Monday, May 12, 2014

Me Since You by Laura Weiss [Review]

Me Since You3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Me Since You by Laura Weiss
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: February 18, 2014
Paperback: 368 Pages
Publisher: MTV Books
My Copy: Publisher (Netgalley)
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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?
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Me Since You is a rumination on grief and the wide effects our actions have on others, especially where suicide is concerned.   This book is about the ones left behind and what happens after someone makes the decision to end their life.

I feel like I could review this book on two levels.  On one level, I appreciated that Weiss really dug into the topic of grief.  She spends a lot of time analyzing the grief process and how different people grieve.  I think a lot of people who have lost someone close to them can relate to Rowan.

But if I were to look at this story in the book, it didn't quite work for me.  There is a jarring transition between the "before" and "after", which ok, death IS jarring and it does stop everything in its tracks.  But sometimes I felt the grieving was endless.  But this is why it is so hard for me to review this book! Because in real life grief does seem endless and it is all consuming.  So on one hand, I appreciated the realism.  But on the other hand...reading half a book about every thought Rowan had about her grief felt repetitive.  Especially when nothing else really happens.  So I don't know.  I think it was also harder because I didn't particular like Rowan, so I wasn't very connected to her as a character. 

Ultimately, I think some people will really connect with this story.  I wish there was a bit more of a story and plot personally.

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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