Friday, February 21, 2014

Book Review: Me Since You by Laura Wiess

Me Since You
by Laura Wiess

Genre: YA, contemporary
Published February 18th 2014 by MTV Books
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Blurb (Goodreads):
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?

My Thoughts:

I got curious first time I came across Me Since You. It was when Kate from The Bookaholic Blurbs wrote a status saying this book made her cry. When I saw it on Netgalley, I requested and thankfully, I've been accepted. I've grown to love books that make me cry. Because it meant that book is special to have an effect on me.

The first part confused me. It started with Rowan's--the female lead character--point of view and then next it became a third person perspective. I was really confused that I wanted to stop reading. I did paused but started again after reading a book or two. I don't want to abandon the book without knowing what happens and the main reason why the point of view shifted. After that chapter, Rowan's POV was back.  And I did get the point in the middle. I'm so glad I continued reading.

This book told a lot of story from different situations in life. The story of Rowan, the teenage girl who doesn't know who she really is and what she really wants. A story a father and a policeman who only wants her family, daughter, and other people to be in good path. A story of a mother and a wife who did everything to make everything alright. A story of a boy who moved on and learned a lot in life after a heartbreaking past. These are just some of the stories told in this book. There were many but it was all connected to one. I liked how the author did the ripple effect even though the situation was devastating--I think that was the reason why this book was more realistic. The characters are also good and effective--that makes this book more powerful. But that doesn't stop me from hating and cursing Rowan's best friend. She's the worst literary friend ever.

Me Since You is an emotional read. I didn't cried like I thought I was going to but it was heart-wrenching enough to break my heart over and over again. It told a realistic story of a person--a family--grieving, loving, forgetting, forgiving, and moving on. People who've had their heart broken, grieved, and let go or in the midst of it will relate a lot in this book.

*Thank you so much to MTV Books and Netgalley for an ebook review copy of this book!


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