Me Since You by Laura Weiss – Review

May 21, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

Me Since You by Laura Weiss – ReviewRelease Date: February 18, 2014
Title: Me Since You
Author: Laura Weiss
Pages: 368
Publisher: MTV Books
Source: Edelweiss, NetGalley
From the Publisher: 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?
4 Stars

Let’s start with Twitter, shall we?

Those tweets pretty much perfectly sum up the constant emotion I felt while reading this book.

It hurt.

But I’m so glad I read it. It was so real and so raw. I’ve never experienced anything like what Rowan went through in this book. Yes, I’ve been depressed. Yes, I have wanted to be dead. But I’ve never even considered the possibility of making that happen.

I just can’t imagine. Even though I read it and felt it and lived it with her, I still can’t imagine that being someone’s reality.

Yes, this book was hard to read.

But it was worth the hurt.

Me Since You is definitely the kind of book that can begin a dialogue with teens who either are, or know someone who is, depressed. I highly recommend it.

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