You Make Me

You Make Me

by Erin McCarthy


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ISBN-13: 9781497579583
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.71(d)

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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written almost fifty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin is a RITA finalist and the ALA Reluctant Young Reader award recipient. See for latest releases or follow her on Twitter: @authorerin.

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You Make Me 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
If ever there were a story from classic literature that was just screaming for a modern-day New Adult retelling, surely Wuthering Heights is it. It's always been one of those stories I've loved to hate. Catherine and Heathcliff's love--so overwhelming, so intense, so ultimately destructive to not only themselves but to everyone around them--was always the one redeeming thing about two such selfish and self-absobed characters. WH was always one of those (very few, fortunately--they're emotionally exhausting to read) books that I loved while really not liking the main characters at all. (Gone with the Wind's Scarlett O'Hara is the other biggie in this category.) The drama of the original, the angst, the all-encompassing be-all end-all nature of their relationship--really, this storyline is tailor-made for today's New Adult genre. Then to find out Ms. McCarthy moved the setting from the moors of Yorkshire to the coast of Maine, my favorite vacation destination? Icing on the cake. I began to be afriad that it was too perfect, that the novel would end up falling flat. Fortunately my fears were unfounded. Ms. McCarthy did a fantastic job of adapting the original to a modern time and genre, keeping the essence of the story but making it ultimately more palatable to today's reader. It was a constant pleasure to keep discovering all the ways she took Emily Brontë's characters and plot and made them more current. In the original, we never do find out where Heathcliff went for three years. Here, Heath joined the army and spent his time in Afghanistan. If anything these days could change a person quickly, making him or her seem older, more serious, and even haunted, it would be active duty in a war zone--excellent choice. In WH Heathcliff left in the first place because he knew that Catherine was going to marry Linton and overheard (the first half of) a conversation where she said that it would degrade her to marry him though she admitted "he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." In You Make Me, Heath leaves much earlier, before Cat gets a taste of "the good life" in college (ie stays at the Linton's more "normal" home) because his relationship with the younger Cat has been discovered (or perhaps just suspected) and a restraining order has been filed against him with Cat's "signature" on it but without her actual knowledge. The truth doesn't come to light until quite some time after he returns--for much of the novel Cat had no idea why Heath left so suddenly and disappeaed so completely. The reasons McCarthy gives here make perfect sense for our modern times, and the fact that she's finally moving on after four years of pining after a guy who took her virginity and then left mysteriously and disappeared completely makes the modern Cat a lot more relateable than Catherine Earnshaw, who knew Heathcliff was her other half but saw no problem with marrying someone else. In a nutshell--the essence of Brontë's characters and story are here, but all the parts that made my teenage heart cringe (and let's not do the math to figure out how long ago that was, okay? Thanks so much) were made much more palatable here. Ultimately, these were characters that I could actually like because they (thankfully) don't exactly take the same path as their predecessors. My English major heart could rejoice over seeing how McCarthy took the orginal and tweaked it, while at the same time being ever so grateful that she ultimately made it a new story. So...would I have liked this book as much on its own merit, without my love of the original? Probably not, I'll admit. It is more than a little over the top at times, even for a New Adult book. As a remake of a classic tale, though, it is outstanding--I loved seeing what she did with the story and how she was able to hold on to the passion and drama of the original while giving the angst a more modern--and believeable--feel. Heath is brooding and even stalkerish, but he's not the out-and-out borderline psychopath that Heathcliff returns as. Cat goes to college to remake herself--as so many do--leaving the impovrished wild child from the island behind her. She doesn't, however, decide she has to marry a rich guy to become a "great lady" despite her intense, all-consuming feelings for someone else. Most of the more cringe-worthy plot elements of the original are either altered or softened here--but you can still make the connection. A definite win-win. Next up in the series is McCarthy's version of Emily's sister Charlotte's novel Jane Eyre--Live For Me. I cannot wait to see what she does with it :) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I recieved a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Daydream-Books More than 1 year ago
You Make Me is my first Erin McCarthy book and I loved it. A story of whether that invisible emotional connection to your first love is really as strong as we remember and whether it can potentially destroy the current relationship you are in if you meet your first love again years later. Cat is settled at college, in love with a steady boyfriend with the next few years of their life together already planned out when it all comes crashing down when her first love, Heath reappears out of the blue. Cat is full of questions as to where he has been after disappearing so suddenly when she was seventeen after declaring the three little words any teenager is eager to hear in return. His reappearance causes her usually composed boyfriend to reveal a jealous streak and although Cat feels loyal to her new boyfriend she is burning with curiosity to seek Heath out again and find out what happened. She is upfront with Ethan from the start when she tells him that she is meeting up with Heath, but his jealousy and her confusion of her long forgotten feeling for Heath sparking back into life with vigor causes untold problems in her relationship with Ethan. She moves back and forth between the two men trying to make sense of what she wants and the best man perhaps does win in the end. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nacole More than 1 year ago
Too many loose ends. Her relationship with her mom, will she graduate college since she went this far, it all just seemed jumbled together.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book come up as a review opportunity, I was very intrigued by the premise alone. I am a sucker for a good love triangle, so this definitely piqued my interest. However, I almost don't even consider this a love triangle. I didn't feel there was any doubt as to who the main character would choose, so I felt a bit gypped on that push and pull I like in a love triangle. After reading You Make Me, I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book. I felt like it had the potential to really make this premise work, but it just fell short for me. What Worked: I really liked the prologue. It's short, but it gives you a brief insight as to how heartbroken this girl is from losing her first love. I think it's haunting and it gives just the right amount of hook to bring you into the story. I also liked the duplicity of Cat's character. Having grown up the way she did- with a mentally ill mother, a disabled father, and a brother,who she now has no association with, Caitlyn has known what it's like to go without. At school, she has transformed herself into someone else: her boyfriend and best friend have no idea about the life she once lived. She is the vice president of her sorority and no longer goes without. One look at her and you would never know she was once a scraggly little girl from the island. Heath knows her as the simple, uninhibited girl she once was and Ethan knows her as the perfectly coiffed, in control girl she is now. Caitlyn has to decide: does she want to be Cat or does she want to continue to be Caitlyn? What Didn't: I wasn't emotionally invested in this story. I feel it was just presented to me and I was told about Caitlyn's life, where I would have rather SEEN it. I would have preferred more in-depth flashbacks as to what Cat's life was like before. I wanted to see more of how her and Heath's relationship developed and I would have even liked to see how her and Ethan got together. This was my biggest issue with the book: the lack of development. When I first read the blurb, I imagined I would be emotionally torn in half trying to decide between the two love interests. I wasn't at all. In fact, I had a hard time liking both of them. Ethan is built up as this great guy who really loves her and wants to spend his life with her, but maybe it's because I didn't get to see their relationship develop and get to where it currently was, I just didn't see that. He becomes extremely jealous over Heath's return and does some things that I would kick a guy's ass for doing. Heath, on the other hand, has a bit of a bad boy persona- more mysterious, gruff- we don't know why he left without any explanation, but now he's back and wants to be with Cat. Having just got out of the Marines, Heath has certainly been affected by what happened over there, which he won't discuss and we never find out about. His anger really bothered me and I was left wondering what Caitlyn saw in either guy because it didn't seem either of them were the right choice. I also didn't like the way Heath handled several things towards the end of the novel: it made him seem deceptive and secretive and I was left wondering if he had an ulterior motive. Caitlyn's character irritated me to no end though. She claims she's made her choice, but after the way she was treated, I don't understand WHY that was her choice. Was it just to continue living the life she was? She also made me doubt her because of how fast she seemed to move on afterwards. I'm trying to avoid spoilers, so I will leave it at that. I don't think she knew what she wanted and she was torn between what she should want and what she really did. I also felt there was an instance towards the end where I seriously wondered if Cat was going to end up being bipolar. Her jealousy throughout the book was bad enough, but the scene to which I'm referring, I feel she seriously went off the deep end. Final Thoughts: This just wasn't for me. Having read tons of New Adult and love triangles done extremely well, this one just missed the mark. I am such a character driven reader and I need to feel emotionally invested in my characters for the book to truly leave a lasting impression. I felt more irritation than anything with this set of characters and I do believe that had there been more development, I may have enjoyed this one a bit more than I did.
mommmyerin More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I couldn't put it down.
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
You Make Me is a amazing romance read. I thought the storytelling was amazing. I was drawn in by the three main characters of Catilyn, Ethan, and Heath. There is also some other amazing suporting characters in the book that stories were great too. The crazy love triangles and the amazing twist and turns that the character go thru made me keep turning the pages.  In the beginning of story we learn a little bit about Catilyn and her past and why she is trying to escape it. First we meet Ethan the university boy who Catliyn has finally grown close to after a long time and she finally letting down some of her barriers after a terrible heartbreak. Heath is Catilyn's foster brother who Catilyn grows extremely close too and then he all of sudden leaves her with out anything else being said.  As you continue to read this story you are drawn through the many steps of there love triangle and watching Cat try to make decisons that are best for her self when both of the guys she cares and loves are pulling for her love and attention. You will have to read the book to find how which ways she goes and if you agree or disagree. I was cheering them both on at different times.  Loved this book , Cant wait for the next one in the series. I recieived this book as ARC from the Author for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear sweet baby jesus, this book is awful. Do not waste your money. Its all over the place, has NO flow at all. I wanted to punch this girl repeatedly, not only that but its so unrealistic. Not a fan at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was amazing, loved every word of it. I would love to know how Ethan ends up moving forward, like does he eventually get over Cat? I’m hooked !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good, slow,but interesting story of hurting people who are trying to find love. Letting go of insecurities to allow the barriers to go down.
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Febbabie212 More than 1 year ago
Erin McCarty is not a new author to me. Over the years, I’ve read her race car series, vampire series, and her New Adult books. She’s truly spanned multiple genres but my favorite by her has always been her New Adult books. She’s able to address the critical and formative college years in a relatable manner that makes the characters understandable. After starting this book, I ended up reading her entire Blurred Lines series. Side-note, as someone who hates the song, “Blurred Lines”, I was not a fan of the series title though it does make sense with the book plots. You Make Me is the reunion story of Cat and Heath. Heath was a foster child at Cat’s house when they were teenagers and they had a passionate relationship which abruptly ended. The story starts with Cat in college, having left behind all the trauma from her past, including Heath. She’s living a charmed life, a sorority girl with a future lawyer boyfriend, Ethan. All of this comes crashing in around her the night Ethan proposes and Heath returns in her life. In my opinion, this was not the strongest book in the series. Cat has tried to remake her life and in doing so, hides her true self. The return of Heath brings out the nature that she has been denying. In the midst of Heath’s return and the attraction between them is Cat’s fiance Ethan and his sister, Aubrey, who is Cat’s best friend. It’s clear that both Aubrey and Ethan will get future books. Ethan was a nice character who was supportive albeit surprised by the changes in his girlfriend. Aubrey, in the middle of Cat’s drama, is clearly getting sucked into an unhealthy relationship which does play out in a future book. I wasn’t a fan of how long Ethan was dragged along when it was clear that the past between Cat and Heath wasn’t over. Heath had returned from the army and was clear that the he wanted Cat back. He actively pursued her and I did admire his devotion to her. At the same time, it was a little uncomfortable because she was clearly in a healthy relationship. It was Cat’s indecisiveness that bothered me throughout the book. She couldn’t chose between Ethan and Heath until she wasn’t given a choice. It takes a while for her to become a better character and in my opinion, it didn’t happen until she returned home and faced the demons of her past. You Make Me, while not my favorite, was a solid first book. It was a decent read and intrigued me with minor characters enough to continue to read the series. The other books follow Cat’s foster sister, Tiffany, Aubrey, and Ethan, all of whom are strong minor characters. I just found it hard to root for Cat and Heath throughout this book and that’s why it wasn’t my favorite.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars This beautiful love story is book one in the Blurred Lines series and it features Heath Deprey and Caitlyn Michaud. They fell in love as teens but were torn apart for years. They meet again but circumstances have changed and she's engaged to someone else. So many twists and turns, unexpected events that one or the other didn't know about. I love witnessing their journey. It was emotional and heartbreaking and very beautiful. I am looking forward to book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow loved the book first love. Characters were great loved Ethan and cat and heath! Very well written . NO CLIFFHANGER
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has too much going on, it rambles on and on! I lost interest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a romantic, lovely, emotional read! Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had great potential but it did not shine. Cat was immature for being her age and in college. She should have known not to mess around with 2 other guys feelings they way she did. Health was hopeless in love with her. Ethan was just the right image for her. It was an OK story line, but I got sick of Cat's choices.
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Little confused with the way some new characters were suddenly dropped in & the was annoyed by the female lead...she was so up & down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are very immature, and there are elements of the plot that are far-fetched even for a romance. A TOTAL waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved soooooooooooooooo much great sex if that is what you like my boyfriend loves to read books with me and he wanted to read this again and again maybe because we know someone who married their foster bother and they r maddly in love any way i say this is a must read
kellyrae99 More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed Erin McCarthy books before, but I won't read anymore of this series. I think it's been put in the New College genre, but I would have put it in a younger genre except for the sex. That said, even at 14, the main character Cat would have annoyed me.
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