Mon, February 17, 2014

Me Since You by Laura Wiess Review

Me Since You book cover

Me Since You book cover

Me Since You
By Laura Wiess
Publication date: Feb. 18, 2014
MTV Books, 368 pages
Source: Publisher

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?

— Goodreads.com description

WARNING: Do not read this book if you want something light and fluffy.

Me Since You is a lot of things, but it’s not that.

What it is: A really sincere book about grief, guilt and depression.

The book description indicates something awful is going to happen in this story — there’s no disguising that. I was just surprised by the author’s pacing and decisions on this (not in a bad way), so I am going to keep this review vague to not mess with your reading experience.

What you do need to know: Based on early reviews I read, I excepted to sob my eyes out. I did not — perhaps because the book felt less surprisingly, shockingly upsetting and more dully, realistically painful. So I didn’t have the intense emotional connection other people did, but I still really appreciated how this book made me think.

I think Rowan’s story is a powerful, important one that will stick with me for a while. If you think you’re in the mood to handle it, I highly recommend it.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: death, family, friendship, laura wiess, romance
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  1. Jess @ Such A Novel Idea said:

    I just stayed up and finished this book last night. I was expecting to go to bed early, but once I got started I was hooked and read the entire thing in one sitting.

    It was the most ‘real’ book that dealt with these subjects I’ve read in a long time. I felt like I was peering into someone else’s lives rather than reading a book at times.

    Great review!

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    Anna Reply:

    Ooooh all-nighter. I LOVE when you get sucked in like that.

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  2. Lisa is Busy Nerding said:

    Is this part of the “Such a Pretty Girl” action? Series? Universe? Whatever?

    If so, SaPG gutted me. I’m interested to know how her story continues, but I need to be prepped for the emotional wreckage.

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    Anna Reply:

    No, different. I think! It’s not part of a series, anyway. Should I read Such a Pretty Girl?! I don’t know that one!

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  3. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    I loved this book so much. It completely wrecked me. I pretty much sobbed through the whole things. But you are so right about it being a powerful story that will stick with you. I still haven’t stopped thinking about this book. Weeks after I finished reading it.

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    Anna Reply:

    Same!!!

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  4. Lindsi said:

    This is the first time I’ve heard of this book. I saw you mention it on Twitter a few times–it make me curious. I just figured I would wait for your review. 🙂

    I haven’t been in the mood for deep/emotional books lately, and I think that’s because my emotions are currently all over the place as it is. (Pregnancy is weird.) However, I do love books that make you think, are powerful, and that will stick with you for awhile. (Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma did that to me.) I’ll definitely look into this book when I want something that isn’t happy-making, and is more thought-provoking.

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    Anna Reply:

    Ummm, yeah this book isn’t for you and all your hormones at the moment. Read it post-baby! 🙂

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  5. Tara said:

    This is still on my Kindle because I’m nervous to read it…should just bite the bullet, eh?

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    Anna Reply:

    Yes…just not when you are feeling for something peppy!

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  6. Sue said:

    A deep, sensitive and emotionally charged story. I cried a lot!

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