“Me, Myself & Him” by Chris Tebbets— Choices

Tebbetts, Chris. “Me Myself & Him”, Penguin Random House, 2019.


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In “Me, Myself & Him”, Chris Tebbets gives us the story of parallel time lines and further explores how our choices can change and shape us or don’t change the core of our being at all.

When Chris Schweitzer takes a hit of laughing gas or whippets, he passes out face first on the cement and it is not only his nose that changes forever. Instead of staying home with his friends for the last summer after high school, he’s sent off to live with his famous physicist father to prove he can “play by the rules” before Dad will pay for college. The problem is his father who is every bit a jerk.

In an alternate time line, Chris’s parents remain blissfully ignorant about the accident, and life at home goes back to normal–until it doesn’t. A new spark between his two best (straight) friends quickly turns Chris into a (gay) third wheel, and even worse, the truth about the whippets incident starts to come out. As his summer explodes into a million messy pieces, Chris wonders how else things might have gone. He wonders if it is possible to be jealous of another version of yourself in an alternate reality that doesn’t even exist? 

“Me Myself & Him” looks at how what we consider to be true is really just one part of a bigger picture. It examines love, relationships, and the different paths one’s life can take.

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