Publisher: MTV Books
Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Pages: 368 (Paperback)
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?
First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, MTV Books for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
Me Since You is a story about grief and regret. It’s a story that will hopefully draw a few tears, if not buckets full. It will leave you tired and drained but in a good way. Hopefully you’ll be able to connect to this piece of art just like I had. It’s such an emotional roller coaster that has a few dips and stops but is great.
Unfortunately, this novel has a hard time being realistic at moments. The times when Rowan needs Eli the most, he’s miraculously there. No one goes to prom without a ticket just because they felt like walking in the neighbourhood. Also for someone who knows grief so well, I felt like Eli handled these death a bit unrealistically. He’s so unbelievably happy whenever he’s with Rowan even after everything horrible happens and I just didn’t believe that someone can be that happy after someone they know dies.
What I did like about this book is the breathtaking decline of Rowan’s father. It’s so sad and heartbreaking and I loved every minute of it. It took many weeks and I loved that Laura Wiess doesn’t rush it nor does she pull it out of proportion especially Rowan and the way she reacts to her father’s depression.
Overall, Me Since You is such a sad story with an even sadder ending. However it’s a moving story that I really enjoyed despite its few flaws. I recommend this to just about everyone because of the fact that many people have gone through the things that both Rowan and Eli have gone through. Death touches the lives of everyone no matter how big or how small.
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