Two Like Me and You

Young Adult - General
300 Pages
Reviewed on 05/15/2019
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Author Biography

Chad Alan Gibbs lives in Auburn, Alabama with his wife, two sons, two dogs, and an embarrassingly large collection of Star Wars action figures. Two Like Me and You is his first novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Two Like Me and You is a young adult coming of age/adventure novel written by Chad Alan Gibbs. Edwin Green’s junior year at J.P. Hornby High School did not hold any special promise or allure for the somewhat nerdy young man. He was still reeling from Black Saturday, that momentous day a year earlier when his girlfriend, Sadie Evans, now a superstar, unceremoniously cut him off from her life. Little did he know that his junior year would be extraordinary, and in ways no one might have envisioned, except perhaps a retired World War II veteran living in the dementia ward of a nursing home .

It all started with Mr. Graham’s history class. Mr. Graham had this quirk about seating students in alphabetical order. While it helped him begin to associate the names of his students with their corporeal presences, the arrangement meant that Edwin was sandwiched between the unkempt and frankly disgusting Tyler Godfrey and the formidable Parker Haddaway, the new girl who had made it quite clear that she didn’t suffer fools gladly, or for that matter at all. Then why did she suddenly decide that Edwin should be her partner in Mr. Graham’s history project? Edwin had no idea, but from that moment on his life had started changing dramatically.

Two Like Me and You is one of those all-too-rare reading experiences that make you smile as you begin reading and then hold you blissfully entranced all the way through to the last page. I’ve long had an interest in the Second World War, and I loved seeing that conflict and its aftermath through Garland Lenox’s eyes. Books such as this make the reader remember, or realize, that WWII heroes and heroines can still be found in retirement villages and assisted living facilities, their stories still clear in their memories, waiting to be told. Gibbs’ plot is ingenious, skirting on the realm of the possible and skating into absurdity in some delicious and unpredictable ways. His characters are complex and quite real, and his smooth and assured style of writing makes this romp of a coming of age adventure work quite well. Two Like Me and You is most highly recommended.

Stephen Fisher

Two Like Me and You by Chad Alan Gibbs is an amazingly hilarious adventure story that begins with Edwin Green and the new girl, Parker Haddaway, in Mr. Graham's 1866-2009 history class. The assignment was to interview veterans of WWII. When the students are told to pair up, mysterious red-haired Parker tells Edwin that she knows where to find old people. Edwin had been making videos and pining over the loss of his famous ex-girlfriend Sadie Evans since she had broken up with him a year ago. The two of them leave school early and visit a nursing home where they meet WWII veteran Garland Lenox; a fighter pilot that got shot down. With his skill as a French interpreter and a driver's license, Edwin is quickly recruited to help Garland and Parker to find his long-lost love, Madeleine, in France. She had saved his life and harbored him from Nazi soldiers. They quickly leave for the the airport and book a flight on a Boeing 727 nonstop to Paris. What follows afterward is a major international social media extravaganza.

Chad Alan Gibbs tells this story through the main character, 16-year-old Edwin. Once the trio is discovered missing, the authorities quickly track them down. Chad's use of sarcastic dialog between the three fugitives had me in stitches, laughing out loud with the non-stop antics, snappy comebacks, and anecdotes. The plot and the action are fast paced with never a dull moment. The author describes in intricate detail the vivid images that allow the reader to visualize everything that transpires. The characters are as colorful as the dialog. Even when the plot builds to a crescendo, you are left wanting more. Two Like Me and You is the funniest and most enjoyable book I have ever read. When it was over, I wanted more. Bravo, Mr. Gibbs! Awesome!

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

There are a lot of war stories from World War II that have never been shared. And, as the number of living veterans diminishes every year, more stories are lost forever. So, when a high school history teacher assigns the class the task of interviewing someone who actually lived during the Second World War, Edwin is teamed up with the very mysterious new girl, Parker, who then drags him to the seniors' residence to meet Garland, a veteran in his nineties with a lot of stories to share. But are all his stories true? Edwin isn’t so sure, even when Garland keeps reminding the boy that “you can’t make this shit up”. The plot thickens when Garland coerces the two teenagers to take him to France, first class at Garland’s expense, to find the love of his life, the woman he met when he was wounded while fighting the war; the woman he promised to return to and never did because he was told she had died after the liberation.

As Garland’s story of his war adventures unravels, the three unlikely traveling companions have adventures in this era, trying to evade capture as the world watches, cheering the trio on their seventy-year-old love quest. For this truly is a love story, past and present, a feel-good story. Chad Alan Gibbs’ novel, Two Like Me and You, is a powerful story on many levels. The main plot, in present day, moves at a driven pace, accompanied by the sub-plot, Garland’s war story and love story, that is equally riveting. There are at least three heroes (perhaps more) in this story, which become clear as the two plots develop. The characters are well developed and so realistic, you want to connect with them on their quest. And there’s humor, too. Where there’s drama, there has to be humor to lighten the mood.

This is a wonderful way to enlighten today’s up-and-coming generation of what it was really like when these old veterans were young teenagers. For Edwin, it crashes in on him at the memorial cemetery when, looking at the rows and rows of simple crosses, he actually thinks, “a lump rose in my throat when I realized many of the soldiers buried there were only a year or two older than me.” And, it’s at this moment that the meaning of the novel’s title becomes clear. It’s not about now. It’s not about the past. It’s all about time continuum. A powerful story for all generations.

Peggy Jo Wipf

Reading Two Like Me and You by Chad Alan Gibbs will evoke a mixture of emotions in readers as Edwin Green and Parker Haddaway spring Garland Lenox to find the love of his life. Garland was shot down over France during WWII and fell in love with the resistance teenager who saved his life. Seventy years later, he realizes she could still be alive and is determined to find her, despite being illegally submitted to a nursing home. The bond between Parker and Garland is more complex as the novel unfolds. Garland can give Parker a new beginning while Parker can give Garland closure in his life. Edwin was more of an afterthought as Parker realized he also needed to escape a past that was preventing him from moving forward in life.
The events in Two Like Me and You are so crazy you just couldn’t make this stuff up. Chad Alan Gibbs is an exceptional author and takes his readers halfway around the world while keeping their problems close to home. This novel is about love lost, but also about examining your own heart about the love you think is there. Everyone gets fifteen minutes of fame would be the second theme as these fugitives attract a lot of attention and they spread the news like wildfire over the internet. Chad Alan Gibbs ends this novel beautifully. I had laughed, cried, and cheered as each of the characters got what they wanted at the end. It makes you realize you may not want what you wish for.

Mamta Madhavan

Edwin Green is trying to win back his ex-girlfriend, Sadie Evans, who is super famous. He meets Garland Lenox a year to the day he loses his girlfriend, Sadie. The new girl in his class, Parker Haddaway, introduces him to Garland who is much older to them and a World War II veteran. Parker Haddaway is strange in many ways: she never smiles, and she only speaks to people who speaks to her first, but things change when they are paired for an assignment in their history class at school. Edwin has a driving license and he is fluent in French. The adventure of their life begins when the three of them escape to France in search of Garland's long-lost love, Madeleine. How do they get separated? What happens in France and will they be able to find Garland's love?

Two Like Me and You: A Novel by Chad Alan Gibbs is flighty, adventurous, and fast-paced as the author takes readers through Paris and other areas of France. It is entertaining to read how these three, Edwin, Parker, and Garland, attract the attention of the media and the French authorities. I like the way the author knits a love angle into a plot that is adventurous, intriguing, and filled with action. The author manages to keep the pace of the plot and there is not a single dull moment in this story. The detailed narration is a plus because it makes the scenes vivid and palpable to readers. All the characters are well portrayed and their contrasting personalities make them real and memorable. The story has a lot of challenges with some good emotional punches that make it an engaging read.