cavino's Invisible Cities--and I can appreciate an unusual format if it serves a purpose that usual formatting couldn't serve. I'm not sure what purpose the screenplay forma ...more
Between You & Me is different. One of the main characters don’t have a name, or recognized in a gender. It’s for the reader to decide. The style is written in a screenplay format. And for this, I craved reading the story because I adore these type of stories. Hello? I’m a Shakespeare fanatic. If someone can pull off a great story in a screenplay format, I love them that much more for it. I like quirky and unusual formats. Stories with hidden messages underneath. Stories that are told only th ...more
This was passed onto me because I run a teen book group (although we tend to read more adult books), and I'm also part of a LGBT teen outreach program. This book is stunning. The questions 'why a screenplay' and 'why YOU' are what make it so compelling and original. They are exactly the questions I will ask my group. I want to say that the screenplay style represents something of Phyre's self-consciousness and preoccupation with how people see her. And not identifying 'You's' sex suggests to me ...more
BETWEEN YOU & ME is written in a hybrid screenplay/first person format that mimic's the main character's thoughts. Like most of us, this character is more eloquent in her mind than she is in real life.

Phyre has a crush on the new drama teacher, Mia, that is obsessive, self-absorbed and at times sweet and funny. She waits for Mia and tries to seem casual, she imagines conversations between them, and most of all, she imagines that her feelings are reciprocated. In other words, it's a bona-fid
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Marisa is an actress, screenwriter and novelist. She grew up in Bath, England and moved to New York City to train at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has written plays and screenplays and most recently her love of a good book inspired her to take charge of every facet of the creative picture and tackle a novel. The only thing better than being absorbed in the world of a film for two hour ...more
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