Monday, February 10, 2014

ARC Review | Me Since You by Laura Wiess

ARC Review | Me Since You by Laura Wiess" class="ubb-image alignleft">Me Since You by Laura Wiess
Published by MTV Books on 2014-02-18
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult

“Laura Wiess’s masterful prose kept me turning the pages. This is the first book in a very long time that made me say, ‘Wish I’d written this’” (Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank, on Such a Pretty Girl).

Oh c’mon, Dad, nothing’s going to happen. And for sixteen year-old Rowan Areno, shielded by her parents from the dark side of life, nothing bad usually does...until that last Friday in March when Rowan cuts school for a day of fun—and a random stranger’s shocking crime sets a traumatic series of events into motion that will change her life forever. The crime video goes viral, the cruel, relentless aftermath threatening Rowan, her family, and Eli, a witness haunted by losses of his own. But when tragedy strikes, shattering Rowan’s world and destroying all she thought was true, not even Eli can protect her from the devastation. Her life now divided into Before and After, Rowan struggles to survive, searching for answers, and desperate to make sense of what remains. She discovers that everyone grieves differently, though, and the path to love and forgiveness isn’t simple or straightforward. Will she carry these emotional wounds with her forever, or with Eli’s help, can she learn to trust, hope and believe in happiness again? Me Since You is Laura Wiess at her finest—a beautiful, gripping, and painfully honest examination of love, loss, and a family in crisis.

I received an ARC from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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I won’t lie, the cover of this book is really what captured my attention. The young girl, sitting with her hands in her lap and her head facing downward. I just knew she had a story to tell and one that probably wasn’t filled with much happiness.
Fast forward to my emotions as I begin to read and become engrossed in the devastating moment that sets off a chain of events that are equally, if not more, devastating than the first, and I found myself struggling to hold back the floodgate of emotion that was overwhelming. I’ve always been an emotional reader. I have a tendency to connect with the characters of a book and invest my time and energy into their emotions, so when it came to the difficult turn of events that took place in this book, I was an emotional wreck.
Me Since You touches on some very difficult topics that are well-known in this day and age, suicide and depression. Rowan is your average 16-year-old girl, but the further I read, the more I began to look at her as someone who has so much to deal with in her young life and someone who grows and matures right before your eyes. I don’t want to give away what happens in this story, but I will say to prepare yourself for the flood of emotions you will feel as you get deeper in the story. There are times you will struggle, but I encourage you to continue reading and to take this journey with Rowan.

Four out of five stars.

Happy reading.


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