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Posted November 4, 2014
Me Since You is a seamlessly touching book. Although it is set around the turbulent going ons of a young adult dealing with pressure of other people’s decisions and their after affect on her life it is far more than just that. It is layered with mature situations that even most adults would find hard to come to terms with. Certainly a tear jerking piece of literature that is worthy of a read by the young and old. I received a copy of this book from publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 starsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2014
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon and Schuster and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Rowan seems to always be getting in trouble for things, and even gets brought home by the police – something that her parents especially dislike considering that her father is also a police officer.
When her father is unable to stop a man from killing himself and his young son, he begins to suffer from depression though, and doesn’t seem like himself at all.
Can Rowan’s father get through this depression? And can anyone really know how he’s really feeling?
This was an okay, but while it was sad in places, it was also quite boring in places too.
Rowan was an okay character, although I found her to be quite stupid and immature at times. She did things knowing that she would get in trouble with her parents and/or the cops if she was caught, yet did them anyway. She also made some really bad decisions, and didn’t really seem to give people the respect they deserved.
The storyline in this was okay, but I did find myself bored a lot of the time. The sad event in this book was sad, but I also saw it coming from really early on. The characters behaviours after this event was fairly typical given the situation, but while I felt sorry for them, the story didn’t really move me the way I expected it to.
There was a little bit of romance, but it was a bit of a side story rather than the main storyline.
The thing in this story that I liked the least has got to be Rowan’s friend Nadia, who wasn’t really sympathetic, and in fact made some really awful comments to Rowan regarding the bad thing that happened to her.
The ending to this was okay, and was probably the best part of the book for me. I liked how Rowan finally got a bit of closure, and finally learned to forgive as well.
Overall; a sad story, but not 100% engaging.
6.5 out of 10.
Posted May 8, 2014
Posted March 8, 2014
This one caught me completely off guard. The tragedy that's mentioned is NOT what I was expecting. It brings up the big issue of depression and a sense of loss that I've never read in a YA book before. And for this to be realistic fiction, it didn't feel like that at all. Why you ask? Because the characters and their emotions felt entirely TOO real to be fiction.
"'Semper Fi," he says softly, and closes the screen. "Always faithful."
The character and the emotions were what drove me to love this story. Everything felt so real and the emotions were so raw. It physically hurt me everytime I read this book. Why? My EYES were super red and ridiculously puffy most of the time I was reading this. I was so invested in this book that I found myself reading it and sniffling from it at work. That's just how real everything felt to me.
"'We grow up believing that bad things don't happen to good people... but sometimes they do. It's a hard truth to accept, that life is not fair."
Another thing I really loved was although it was a contemporary, it wasn't necessarily a contemporary romance. It wasn't centered on their feelings for each other. Don't get me wrong, Eli is definitely swoon worthy, but the book is more about Rowan's growth. Eli is a huge part of this because he helps her in so many ways, but at the same time, he is not the only thing that gets her thorough. Some things she used her mother for and other things it was just a mere cat.
"'Funny how nothing can turn into something when you least expect it."
This tale of gripping emotion and wonderful characters focuses on something that not many other YA reads have focused on. I really appreciate that. SO many books now are the same or about the same thing. But not this one. She dared to be different and believe you me, it's a winner.
Posted March 5, 2014
Some people are resilient. They go through so much and can handle pretty much anything that comes their way. Then something happens and they can't anymore. This story is so emotional that it captures the reader deeply.
Plot: In the beginning, the plot moves a bit slow. From the start, I knew that this book would be emotional yet the story took time to get there. Almost half-way through the story I wondered if maybe I read something wrong. And then it happened. The plot builds up slowly from the beginning to middle but once the main meat of the story is out the plot moves faster. I admit that since I was anticipating the hard part of the story that when it finally happen I was taken away by it.
Suicide: Yes, this book is about suicide. The before and after. The consequence of the person taking their life and how it affected others. And the struggle to win that battle. I like that while reading this book, the reader see the struggle but not in much detail. The authors does a great job getting the reader to see the depression, the anxiety, the fight to live. And yet, the author leaves suicide a mystery. The readers see it but can't quite comprehend it. This is the hard part. You want to understand. You want to help. But all you can do is sit there and cry.
Family: This part is another hard part to read. The reader also gets to see the aftermath of the broken family. Through the funeral, fights about finances, fights about counseling, fights about letting go and moving on. I mean, how can you move one from something you've known your entire life? How can you move on with no explanation? This is what this family goes through.
Closure: Letting go is the one of the hardest and bravest thing a person can do. Rowan dealt with her grief the way I expected any teenager to. She grieved through letters and took it one day at time.
This is an great story that carries suicide in a whole new way. It really takes the reader on this emotional ride that can not be stop once started. Me Since You is a touching tale that moves the reader deeply. Taking great care with every plot twist, Me Since You is admirable.
Posted March 5, 2014
I wanted to read Me Since You because I have read Laura Wiess before and I liked her dark contemporary and writing style, so of course, I wanted to pick this up. Luckily it was available on Edelweiss and I was able to grab a copy.
Me Since You is a dark book, about a girl and boy connected by a crime and then their friendship and budding relationship deepens as they spend time together and as their pasts line up and they are able to offer understanding and a warm shoulder or hug at moments of despair.
The format is pretty unique because the first part switches from first person to third and is from different pov but then it goes back to first person with our narrator Rowan.
I like that we get glimpses of what a normal life she lived before tragedy struck her family and brought her closer to a boy that wasn't even on her radar before.
We get to see the cruel and thoughtless nature of not only high schoolers but also adults as the backlash spreads from the crime videos. It is hard to accept that a crime can just be tragic, people want to point fingers and assign blame, and it can get ugly. Because there are real people on the receiving end and words can be pretty darn painful.
The crime and the following events are very emotional, and seeing it through Rowan's eyes was hard because of all that she and Eli have on their plates and dealing with.
I liked their romance and that it wasn't all consuming, but that Eli let her put her grief first, but also that they deeply shared with each other. That she had a confidant in him even when her best friend didn't understand and support her like she should have.
I also really appreciated the real portrayal of depression and grief. That it doesn't just last two weeks and you are over it. It is lasting, and you feel a whole spectrum of emotions. It hit me on the personal level too because of the personal connection that some of you would realize right away if you've followed my blog and know my backstory.
The ending was powerful, real, and laced with hope and healing, but no magic cures and realistic just like the rest of the book.
Bottom Line: Dark and emotional book with a grieving heroine.
Posted February 27, 2014
Me Since You starts off with the “before” Rowan. We get to see Rowan living as a typical teenager would, dealing with normal everyday teenage stress. Friends, family, homework… the usual. Then, because of choices people made, they end up at the wrong place at the wrong time… and this will forever change their lives.
This book just gets more and more devastating as it continues. One bad event leads to another, then another. I have to give Laura Wiess A LOT of credit though. There are several difficult topics, and she wasn’t scared to really show them in their most unfavorable light. It’s harsh and will tear your heart out, but it’s real. Very real.
Me Since You really opened my eyes to many things. First of all, mental illness. Unless you’ve ever suffered or known someone first-hand that has, it’s hard to really see into the details of what mental illnesses can do to a person. This was eye-opening for me. Also the grieving process after a tragic event, such as a suicide, and how it can differ from person to person. Not all people grieve the same, and because of this it seems society may be tough for some grieving people to handle. I was shocked at how cruel and unfair some of the characters were in this story. It definitely was a much sadder story than I thought it would be.
I really think this is a story to read, and I hope the sadness factor doesn’t scare many readers away. Yes, it’s sad… but it’s definitely worth it. It’s a moving story that really touched my heart. I finished this book days ago, and I’m still finding myself thinking about it often. It really left an impact on me.
Posted February 19, 2014
First thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for providing me with a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
If you’re looking into another YA romance turn away because this is not what this book is about. It’s about grief, heartbreak and how one event can lead to a devastating ripple effect.
I loved that the author didn’t took the easy road with her novel. She’s not scared of talking about subjects that a lot of authors are afraid to approach. Her writing was very genuine and emotional and I could easily understand Rowan, the main character, when she went through being confused, lost, upset, angry, and finally learns to accept the tragedy and start thinking about living again. It was like reading a diary; you’re really pulled into Rowan head. I’ve been through grieving a person close to me myself and I found myself relying to her a lot during the book.
This book should definitely be on your reading list, it’s a book who will have you thinking for a long time after you’re done, this is not a funny and light read but even if the book talk about difficult subject you’ll find yourself sucked into the story. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more books by Laura Wiess.
Posted February 18, 2014
“It’s the sound of life, and I feel like I need to be in it. I want to be in it.”
My emotions were all over the place as I read this book. It has taken me two days to try to figure out what to write for this review as I know that what I write is not going to convey how I really feel. As Rowan went about her life, I felt as if she was just trying to fit in. Running beside Nadia: skipping school, going to parties, flirting with guys, she was looking for a way to fit in. Eli, what a vital individual to add to Rowan’s life and what a story he had. He’s right there in the middle as he understands firsthand what Rowan is experiencing, add to that his past and this attraction between Rowan and Eli, you just have to love him. His calm and loving personality and his own way of looking at the world, it was just what Rowan needed. Two suicides in such a short period of time is a lot to handle. First, the death of the young father and now the death of her own father, Rowan feels numb. As Rowan tries to come to grips with her life, I was grabbing at my tablet for something tangible to hold onto. Laura’s words had me. Those sentences packed with emotions were getting the best of me while the story sailed on. I knew what was coming up I had read the synopsis but the impact it had on me was something else. The words are powerful and the emotions of the characters as they deal with the multiple suicides are intense and heartfelt. As they healed, the sky became bluer and the air became lighter but the pain still lingers, it is a wound that will always show its scar.
Laura’s words in the book were very powerful and provoking. Leaving some sentences short and others long, had me bookmarking quite a few pages in this novel as I wanted to come back and reread them. The subject matter is not something a lot of people like to talk about but this story deals with this topic before it occurs and its aftermath. Watching the individuals cope and heal is a powerful and emotional event which did not occur without some shedding of the tears. Yes, there are many joyous occasions in the book and many times I laughed and smiled while reading this novel. It’s a terrific book that I will not forget and one I will reread again.
Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book to read.
Posted February 17, 2014
Me Since You was a difficult book to read. Not because of the writing (it was gorgeous) or because I had issues with the characters or the plot (I didn't, they were both perfection), but because of the subject matter. I knew enough about this book going in that I knew it was going to be this way, but I still hadn't fully prepared myself for what all it would entail, all the emotions it would bring out in me. The feelings were all real. I could feel the pain, guilt and loss Rowan was experiencing. I shed many a tear over this book. It was gut-wrenching at times.
The romance in this story takes back burner to the other things going on, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. Rowan was dealing with a lot and she was the type of person who had to do it for herself, by herself, on her own terms. Eli made himself available, but, no stranger to loss himself, backed off and let her come to him. It was a mature and respectable thing to do. Both Rowan and Eli were special and good. Completely relatable, realistic and likable. They were well-developed and complex. Rowan's journey in this book was incredible. Her feelings were so raw, her grief and guilt so tangible, her need to put her family back together so real. She was an incredibly strong girl. Her journal entries about killed me. I can't begin to fathom what she was going through and I never want to have to cope with that kind of loss, but through her journal entries I experienced all she was, for better or worse.
If you're looking for an upbeat book, this isn't the one for you. But if you're looking for real emotion and aren't afraid to get wrapped up in a character's feelings, don't pass this one by. It was absolutely beautiful. Devastating and heartbreaking, but hope shined through in the end. This book gutted me, but in the best way possible. I'm an emotional reader and I tend to connect to characters like I do with real people in the world outside of books, so when one is feeling pain, I feel it too. This book definitely brought out all the feels. It took me from being apprehensive about what would happen through the stages of grief myself (and a lot of tears) and left me with a hopeful and peaceful, satisfied smile at the end.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
Posted June 25, 2014
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