Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl’s journey from innocence to devastating loss and, ultimately, to a strange and unexpected kind of understanding—in this beautiful and painfully honest new novel.
Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?
Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.
If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother — and herself — from the endless replay of heartache and grief.
Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?
2 hours later.
Eating chocolate that Eileen sent via the internet.
Thinks of Me Since You.
Starts sobbing again.
Well that sucked. Not the book, but the fact that I had to hold in all my tears as I read this book on the train and at the state library. Trust me people; there were a lot of tears wanting to fall. Right now, I just want to sit in a hole with my chocolate and ice-cream and blanket and hide there for eternity. Is that allowed? Please do let it be.
“If only…” If only Rowan didn’t skip school that Friday, then her family wouldn’t be smothered in the grief that they are in now. If only Rowan’s police officer father didn’t pick her up, to only be called to the bridge where a man and baby stood, then Rowan’s father wouldn’t have had tumble into numb depression that he was in. Then they’d still be a happy, normal family. But it’s too late now. They are far from being a happy and normal family. But the only thing left to do is to accept and hope, and try.
Me Since You is not a love story, there is a romance but it’s set nicely in the background. This is not about a damaged guy who suddenly enters a newly damaged girl’s life and fixes it within an instant. Because romance is not the answer to everything. The chemistry between Rowan and Eli is entirely genuine and bittersweet. Eli understands Rowan’s position because he underwent a similar grief related situation a little over a year ago, and the two were perfectly compatible. And I was swooning the whole time.
I’ve got two complaints with Me Since You. First and foremost, I hated Nadia, Rowan’s best friend. I think the author purposely made her an unlikeable character, but damn she was really stretching it. She was a completely inconsiderate friend who even told Rowan to ‘speed grieve’. Clearly, this girl knows nothing. Speed grieving is not going to help at all. And dragging her to parties then getting mad at her is not going to help at all. That. BITCH.
My other complaint was when Rowan found the suicide letter from her father. That scene made me sob my eyes out yet I didn’t like how Rowan found it so easy to heal after that. Just all because of a suicide note. Maybe that could have been her starting point of healing after the trauma, but I felt the author rushed that part a few steps too quickly. Still a heart-shattering scene all the same!
Laura Wiess’ latest is a novel full of grief, loss but also hope. It is achingly raw and powerful. It is heartbreaking. It is a story of what it means to live, and what it means to die. It is a story about grieving—and different forms of it. Me Since You is absolutely not my last book by Laura Wiess; I am determined to try her previous books, for I’d be a fool not to since I adored this book dearly.
~Thank you MTV Books for sending me this copy!~
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