Author : Laura Wiess
Publisher : Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books | MTV Books
Published date : February 18th 2014
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?
I got a free copy of Me Since You from Netgalley in exchange with an honest review.
First of all, oh. My. God. You don’t know how relieved I am to finally finish this book. This book is depressing and has a dark tone. Me Since You deals with serious issues like depression and suicide. It’s good actually to read a book which talks about things like that but sometimes it’s a downside for me because I’m not good at reading intense books. It could drive me mad.
There is a lot of ‘what if’ questions hanging in this book. The events in Me Since You are happened like a domino effect. That makes Rowan, the main character, keeps asking what if she didn’t do what she did which might not lead to another event that finally results in the tragedy that changes her life.
There’s a time when I feel like I want to slap Rowan in the face. Seriously. It really feels like two steps forward three steps backward with her and it’s killing me. Even though some people around her couldn’t cope with her loss, she still got Eli who totally understands what she’s going through. It’s not much, but it’s enough, right?
For those who expect sweet romance between Eli and Rowan, well, there is romance but it’s not the center of this book. This book is mainly about the tragedy that happens in Rowan’s family and how she deals with it. Me Since You is an emotional read. This book is intense and exhausting. I was tired after reading this book. It’s not a great read but it’s good enough. I give this book three out of five.