By: Melanie | January 22, 2014 | (26) Comments

Review: Me Since You by Laura WiessMe Since You by Laura Wiess
Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Pages: 368
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?

Sobbing.

Sobbing.

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.

*Start Spoiler*

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!

*End Spoiler*

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!~

4 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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26 Responses to Review: Me Since You by Laura Wiess

  1. OMG, I just couldn’t. I hate crying. If I know a book is going to make me sob I steer clear mostly. But this does sound like a good read.
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  2. Emily Mead says:

    This author is actually on my “list of authors I need to get around to reading some day.” Maybe I should bump her up the list 🙂
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  3. Wow Mel, this sounds super emotional and like it affected you a lot – signs of a powerful, well written story! Thanks for sharing and I hope you eat that chocolate!
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  4. A lot of MTV’s books haven’t worked for me in the past, but this novel sounds so gripping and powerful, that I think it’s just for me! Fantastic review, Melanie!

  5. I agree COMPLETELY Melanie! I really enjoyed this, but the fact that Rowan was able to suddenly speed-heal after she found her father’s suicide note really took away from the overall impact of this novel. I feel as if it would have been a LOT more poignant without that. :/ Still, it was a powerful novel and I’m so glad you enjoyed it too. Lovely review, dear! 🙂
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  6. Argh! Am I the only one who didn’t spend a tissue box on this novel? Now, I am really feeling bad. I have two main issues about this book.

    First: I cannot connect with most of the characters. Rowan, her mother and Eli were somewhat average. Surprisingly, it was Nadia who really made an impression on me. You’re right, she’s a *$@^!%& biatch.

    Second: I was exhausted reading Rowan and her mother’s grieving process. It felt like a bookish version of a soap opera where the grieving was just endless. I don’t know, maybe I wasn’t just in the mood of reading a sad story during that time.

    Lovely review, Mel!

  7. I may reserve this book on my weekend readings because I do not want to cry in public! My heart is really sensitive to this kind of story, so I know that I will ugly-cry, too. Great review, Mel! Here’s a virtual chocolate bar.
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  8. Celine says:

    *SPOILERS* Just in case someone reads through the comments…

    Yes, this one was incredibly sad! I don’t cry easily, but damn if my eyes didn’t fill with tears during this book. Especially when she finds out about the suicide! It was so sad and heartbreaking *sniffles*
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  9. I hate AND love books that make me cry! I want to have all the feels but the few times I have actually cried with the book I feel so silly. Which is a reason I’m scared to read this one!

  10. Ayyy looks like you need more chocolate *sends more* But omg YES I totally agree about Nadia she was such a bitch I want to slap her because she was so selfish! Like sheesh show a little compassion for Rowan’s problem and at least be empathetic but instead she was like “You’re ruining MY mood all right” *foams at the mouth* But I totally agree, this entire book was so emotional and the romance worked perfectly with the overall plot. *cries some more* Fantastic review as always, Mel! <33
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  11. Melliane says:

    I love books like that! Well it must be difficult to read it when there are a lot of persons because I can cry easily lol. Just read written in red and crying along with it. But this one sounds really intense and I confess I’m curious now about it. thank you darling for the discovery!
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  12. You have me incredibly curious about this one. I enjoy books that speak to me and change me, but I cannot do a big crying book right now. I struggle so much in the winter and this would slay me. I will wait for a nice sunny day since the subject matter is so tough. Lovely review. I hope you enjoy your chocolates.
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  13. Oh wow, I’m not sure that I’d have the courage to read this! It sounds too emotional for me, but it’s great that it managed to draw that reaction from you. That’s always an impressive feat. I don’t think I’ve tried anything by Laura Wiess before, but you’ve certainly made me curious about her now. Lovely review, Mel. 🙂
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  14. Oh my I will need chocolate and wine before I attempt this one. I am by nature an emotional reader and this would make me cry. I have to be in the right frame of mind but will add this one, lovely review *hands you some chocolate*
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  15. Megan says:

    I can’t hold in tears to save my life. This is definitely a don’t-read-in-ublic for me then!
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  16. I actually HATED this one. I felt absolutely nothing for the characters and suicide is something that’s really personal to me. Rowan was so annoying, though I did like Eli.

    I’m the total black sheep in this, of course.

    So glad that you loved it, though! I feel a little left out that I didn’t cry, lol.

    – Nova
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  17. It’s really good, seeing good reviews for this. I cannot wait to start reading it. Thanks for the reivew
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